Fuel economy dominated auto shoppers' consideration this spring, Consumer Reports magazine found in a national survey.
Thirty-seven percent of respondents said fuel economy was their top consideration. Quality was a distant second at 17 percent.
"While quality, safety and value are still important, this may be foreshadowing a market shift by folks seeking relief at the pump," said Jeff Bartlett, deputy auto editor at the magazine.
The next three considerations were: safety, 16 percent; value, 14 percent; and performance, 6 percent.
Those rankings could fluctuate with the price of fuel. Last Thursday, the price of crude oil slipped to $90
a barrel, down from $103 in early April when Consumer Reports conducted its phone survey.