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2006 Chevrolet TrailBlazer EXT
“TrailBlazer is the top-selling version of a basic GM platform that also hosts the Buick Rainier, GMC Envoy, Oldsmobile Bravada, and Isuzu Ascender.” — Consumer Guide   See More Reviews
5.0 
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2006 HUMMER H3 SUV
“Inside, the H3 has one of the cleanest layouts we've ever seen in a GM vehicle. There's even some style thrown in: two-tone decors, contrasting piping on tailored leather seats and slick metallic trim.” — Edmunds.com   See More Reviews
5.0 
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2006 Kia Sorento
“The engine is smooth and powerful, barely perceptible at idle but producing a velvety roar at full throttle.” — New Car Test Drive   See More Reviews
4.2 
2
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2006 Mitsubishi Montero
“Side-impact testing resulted in a perfect five-star rating, front and rear.” — Edmunds.com   See More Reviews
4.2 
2
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2006 Toyota 4Runner
“Wheelbase has grown by 4 inches to provide for smoother, more car-like ride and handling in a sport-ute built on a pickup platform.” — Cars.com   See More Reviews
4.2 
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2006 Buick Rainier
“...the interior is quiet and the V8 is strong...” — MSN Autos   See More Reviews
4.0 
4
2006 Nissan Murano
“Murano's looks are backed by sporty performance. It's powered by Nissan's beefy 3.5-liter V6 mated to a responsive continuously variable transmission.” — New Car Test Drive   See More Reviews
3.2 
4
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2006 Nissan Pathfinder
“Strategically positioned sound deadening mutes road and tire noise, including that from the Off-Road model's more aggressive treads.” — New Car Test Drive   See More Reviews
3.2 
5
2006 Honda Pilot
“The Pilot designers have done a superb job of isolating the passenger compartment from engine, road and wind noise, to the point where it's easy to carry on a normal conversation at extra-legal speeds even on a windy day.” — Cars.com   See More Reviews
2.2 
5
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2006 Nissan Xterra
“...one of the clever new features they came up with is standard side bumper steps, similar to the ones you see behind the cabs of some pickups.” — Cars.com   See More Reviews
2.2 
5
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2006 Subaru B9 Tribeca
“The Tribeca delivers the combination of practicality and all-wheel-drive responsiveness that makes Subaru's other cars such worthy entries in their own segments.” — AutoWeek   See More Reviews
2.2 
5
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2006 Toyota Highlander
“The gear shift lever is in an unusual position: in a raised pod... [and is] easier to reach than most floor shifters.” — Canadian Driver   See More Reviews
2.2 
5
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2006 Toyota Highlander Hybrid
“The new Highlander Hybrid is surprisingly powerful, more powerful than the regular V6 models. The Hybrid combines a 3.3-liter V6 with an electric motor, or two motors in the case of all-wheel-drive models. The electric motor improves acceleration” — New Car Test Drive   See More Reviews
2.2 
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2006 Chevrolet TrailBlazer
“Four-wheel disc brakes and ABS are standard, and the suspension consists of double wishbones up front and a five-link live rear axle.” — Automobile   See More Reviews
2.0 
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2006 GMC Envoy
“It has a relatively pleasing interior, and its optional rear load-leveling air suspension, which isn't offered on TrailBlazer or Ascender, benefits both ride and handling.” — Consumer Guide   See More Reviews
2.0 
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2006 GMC Envoy XL
“If true seven-passenger capacity and serious cargo space are your top priorities in shopping for a midsize SUV, the Envoy XL has the competition beat.” — Edmunds.com   See More Reviews
2.0 
6
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2006 Isuzu Ascender
“The Ascender certainly one-ups the competition when it comes to seven-passenger comfort and overall cargo capacity.” — Edmunds.com   See More Reviews
2.0 
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2006 Buick Rendezvous
“The Rendezvous does have a large cargo area when the seats aren't in use, but it's far less than what a minivan would offer.” — Edmunds.com   See More Reviews
1.5 
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2006 Ford Explorer
“For many years, the Ford Explorer has been one of the best-selling SUVs in the market. A capable tow vehicle and off-roader, the Explorer also offers the generous interior space, comfort features and safety technologies necessary for day-to-day tasks. ” — New Car Test Drive   See More Reviews
1.2 
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2006 Jeep Commander
“The Commander's starting manufacturer's suggested retail price is in the $27,000 range for a two-wheel-drive V6-powered model, which is close to the starting price for a midsize Jeep Grand Cherokee that has two fewer seats.” — MSN Autos   See More Reviews
1.2 
8
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2006 Jeep Grand Cherokee
“The 5.7-liter Hemi engine is particularly good for towing or driving at higher elevations.” — New Car Test Drive   See More Reviews
1.2 
8
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2006 Mitsubishi Endeavor
“A solid all-around package for those who crave non-traditional styling more so than the latest high-tech features.” — Edmunds.com   See More Reviews
1.2 
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