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1
2006 Toyota Prius
“The new Prius' skin turns in a coefficient of drag of 0.26, about the lowest ever for a production car.” — AutoWeek   See More Reviews
4.8 
2
2006 Honda Accord
“Oh, we almost forgot about the performance of the interior. In three words: smooth, firm, quiet (when we wanted it to be). Interior mission accomplished.” — New Car Test Drive   See More Reviews
4.7 
3
2006 Toyota Camry
“the Camry's wheelbase has been lengthened by 2 inches, resulting in a more spacious interior and 1.5 more inches of legroom for rear seat occupants.” — Edmunds.com   See More Reviews
4.6 
4
2006 Honda Accord Hybrid
“It has a combination V6-electric motor powertrain that provides the best power and acceleration figures of the Accord lineup along with fuel economy equal to that of the four-cylinder Accord.” — Edmunds.com   See More Reviews
4.5 
4
TIE
2006 Nissan Altima
“Handsome and aggressive new body” — Edmunds.com   See More Reviews
4.5 
4
TIE
2006 Nissan Maxima
“The cut-out dash near the windshield is unique, and it's lined with a suede material (which makes its way around to the doors) that entices you to touch it.” — Road & Track   See More Reviews
4.5 
5
2006 Volkswagen Passat
“The Volkswagen Passat is a sophisticated car with a high-quality cabin. It's roomy and comfortable. ... The ride is smooth and comfortable and the chassis is well controlled at high speed.” — New Car Test Drive   See More Reviews
4.4 
5
TIE
2006 Dodge Charger
“...the Charger's fully-independent suspension is an incredibly deft blending of performance and comfort. It's not soft, but still admirably quells impact harshness.” — Cars.com   See More Reviews
4.4 
6
2006 Toyota Avalon
“Fine balance of softness, composure.” — Consumer Guide   See More Reviews
4.2 
7
2006 Chevrolet Malibu MAXX
“The lack of a manual transmission might be disappointing to a few drivers, but most buyers should be satisfied with the performance of the 3.5-liter V6 paired with an automatic.” — Edmunds.com   See More Reviews
4.1 
8
2006 Ford Freestyle
“Inside, the Freestyle offers excellent visibility from the cockpit and 'progressive theater seating' for the second and third rows: Each row is two inches higher than the one before it.” — Edmunds.com   See More Reviews
4.0 
9
2006 Chevrolet Malibu
3.9 
9
TIE
2006 Mazda Mazda6
“Most impressive is the 6's steering, which feels as if it took a few lessons at the Miata finishing school. Turn-in is sharp, and the variable-assist rack-and-pinion system provides good feedback and little need for correction at higher speeds.” — Automobile   See More Reviews
3.9 
9
TIE
2006 Toyota Camry Solara
“The sweeping console invokes the intimate atmosphere of a sporty coupe. the seats are relatively flat, which makes sliding in and out easy, but they could use a little more side support. The cloth is nice, though it's a bit bland.” — New Car Test Drive   See More Reviews
3.9 
10
2006 Ford Crown Victoria
“Despite its size, the two-ton Crown Victoria is no slouch in terms of acceleration thanks to its 4.6-liter V8 engine that pumps out 224 horsepower and 265 pound-feet of torque.” — Edmunds.com   See More Reviews
3.8 
11
2006 Chevrolet Monte Carlo
“There's not a hint of elegant design to be found anywhere, but for those who value function over form, the Monte's ergonomics won't disappoint.” — Edmunds.com   See More Reviews
3.7 
11
TIE
2006 Ford Five Hundred
“The six-speed automatic transmission that comes standard helps the engine deliver responsive performance and good fuel economy.” — New Car Test Drive   See More Reviews
3.7 
11
TIE
2006 Ford Fusion
“Taking styling themes established by Ford's 427 concept car during the 2003 auto show season, the lines are handsome from every angle, but particularly so from the front where the three bold chrome slats make up the grille and the headlights manage the neat trick of being both somewhat rectangular and swooping up into each front fender.” — The Car Connection   See More Reviews
3.7 
11
TIE
2006 Ford Taurus
3.7 
11
TIE
2006 Hyundai Sonata
