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clarkma5
For more on the DieselStation Car of the Year '08 competition, please see this thread.

Infiniti EX35
Base MSRP:
$31,300
Available Engines: 3.5 liter DOHC 24-valve V6 with 297 HP and 253 ft.-lbs. of torque.
Available Transmissions: 5-speed automatic transmission with manual shifting mode
Available Drivetrains: Rear wheel drive or All-wheel drive
EPA Fuel Economy: 17 City/24 Highway (RWD), 16/23 (AWD)
Curb Weight: 3790-3953 lbs.







Land Rover LR2
Base MSRP:
$33,985
Available Engines: 3.2 liter DOHC 24-valve inline-6 with 230 HP and 234 ft.-lbs. of torque.
Available Transmissions: 6-speed automatic with manual shifting mode
Available Drivetrains: All-wheel drive
EPA Fuel Economy: 16 City/23 Highway
Curb Weight: 4255 lbs.







Mercury Mariner
Base MSRP:
$21,155
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: 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), 20/26 (FWD 2.3), 19/24 (AWD 2.3), 18/24 (FWD V6), 17/22 (AWD V6)
Curb Weight: 3326-3800 lbs.







Volvo XC70
Base MSRP:
$36,775
Available Engines: 3.2 liter DOHC 24-valve inline-6 with 235 HP and 236 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: 15 City/22 Highway
Curb Weight: 4092 lbs.





moe
I went with the EX. Saw it at the Dubai Motorshow, and it looked great inside and out. Edmund's Inside Line also said it was a sporty, car-like drive, and based on my experience with the FX (just about the only SUV I enjoyed throwing around corners), I expect it to be pretty fun.
clarkma5
I went for the LR2. The EX wins fun to drive but its utility is abysmal so why wouldn't you get a cheaper, lighter, more economical G sedan instead? The LR2 looks great inside and out and is a properly functional vehicle.
moe
^ That's a fair point, but I'm still not sold on the LR2's styling. I find the front grille to be awkward, and the interior pales in comparison to the EX's.
duality
The Land Rover without a doubt.
mung35
Went with EX...

LR2 interior looks cheap...
Razor
First LR2 I've liked in a while... and I do quite like it. EX comes in close second.
Bjorn
I don't like full on SUVs...and the XC70 is just such a nice vehicle (It's on the list of cars I would buy once I'm more financially stable)...
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