Summer ended with an exclamation point for the auto industry, but September kept consumers on the hunt for sedans, SUVs, and light pickups trucks. Automobile buyers reflected a need to get the job done by favoring pickups above all, but the biggest gainers in September were those that combined value, safety, and style. Here are nine vehicles consumers are clamoring for this fall. Each one costs less than $30,000.
1. Subaru Forester ($21,995)
The practical Forester from Subaru (FUJHY.PK) practically shot off the charts in September. Placing No. 30 on the sales list with 10,620 vehicles sold. The Forester had 75 percent more buyers than in September 2012. Coupling affordability with 32 mpg highway and the highest safety rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), the compact SUV is in high demand across the country.