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DSTOTY '08: Compact non-Luxury SUVs
What is Dieselstation's compact non-luxury SUV of the year?
Chevrolet Equinox Sport [ 9 ] ** [24.32%]
Ford Escape/Mazda Tribute [ 3 ] ** [8.11%]
Jeep Patriot [ 1 ] ** [2.70%]
Nissan Rogue [ 17 ] ** [45.95%]
Saturn Vue [ 7 ] ** [18.92%]
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post Feb 7 2008, 01:15 AM
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For more on the DieselStation Car of the Year '08 competition, please see this thread.

Chevrolet Equinox Sport
Base MSRP:
$28,435
Available Engines: 3.6 liter DOHC 24-valve V6 with 264 HP and 250 ft.-lbs. of torque.
Available Transmissions: 6-speed automatic transmission with manual shifting mode
Available Drivetrains: Front wheel drive or All-wheel drive
EPA Fuel Economy: 16 City/24 Highway
Curb Weight: 3818-3915 lbs.







Ford Escape/Mazda Tribute
Base MSRP:
$19,005 (Escape), $19,535 (Tribute)
Available Engines: 2.3 liter DOHC 16-valve inline-4 with 153 HP and 152 ft.-lbs. of torque, 3.0 liter DOHC 24-valve V6 with 200 HP and 193 ft.-lbs. of torque, 2.3 liter DOHC 16-valve inline-4 with Hybrid system with 133 HP and 124 ft.-lbs. of torque
Available Transmissions: 5-speed manual (FWD 2.3 only), 4-speed automatic (non-Hybrids only), CVT (Hybrid only)
Available Drivetrains: Front wheel drive or All-wheel drive
EPA Fuel Economy: 34 City/30 Highway (FWD Hybrid), 29/27 (AWD Hybrid), 22/28 (FWD 5MT), 20/26 (FWD 2.3 4AT), 19/24 (AWD 2.3), 18/24 (FWD V6), 17/22 (AWD V6)
Curb Weight: 3233-3794 lbs.







Jeep Patriot
Base MSRP:
$16,035
Available Engines: 2.0 liter DOHC 16-valve inline-4 with 158 HP and 2.4 liter DOHC 16-valve inline-4 with 173 HP and 166 ft.-lbs. of torque.
Available Transmissions: 5-speed sequential manual or CVT (with offroad crawl ratio available on 4WD models)
Available Drivetrains: Rear wheel drive
EPA Fuel Economy: 23 City/28 Highway (2.0 5MT), 22/27 (2.4 5MT), 21/24 (2.5 CVT)
Curb Weight: 3108-3516 lbs.







Nissan Rogue
Base MSRP:
$19,250
Available Engines: 2.5 liter DOHC 16-valve inline-4 with 170 HP and 175 ft.-lbs. of torque.
Available Transmissions: CVT
Available Drivetrains: Front wheel drive or All-wheel drive
EPA Fuel Economy: 22 City/27 Highway (FWD), 21/26 (AWD)
Curb Weight: 3267-3460 lbs.







Saturn Vue
Base MSRP:
$21,875
Available Engines: 2.4 liter DOHC 16-valve inline-4 with 169 HP and 161 ft.-lbs. of torque, 3.5 liter OHV 12-valve V6 with 222 HP and 219 ft.-lbs. of torque, 3.6 liter DOHC 24-valve V6 with 252 (257 in Red Line model) HP and 241 ft.-lbs. of torque, 2.4 liter DOHC 16-valve inline-4 with Hybrid system with 172 HP and 167 ft-lbs. of torque.
Available Transmissions: 4-speed automatic transmission (FWD 2.4 or Hybrid only), 6-speed automatic transmission (V6 models only)
Available Drivetrains: Front wheel drive or All-wheel drive (N/A on 2.4 or Hybrid)
EPA Fuel Economy: 25 City/32 Highway (Hybrid), 19/26 (2.4 FWD), 16/24 (Red Line), 16/23 (3.6 FWD), 16/22 (3.6 AWD), 15/22 (3.5 AWD)
Curb Weight: 3789-4325 lbs.





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post Feb 7 2008, 01:25 AM
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I voted Rogue. That and the Vue are the only SUVs here that don't suck.

EDIT: I take that back, the Escape/Tribute are actually quite good but really old now.
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post Feb 7 2008, 03:36 AM
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I'm gonna abstain, they are all awful...and I don't know enough about any of them to make an informed choice.
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post Feb 7 2008, 08:00 AM
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i voted for the rouge. my dad just got an 08 SL FWD one.
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post Feb 7 2008, 09:03 AM
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08 Forrester is pretty renewed for the year too, right?
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post Feb 7 2008, 09:09 AM
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QUOTE(dukenukem @ Feb 7 2008, 09:03 AM) *
08 Forrester is pretty renewed for the year too, right?


It's new for MY09.
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post Feb 7 2008, 09:23 AM
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^ But, but we've seen it already...
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post Feb 7 2008, 09:25 AM
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QUOTE(moethepaki @ Feb 7 2008, 09:23 AM) *
^ But, but we've seen it already...


I go by model years, not by what we've seen...

Anyway, I too went for the Rogue. My family had a 2001 Tribute and it was a genuinely good car (actually probably the best my mom's driven) but I think the rest of the class has moved on and the Escape/Tribute haven't. The Rogue is relatively lightweight, seems nippy enough, pretty good mileage, practical, and Nissan's CVT is supposed to be very good.
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post Feb 7 2008, 01:06 PM
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What about the Wrangler Unlimited? Was that '07?
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post Feb 7 2008, 01:24 PM
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I vote for the Rogue. (after the CRV or RAV4) Most of the cars in here are terrible.
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post Feb 7 2008, 03:24 PM
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QUOTE(redlinehappiness @ Feb 7 2008, 01:06 PM) *
What about the Wrangler Unlimited? Was that '07?


Yes it was. I think it won its category last year, too, or at least was a close second.
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post Feb 7 2008, 05:57 PM
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Ford Escape for me. my exes mom has one and its decent enough.
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post Feb 9 2008, 02:19 PM
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I voted Vue. I didn't expect the Rogue to take such a dominating lead. I find it to be pretty repulsive to look at.
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post Feb 9 2008, 10:06 PM
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QUOTE(porschedream @ Feb 9 2008, 02:19 PM) *
I voted Vue. I didn't expect the Rogue to take such a dominating lead. I find it to be pretty repulsive to look at.


I agree. I'm kind of against Nissan's new designs... I need to change my screenname. =P
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post Feb 11 2008, 12:11 AM
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the is the only one that doesn't suck
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post Feb 11 2008, 08:51 AM
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If I am not mistaken, here the Saturn is called the Opel Antara. It might not be a car you'd remember in a hurry, but visually its somewhat striking. If I had to have a mid-SUV, it'd take that.
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post Feb 11 2008, 01:26 PM
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QUOTE(duality @ Feb 11 2008, 08:51 AM) *
If I am not mistaken, here the Saturn is called the Opel Antara. It might not be a car you'd remember in a hurry, but visually its somewhat striking. If I had to have a mid-SUV, it'd take that.


Yes, you are correct, the new Saturn Vue is a rebadged Opel Antara.
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post Feb 11 2008, 06:53 PM
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chevy for me... minus the shitty tranny its a pretty good car!
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