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2006: Best New Alternative Power

  Chevrolet Impala Honda Civic Hybrid Lexus RX 400h Toyota Highlander VW Jetta TDI
Total Score - Team 650.6 756.2 770.3 758.5 739.8
Total Score - Individual 618.8 687.5 662.5 668.8 631.3
Combined Overall Score* 589.8 683.3 639.5 646.6 657.2
(* factored for price) 3 1 3 2
           
Price as Tested (Average) $26,795 $25,800 $63,138 $48,675 $28,613
           
Styling/Appearance:
  Exterior 6.7 8.0 7.5 7.1 7.5
Interior 6.6 8.2 8.2 7.8 6.9
Quality 6.9 8.2 8.9 8.4 7.3
Occupant Environment:
  Interior Volume (1) 6.8 5.2 6.6 6.8 5.2
Cargo Volume (2) 3.5 1.8 6.3 7.6 3.2
  Driver Position & Ergonomics 7.0 7.8 7.7 7.6 7.4
Visibility 7.4 7.0 7.9 8.2 7.3
  Passenger Comfort/Access 6.7 7.6 7.8 7.8 7.1
Noise/Vibration/Harshness 7.1 6.9 8.0 7.7 6.8
Performance:          
Acceleration (3) 6.9 2.0 8.3 8.1 3.1
  Throttle Response 7.4 6.5 7.6 7.4 7.2
Engine Smoothness/Refinement 7.5 7.5 7.6 7.6 6.8
  Transmission/Drivetrain 7.0 7.2 7.7 7.7 8.1
Vehicle Dynamics:
  Ride Comfort 7.4 7.7 8.6 7.7 7.6
Steering 6.1 8.1 6.7 6.7 8.1
  Handling 6.4 8.3 6.2 6.0 8.0
Braking Feel & Effectiveness 6.9 8.1 6.5 6.4 7.8
  Stopping Distance (4) 2.8 7.0 8.0 7.0 9.8
Fuel Economy (5) 5.3 9.4 8.0 8.0 8.8
Safety Features 6.9 7.8 8.2 8.1 7.5
Cargo Convenience 7.3 6.5 7.8 8.1 7.2
Environmental Responsibility 7.2 8.9 7.6 7.8 7.7
             
    Chevrolet Impala Honda Civic Hybrid Lexus RX 400h Toyota Highlander VW Jetta TDI
(1) Interior Volume (L) 2959 2574 2902 2959 2577
(2) Cargo Volume (L) 527 294 903 1124 453
(3) Acceleration (0-100 km/h) 8.3 14.9 7.6 7.6 12.6
     Acceleration (80-120 km/h)* 7.6 11.3 5.6 6.0 11.0
(4) Braking (100-0 km/h) in feet 47.32 40.59 39.66 41.44 37.24
(5) Fuel Consumption (L/100KM) 12.3 4.5 7.8 7.8 6.0
*Please Note: In 3rd gear (manual) or kick-down (automatic)

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