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DSTOTY '08: Mid-range SUVs
What is Dieselstation's best mid-range SUV of the year?
Buick Enclave [ 7 ] ** [16.67%]
Ford Taurus X [ 9 ] ** [21.43%]
Jeep Liberty [ 3 ] ** [7.14%]
Hyundai Veracruz [ 5 ] ** [11.90%]
Subaru Tribeca [ 10 ] ** [23.81%]
Toyota Highlander [ 8 ] ** [19.05%]
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clarkma5
post Feb 8 2008, 01:34 PM
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For more on the DieselStation Car of the Year '08 competition, please see this thread.

Buick Enclave
Base MSRP:
$32,770
Available Engines: 3.6 liter DOHC 24-valve V6 with 275 HP and 251 ft.-lbs. of torque.
Available Transmissions: 6-speed automatic transmission
Available Drivetrains: Front wheel drive or All-wheel drive
EPA Fuel Economy: 16 City/24 Highway (FWD), 16/22 (AWD)
Curb Weight: 4780-4985 lbs.







Ford Taurus X
Base MSRP:
$26,615
Available Engines: 3.5 liter DOHC 24-valve V6 with 263 HP and 249 ft.-lbs. of torque.
Available Transmissions: 6-speed automatic transmission
Available Drivetrains: Front wheel drive or All-wheel drive
EPA Fuel Economy: 16 City/24 Highway (FWD), 15/22 (AWD)
Curb Weight: 3959-4112 lbs.







Jeep Liberty
Base MSRP:
$20,330
Available Engines: 3.7 liter SOHC 12-valve V6 with 210 HP and 235 ft.-lbs. of torque.
Available Transmissions: 6-speed manual or 4-speed automatic transmission
Available Drivetrains: Rear wheel drive or 4-wheel drive
EPA Fuel Economy: 16 City/22 Highway (RWD & 4WD 6MT), 15/21 (4WD 4AT)
Curb Weight: 3980-4278 lbs.







Hyundai Veracruz
Base MSRP:
$26,900
Available Engines: 3.8 liter DOHC 24-valve V6 with 260 HP and 257 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/23 Highway (FWD), 15/22 (AWD)
Curb Weight: 4266-4431 lbs.







Subaru Tribeca
Base MSRP:
$29,995 (5-passenger), $30,995 (7-passenger)
Available Engines: 3.6 liter DOHC 24-valve horizontally-opposed flat-6 with 256 HP and 247 ft.-lbs. of torque.
Available Transmissions: 5-speed automatic transmission with manual shifting mode
Available Drivetrains: All-wheel drive
EPA Fuel Economy: 16 City/21 Highway
Curb Weight: 4129 lbs.







Toyota Highlander
Base MSRP:
$27,300
Available Engines: 3.5 liter DOHC 24-valve V6 with 270 HP and 248 ft.-lbs. of torque; 3.3 liter DOHC 24-valve V6 with hybrid system and 209 HP and 212 ft.-lbs. of torque.
Available Transmissions: 5-speed automatic with manual shifting mode (3.5 only) or CVT (Hybrid only)
Available Drivetrains: Front wheel drive (3.5 only) or All-wheel drive
EPA Fuel Economy: 27 City/25 Highway (Hybrid), 18/24 (FWD), 17/23 (3.5 AWD)
Curb Weight: 3979-4641 lbs.





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post Feb 8 2008, 02:16 PM
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I voted for the Highlander, not sure why, I just like it better than anything else.

EDIT: Clarkma please change my vote to the Taurus X. Thanks.
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post Feb 8 2008, 03:27 PM
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Is it me or does the Toyota looks retarded. And thats a funky Hyundai.

Knowing nothing about the above cars, I'd vote for the Subaru...solely coz I like the interior and looks least crap.
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post Feb 8 2008, 05:20 PM
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For some reason I just really like the look of the Buick Enclave, mostly the front end and interior.
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post Feb 8 2008, 06:19 PM
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QUOTE(moethepaki @ Feb 8 2008, 02:16 PM) *
I voted for the Highlander, not sure why, I just like it better than anything else.

EDIT: Clarkma please change my vote to the Taurus X. Thanks.


Alrighty...

I went for the Veracruz. Though I think the Highlander looks really great (it turns my head every time I see one), I can't live with a Toyota. And I think the interior's boring. The Veracruz is every bit the looker the Toyota is with an interior to best the 'yote.
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post Feb 8 2008, 07:07 PM
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Holy cow look at that crazy interior in the Tribeca. I voted the Highlander.
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post Feb 8 2008, 07:54 PM
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Highlander, I like the hybrid version. Styling is great too.
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post Feb 9 2008, 02:21 AM
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Initially, I voted Highlander for the styling. It looks butch the way SUVs should, not with all the feminine curves of most of the others here. However, I know if it were my money, I'd most want the Taurus X. It's got tidy handling and a good ride, and a pumped-up V6 solves the Freestyle it replaces only real shortcoming.
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post Feb 9 2008, 12:35 PM
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Despite my hate of Toyotas, I went with the Highlander... they make pretty nice SUV's...
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post Feb 9 2008, 12:42 PM
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Highlander. It's not outrageous looking but it does look good, the interior is plain but looks quite functional, and the fuel efficiency factor is good too. Second choice would have been the Enclave.
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post Feb 9 2008, 01:30 PM
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Buick? Could you really see yourself in it? No.
Taurus X? Not bad. Not a particularly nice place to be either.
Jeeps scare the hell out of me.
Hyundai? Soft but pretty fricken good. I do hate blue interior lighting with a passion tough.
Subaru? A bit goofy, wouldn't have minded an old "airplane" styled one better. It works, nice interior, high quality.
Toyota? At first look it's the only really inoffensive one (big surprise), blah wood trim, it just looks soo old even new.

I voted Tribeca.
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post Feb 9 2008, 02:17 PM
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I went with the Enclave, somthing abu that interior really appeals to me. Tribeca is a close second. That facelift was much-needed and a huge improvement.
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post Feb 11 2008, 12:13 AM
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i went for Veracruz, it's a really nice product for a great value with a good warranty, really nice car. That plus the Azera, Genesis and Sonata are what are turning Hyundai's reputation around into something nicer. I really think the Veracruz is a great car, even if it's odd-looking.
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