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2006 Ford Escape Hybrid
“"...storage room is generous. Deep door pockets, a glove box, a big, covered storage bin and a smattering of cup holders and cubbyholes take care of your carry-ons."” — AutoSite.com   See More Reviews
33/29 
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2006 Mercury Mariner Hybrid
“The battery pack is located under the cargo floor and doesn't materially reduce the cargo capacity.” — Cars.com   See More Reviews
33/29 
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2006 Toyota RAV4
“The optional 3.5-liter V6 is quick and returns 22 mpg.” — Consumer Reports   See More Reviews
24/30 
3
2006 Chevrolet HHR
“The speed-sensitive power steering is tuned to match suspension performance. The HHR LT1 tested was pleasantly agile with short turning circles.” — Chicago Tribune   See More Reviews
23/30 
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2006 Honda CR-V
“loaded with nifty features and...its all-around practicality and comfort deserve high marks.” — New Car Test Drive   See More Reviews
22/27 
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2006 Chrysler PT Cruiser
21/27 
6
2006 Saturn VUE
“Vue's deficits in handling and overall refinement are nearly balanced by its outstanding V6 performance.” — Consumer Guide   See More Reviews
20/28 
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2006 Hyundai Tucson
“The cloth seats are comfortable and well cushioned for long-distance travel without having to pause to retune the vertebrae.” — Cars.com   See More Reviews
21/26 
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2006 Kia Sportage
“The Sportage scores on the safety front by including standard four-wheel disc brakes, seat-mounted side-impact airbags for front occupants and front and rear head-protecting curtain airbags.” — Edmunds.com   See More Reviews
21/26 
7
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2006 Mitsubishi Outlander
“Tight winding roads and wide-open highways prove the Outlander to be a very competent and comfortable handler.” — Edmunds.com   See More Reviews
21/26 
8
2006 Honda Element
“The innovation comes in the form of an auxiliary input jack that allows things like an Apple iPod or other MP3 player to seamlessly pump its tunes through the Element's seven speakers.” — The Car Connection   See More Reviews
21/25 
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2006 Ford Escape
“I found the Escape's handling to be stable, predictable, and the driving experience to be enjoyable.” — Canadian Driver   See More Reviews
20/24 
9
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2006 Mazda Tribute
“While the Tribute is smaller than the Explorer, you certainly don't feel cramped. Seats ride at just the right height for most drivers and passengers to get in and out with ease.” — AutoWeek   See More Reviews
20/24 
9
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2006 Mercury Mariner
“Two-tone suede and leather seating steals the show...and combined with contrasting stitching, the look is very handsome.” — Edmunds.com   See More Reviews
20/24 
10
2006 Subaru Forester
“According to the U.S. Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) front crash tests, the Forester was the only SUV in its class to be rated 'Good'” — Canadian Driver   See More Reviews
19/25 
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2006 Chevrolet Equinox
“Inside, Chevrolet designers opted for a simple, industrial look with large, clear gauges and faux aluminum accents.” — Edmunds.com   See More Reviews
18/23 
11
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2006 Hyundai Santa Fe
“...V6 engine is a powerful, smooth, free-revving engine that's close to being the best V6 engine in its class.” — Canadian Driver   See More Reviews
18/23 
11
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2006 Pontiac Torrent
“In NHTSA crash testing, the Torrent earned a five-star rating (the best possible) for its protection of front occupants in frontal collisions. The SUV also earned five stars for front- and rear-seat occupant protection in side collisions.” — Edmunds.com   See More Reviews
18/23 
11
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2006 Suzuki Grand Vitara
“The Grand Vitara can be quite cramped in terms of passenger and cargo space. In fact, the Grand Vitara has about six inches less rear legroom than most of its competitors.” — Edmunds.com   See More Reviews
18/23 
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2006 Chrysler Pacifica
“The faux wood trim on the dashboard looks good; it's better than the cheap-looking, satin-finish silver trim that's at the top of the doors, around the door handles inside.” — MSN Autos   See More Reviews
17/23 
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2006 Suzuki XL-7
“By offering a third-row seat in a compact SUV, Suzuki answers a question not many people are asking.” — Edmunds.com   See More Reviews
18/22 
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2006 Jeep Liberty
17/22 
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2006 Jeep Wrangler
“It's the right choice for perilous off-road treks like California's Rubicon Trail. But it's also fun for cruising around the neighborhood.” — New Car Test Drive   See More Reviews
15/19 
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