There were a number of 2006 SUV models, both new and redesigned, that were very popular. Some of these were in the luxury class while others were hybrid vehicles. The hybrid SUVs proved to be as powerful as conventional SUVs and had the added advantage of reduced emissions and lower fuel consumption. SUVs continue to be popular in America and while SUV prices have fallen, the value of these vehicles has remained consistent.
This is a redesigned SUV with a V8 engine, redesigned interiors and exteriors, and a number of safety features. The engine is capable of an output of 292 hp combined with a 6-speed automatic transmission. Available at a purchase price of $36,000, the Explorer provides a quiet drive and can seat 7 passengers. Safety features include an antilock braking system, antiskid control system with rollover sensors and the Ford’s Advance Trac with Roll Stability Control electronic stability system. Other features include a sunroof, DVD entertainment and power adjustable pedals.
This SUV is a 4-door, 5-seater, luxury SUV powered by a 3.5 liter I5220 hp engine and has a mileage of 16 mpg in the city and 20 mpg on the highway. This SUV is manufactured by General Motors and has a powerful engine coupled with a standard 5-speed automatic transmission and an all wheel drive system. Available for $29,500, the Hummer has safety features such as antilock 4-wheel disc brakes, antiskid system and traction control. Other features include extra low transfer-case gearing, locking rear axle, leather upholstery, sunroof and heated front seats.
The 2006 Commander is similar to the 2005 Grand Cherokee as it features the 4-wheel drive system, suspension and powertrain of the Cherokee. It is a full-sized SUV with a capacity to seat 7 passengers and is available at a purchase price of $27,500. Features include antilock 4-wheel disc brakes, navigation system, stadium seating for improved visibility for passengers in the rear seat, enough headroom and electronic traction and stability control.
The Range Rover is a high performing, mid-sized luxury SUV available for a purchase price of $56,000. It comes in two trims, namely the HSE that’s powered by 305 hp V8 engine, and the supercharged trim that’s powered by the 400 hp V8 engine. Both trims have a 6-speed automatic transmission. They are 4-door vehicles and can seat five passengers comfortably. Features such as traction control, antiskid control, hill descent control, voice activated navigation system and a tire pressure monitoring system are common to both. Each trim features an antilock braking system and front and rear obstacle detection system.
The Lexus RX 400h is a powerful, fuel-efficient and luxuriously appointed SUV hybrid with an all wheel drive. Despite its weight of 4,300 pounds, it can go from 0 to 60mph in 7.3 seconds and can deliver a mileage of 31 mpg in the city. The 3.3 liter V6 engine is assisted by two electric motors and can give an output of 268 hp. Other features of this 4-door, 5-passenger hybrid include an antilock braking system, traction control, stability control and sunroof.
These SUVs were some of the best selling models in 2006 and after having a look at their specifications, it’s easy to understand their popularity.