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DSCOTY '06: SUVs under $30k
What is Dieselstation's best SUV under $30k of the year?
Ford Escape/Mercury Mariner Hybrid [ 3 ] ** [6.38%]
Ford Explorer [ 5 ] ** [10.64%]
Hummer H3 [ 8 ] ** [17.02%]
Jeep Commander [ 7 ] ** [14.89%]
Pontiac Torrent [ 0 ] ** [0.00%]
Suzuki Grand Vitara [ 14 ] ** [29.79%]
Toyota RAV4 [ 10 ] ** [21.28%]
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clarkma5
post Dec 8 2005, 09:33 PM
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For more on the Dieselstation Car Of The Year '06 competition, please see this thread.

Ford Escape/Mercury Mariner Hybrid
Base MSRP:
$27,515 (Escape); $29,840 (Mariner)
Available Engines: 2.3 liter DOHC 16-valve Atkinson-cycle inline-4 with Hybrid power system with 155 HP and 124 ft.-lbs. of torque.
Available Transmissions: CVT
Available Drivetrains: Front-wheel drive (Escape only) or automatic part-time 4-wheel drive with lockable center coupling
Curb Weight: 3627-3792 lbs.





Ford Explorer
Base MSRP:
$27,175
Available Engines: 4.0 liter SOHC 12-valve V6 with 210 HP and 254 ft.-lbs of torque; 4.6 liter SOHC 24-valve V8 with 292 HP and 300 ft.-lbs. of torque.
Available Transmissions: 5-speed automatic (V6 only) or 6-speed automatic transmission (V8 only)
Available Drivetrains: Rear wheel drive or Part-time 4-wheel drive with full-time capability
Curb Weight: 4310 lbs.





Hummer H3
Base MSRP:
$29,500
Available Engines: 3.5 liter DOHC 20-valve inline-5 with 220 HP and 225 ft.-lbs. of torque.
Available Transmissions: 5-speed manual or 4-speed automatic transmission
Available Drivetrains: Full-time 4-wheel drive with low range gearing
Curb Weight: 4700 lbs.





Jeep Commander
Base MSRP:
$28,135
Available Engines: 3.7 liter SOHC 12-valve V6 with 210 HP and 235 ft.-lbs. of torque; 4.7 liter SOHC 16-valve V8 with 235 HP and 300 ft.-lbs. of torque; 5.7 liter OHV 16-valve V8 with automatic cylinder deactivation and 330 HP and 375 ft.-lbs. of torque.
Available Transmissions: 5-speed automatic transmission
Available Drivetrains: Rear-wheel drive (V6 only) or Full-time 4-wheel drive (low-range gearing optional on V6, standard on V8s)
Curb Weight: 4581-5169 lbs.





Pontiac Torrent
Base MSRP:
$22,990
Available Engines: 3.4 liter OHV 12-valve V6 with 185 HP and 210 ft.-lbs. of torque
Available Transmissions: 5-speed automatic transmission
Available Drivetrains: Front wheel drive or Permanent All-wheel drive
Curb Weight: 3660-3776 lbs.





Suzuki Grand Vitara
Base MSRP:
$18,999
Available Engines: 2.7 liter DOHC 24-valve V6 with 185 HP and 184 ft.-lbs. of torque
Available Transmissions: 5-speed manual or 5-speed automatic transmission
Available Drivetrains: Rear wheel drive or Part-time 4-wheel drive or Part-time 4-wheel drive with low range gearing
Curb Weight: 3452-3505 lbs.





Toyota RAV4
Base MSRP:
$26,475
Available Engines: 2.5 liter DOHC 16-valve inline-4 with 166 HP and 165 ft.-lbs. of torque; 3.5 liter DOHC 24-valve V6 with 269 HP and 246 ft.-lbs. of torque.
Available Transmissions: 4-speed automatic transmission (I4 only), 5-speed automatic transmission (V6 only)
Available Drivetrains: Front wheel drive or automatic All-wheel drive
Curb Weight: 3675 lbs.



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Keitero-sama
post Dec 8 2005, 09:36 PM
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I'm not going to even ask whats with the redos, but if thats the case, (still 4runner, base model). thumbs_up.gif
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clarkma5
post Dec 8 2005, 09:37 PM
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There's a pinned thread covering the reason for the redos.
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post Dec 8 2005, 10:31 PM
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Jeep
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post Dec 9 2005, 06:32 AM
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Like I said before, the Grand Vitara. It's decent both on, and off-road, looks sharp, the quality is vastly improved over previous Suzukis, and it represents good value for money.
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post Dec 9 2005, 08:20 AM
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QUOTE(moethepaki @ Dec 9 2005, 03:32 PM) *
Like I said before, the Grand Vitara. It's decent both on, and off-road, looks sharp, the quality is vastly improved over previous Suzukis, and it represents good value for money.

What he said. One of my favourite SUV's.
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Mitlov
post Dec 9 2005, 09:38 AM
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Mercury Mariner hybrid. For the way most people use SUVs--as raised wagons--it's the best here.
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Mr b00st
post Dec 9 2005, 12:53 PM
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Rav4 of this list.
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clarkma5
post Dec 9 2005, 02:06 PM
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Grand Vitara for all the reasons I said before...cheap, attractive, lightweight, and good off-road.
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moe
post Dec 10 2005, 10:21 AM
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I was just reading Autocar's review on the Grand Vitara...I think we could all be grossly overrating it... It's here if you guys want to read it.
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post Dec 14 2005, 12:32 AM
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RAV4 - best build quality of the bunch, an optional large-displacement (for it's class) engine and some visual appeal as well
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post Dec 14 2005, 08:49 PM
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I'm going with the Explorer, don't know why but I really like the looks of the newer one. And if not the Explorer than the Jeep was going to be my next pick.
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