Top 10 most researched cars for Ramadan 2014
Ramadan Kareem to everyone. As the oldest automotive consumer website in the region (you can still read our reviews from 2004!) as well as the most popular among real car shoppers (our advertising budget is peanuts compared to the imitators that have popped up), we are in a good position to see exactly what people here are interested in buying, simply by looking at our stats. Here’s a rundown of the top ten cars being researched the most on DriveArabia.com this Ramadan across the GCC, with a bit of a bias towards the UAE.
The new one seems to be doing extremely well as usual, with or without seasonal offers. It’s Number One at something at least.
Toyota Land Cruiser Prado
The popular midsize SUVs continues to lead the pack with its high resale value, which is why more people buy it, which is why it has high resale value, which is why more people buy it — it’s the definition of a self-perpetuating cycle.
This one’s a bit of a surprise, considering most buyers in the Toyota showroom simply spring for the Fortuner offroader instead. Maybe our well-informed readers have realised they don’t need to go offroad and will actually save on fuel bills.
Hyundai Santa Fe
Proof that a good-looking car with good features at a good price can overcome years of negativity associated with Korean brands in general.
The Accord stemmed its spiral down the sales charts after dealers came up with an unbelievably good offer recently, pitching a well-specced Accord at the same price as a base Camry, after years of high prices. Clearly there’s more interest in it now, as we can see.
This one is a bit of a surprise. The Patrol is the second-most expensive vehicle on our list, and finally seems to be gaining ground against its main rival.
Toyota Land Cruiser
But the old bull’s still got some life left in it. As the most expensive vehicle on our list, it’s an impressive feat having more buyers than Nissan Tiidas and Kia Optimas.
Another Hyundai makes it on the list, not least of which because they’re now offering a basic safety-free version for less than the price of a Yaris this season.
Finally, an American makes it onto our list. Despite becoming a pricier crossover, the new Explorer is doing better than ever, boosted by the fact that it looks like a Range Rover on a foggy day.
Despite all the whining about its CVT, the Altima remains one of the most popular midsize sedans around in terms of sales. It helps that it undercuts its main Japanese rivals by a healthy percentage.
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