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clarkma5
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.





moe
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.
Bjorn
I'm gonna abstain, they are all awful...and I don't know enough about any of them to make an informed choice.
Benny
i voted for the rouge. my dad just got an 08 SL FWD one.
dukenukem
08 Forrester is pretty renewed for the year too, right?
clarkma5
QUOTE(dukenukem @ Feb 7 2008, 09:03 AM) *
08 Forrester is pretty renewed for the year too, right?


It's new for MY09.
moe
^ But, but we've seen it already...
clarkma5
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.
redlinehappiness
What about the Wrangler Unlimited? Was that '07?
Synesthesia
I vote for the Rogue. (after the CRV or RAV4) Most of the cars in here are terrible.
clarkma5
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.
Zenix13
Ford Escape for me. my exes mom has one and its decent enough.
porschedream
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.
mung35
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
Mr b00st
the is the only one that doesn't suck
duality
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.
clarkma5
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.
b0mb3r
chevy for me... minus the shitty tranny its a pretty good car!
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