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2006: Best New Sport Utility Vehicle

  Ford Explorer Hummer H3 Jeep Commander Kia Sportage Mercedes-Benz
M-Class
Nissan Xterra Range Rover Sport Saab 9-7X Suzuki Grand Vitara
Total Score - Team 664.9 657.0 711.0 680.7 786.0 696.0 831.3 680.3 699.0
Total Score - Individual 663.6 700.0 709.1 663.6 718.2 700.0 663.6 618.2 736.4
Combined Overall Score* 593.2 584.3 612.0 617.4 659.0 619.1 638.8 574.9 637.5
(* factored for price) 1 2 3
                   
Price as Tested (Average) $55,629 $41,145 $53,170 $27,835 $61,910 $37,098 $97,250 $56,170 $29,995
                   
Styling/Appearance:
  Exterior 7.1 8.1 7.4 6.8 7.9 7.3 8.9 6.5 7.7
Interior 7.3 7.3 7.7 6.7 8.2 6.8 8.8 6.5 7.3
Quality 7.2 7.1 7.6 6.6 8.2 7.3 8.6 6.8 7.1
Occupant Environment:
  Interior Volume (1) 9.2 5.7 9.0 6.6 7.0 6.1 6.3 7.0 6.1
Cargo Volume (2) 2.5 5.6 1.4 4.6 7.8 6.7 6.7 7.6 4.6
  Driver Position & Ergonomics 7.5 6.9 7.8 7.0 8.2 7.4 8.4 7.4 7.5
Visibility 7.2 5.7 7.2 7.6 7.9 7.7 8.2 7.6 7.6
  Passenger Comfort/Access 7.6 6.7 7.0 7.1 8.2 6.8 8.4 7.5 7.2
Noise/Vibration/Harshness 7.3 5.9 7.0 6.2 7.8 6.6 8.2 6.7 6.6
Performance:                  
Acceleration (3) 6.9 5.2 7.7 5.5 7.9 7.4 7.9 7.2 4.6
  Throttle Response 7.4 6.1 8.1 6.8 8.2 7.6 8.8 7.7 6.8
Engine Smoothness/Refinement 7.7 6.6 8.3 6.7 8.5 7.5 9.0 7.4 7.0
  Transmission/Drivetrain 7.8 6.8 8.1 6.5 8.4 7.5 8.7 6.9 7.4
Vehicle Dynamics:
  Ride Comfort 8.1 7.1 8.2 7.2 8.5 6.9 8.9 8.0 7.0
Steering 7.5 7.1 7.4 7.1 8.1 6.7 8.8 6.9 7.5
  Handling 7.1 6.4 7.2 7.2 8.0 6.7 8.7 7.0 7.3
Braking Feel & Effectiveness 7.1 6.9 7.4 7.1 7.9 7.1 9.1 7.2 7.0
  Stopping Distance (4) 4.0 5.3 5.3 8.0 8.0 6.0 9.8 7.0 7.0
Fuel Economy (5) 3.5 4.0 3.5 6.0 4.9 4.9 2.7 4.5 6.0
Safety Features 8.0 6.5 7.8 7.3 8.4 6.8 8.2 7.4 7.5
Cargo Convenience 7.6 6.9 7.5 7.0 7.5 7.8 7.4 7.2 6.8
Environmental Responsibility 6.2 5.9 5.7 6.9 6.0 6.0 5.3 6.0 6.8
Off-Road Capability 7.1 9.0 8.1 7.3 7.9 8.8 8.7 3.6 7.4
                     
    Ford Explorer Hummer H3 Jeep Commander Kia Sportage Mercedes-Benz
M-Class
Nissan Xterra Range Rover Sport Saab 9-7X Suzuki Grand Vitara
(1) Interior Volume (L) 4146 2739 3940 2943 3030 2826 2862 3004 2800
(2) Cargo Volume (L) 385 835 212 667 1161 997 957 1127 680
(3) Acceleration: 0-100 km/h 8.6 10.4 7.8 10.7 7.6 8.0 7.4 8.3 10.4
     Acceleration: 80-120 km/h 7.7 9.1 6.3 8.3 6.5 7.1 6.4 6.9 10.2
(4) Braking: 100-0 km/h (M) 44.58 43.38 42.81 39.74 39.51 41.76 37.19 40.74 41.35
(5) Fuel Consumption (L/100KM) 14.0 13.5 14.1 11.1 12.8 12.9 15.3 13.1 11.0



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