“The 2006 Hyundai Sonata's interior marks a major step up the quality ladder. Some rough edges on a few plastic molds and a less-than-lustrous finish on some dash panels are the only shortcomings we noticed.” — New Car Test Drive   See More Reviews
3.7 
11
TIE
2006 Subaru Outback
“The basic driving position is excellent.” — Consumer Guide   See More Reviews
3.7 
11
TIE
2006 Dodge Magnum
“The 5-speed automatic with its AutoStick sequential shifting operates seamlessly, and the rack-and-pinion steering is direct and linear in action...” — Road & Track   See More Reviews
3.7 
11
TIE
2006 Pontiac Grand Prix
“The GTP with the optional all-new Competition Group suspension package (Comp G) is damped with just the right amount of firmness, making for a ride that feels more akin to that found in today's better European 4-doors.” — Road & Track   See More Reviews
3.7 
12
2006 Mercury Milan
“The Milan is pretty well-equipped. Standard items include air conditioning, a power driver's seat, cruise control, an AM/FM/CD/MP3 player, a tachometer, a tilt-telescopic steering wheel and power windows, heated mirrors and locks with remote keyless entry.” — MSN Autos   See More Reviews
3.6 
13
2006 Subaru Legacy
“The basic driving position is excellent.” — Consumer Guide   See More Reviews
3.5 
13
TIE
2006 Mercury Montego
“The high driving position makes it feel more like an SUV than a car, nice and high up, with wonderful outward vision.” — New Car Test Drive   See More Reviews
3.5 
13
TIE
2006 Mitsubishi Galant
“Even the DE is fairly well equipped, with items including air conditioning, AM/FM/CD sound system, remote keyless entry, rear defroster and power windows, locks and mirrors.” — MSN Autos   See More Reviews
3.5 
13
TIE
2006 Pontiac G6
“The suspension returns a surprisingly sporty ride, and the solid structure helps make the interior a serene place to spend time.” — Edmunds.com   See More Reviews
3.5 
13
TIE
2006 Suzuki Verona
“The long list of standard features makes even the base model seem comfortable, and the more upscale LX and EX are surprisingly well-trimmed for cars in this price range.” — Edmunds.com   See More Reviews
3.5 
14
2006 Chrysler 300
“...it wins you over on the road. It has confidence. It moves with certainty. There's nothing iffy about the steering and brakes. ” — Car and Driver   See More Reviews
3.4 
15
2006 Dodge Stratus
“The suspension, however, is a bit soft and tuned for high-mileage cruising rather than high-performance maneuvering regardless of which engine you choose.” — Cars.com   See More Reviews
3.2 
15
TIE
2006 Kia Amanti
“Kia estimates the 0-60-mph time to be close to 9 seconds, which is not bad for a car that weighs 4020 lb. Body roll is not excessive, but is considerable. This isn't a sports sedan by any means, but a quiet, comfortable, smooth and well-equipped 4-door.” — Road & Track   See More Reviews
3.2 
15
TIE
2006 Kia Optima
“The front bucket seats are firm, supportive and fairly flat, comfortable and well suited for hours of commuting, with enough fore-and-aft travel to accommodate the longest of legs.” — New Car Test Drive   See More Reviews
3.2 
15
TIE
2006 Chevrolet Impala
“The V8 has been tuned for quick throttle response and good low-end acceleration.” — Cars.com   See More Reviews
3.2 
16
2006 Buick LaCrosse
“The springs provide a lot of initial compliance and allow you to float over minor imperfections, but once they are slightly compressed, the rubber bump stops come into play to gradually stiffen the suspension.” — Car and Driver   See More Reviews
3.0 
16
TIE
2006 Buick Lucerne
“The materials are top-notch, the design is clean and elegant and represents a huge step forward for GM in cabin appointments. Small items, like passenger grab handles and coat hooks, feature damped hinging. The seats are large and comfortable; however, a bit more lateral support is needed to match the car's athletic dynamics. The instruments are clear and simple and the controls are straightforward and easy to use.” — Road & Track   See More Reviews
3.0 
17
2006 Mercury Grand Marquis
“Mercury's rear-wheel-drive full-size sedan shares its design with Ford's Crown Victoria and is among the few body-on-frame automobiles.” — Consumer Guide   See More Reviews
2.6 
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