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2010 APEAL Study Results

2010 APEAL Study Results

By Jeff Youngs, December 31, 2009


Introduction
Each year, J.D. Power and Associates surveys tens of thousands of new-vehicle buyers, asking them about their purchase experience, their new vehicle's quality, their service experience at the dealer, and what they like and dislike about their new vehicle. The J.D. Power and Associates Automotive Performance, Execution and Layout (APEAL) StudySM examines how satisfying a new vehicle is to own and drive, based on owner evaluations of more than 80 vehicle attributes. The 2010 APEAL Study is based on responses gathered between February and May 2010 from more than 76,000 purchasers and lessees of new 2010 model-year cars and trucks who were surveyed after the first 90 days of ownership.

This year, consumers were asked to rate their new vehicle's performance, execution, layout, and design in 10 distinct categories:

  • Vehicle Exterior
  • Vehicle Interior
  • Storage and Space
  • Audio/Entertainment/Navigation
  • Seats
  • HVAC (Climate controls)
  • Driving Dynamics
  • Engine/Transmission
  • Visibility/Driving Safety
  • Fuel Economy

More than Just Quality: Measuring Owner Perceptions About their New Vehicles
The J.D. Power and Associates APEAL Study is considered the industry benchmark for gauging customer satisfaction with the performance and design of new vehicles after 90 days of ownership. It is one of five key automotive studies that J.D. Power and Associates publishes each year. Others include:

  • the Initial Quality Study (IQS), which looks at owner-reported problems-including both mechanical and design-related defects-in the first 90 days of new-vehicle ownership;
  • the Vehicle Dependability Study (VDS), which is similar to IQS but surveys owners of 3-year-old vehicles that were purchased new and asks them to identify problems that occurred during the previous 12 months;
  • the Sales Satisfaction Index (SSI) Study, which asks new-vehicle buyers about their sales experience; and
  • the Customer Service Index (CSI) Study, which measures customer satisfaction with dealer maintenance and repair services.
2010 Initial Quality Study Award RecipientsWhy is Measuring Vehicle APEAL So Important?
Americans have long had a love affair with the automobile, and today it is sometimes said that you are what you drive. Indeed, the vehicles we choose to park in our driveways say something about us, collectively and individually. Many consumers strive to own vehicles that will gain the approval-and perhaps envy-of their neighbors, friends, and acquaintances, but more importantly we strive to own vehicles that appeal to us on a visceral level. We want our cars and trucks to look good inside and out, we want them to perform capably, and we want them to work intuitively, day in and day out.

Achieving high levels of vehicle appeal is important to manufacturers because this study demonstrates that, throughout the years, models that achieve high APEAL scores typically sell at a faster rate, tend to generate higher profit margins, and require fewer incentives. High levels of vehicle appeal also have a strong influence on recommendation rates. Among the most-highly-satisfied owners (APEAL scores averaging 950 or higher on a 1,000-point scale), 97 percent say they "definitely will" recommend their vehicle. However, among the least-satisfied owners (scores averaging below 400), only 8 percent say the same. All of this means that while initial quality and long-term dependability are certainly important, developing vehicles with high levels of appeal is another critical factor in the success of any automaker.

Highlights: 2010 IQS Award Recipients Gallery: 2010 IQS Award Recipients
Ratings: Top Three Models by Segment Gallery: Top Three Models by Segment



Domestics Overtake Imports in Vehicle Appeal
For the first time since 1997, domestic auto brands, collectively, have surpassed import brands as a whole in vehicle appeal. In 2010, the APEAL score for U.S. domestic brands averages 787 on a 1,000-point scale-13 points higher than the score for import brands (automakers headquartered in Europe or Asia Pacific). However, among premium models, import nameplates continue to retain a notable edge while mass-market models from domestic brands outperform those from import brands.

Domestic brands have been improving steadily in vehicle appeal during the past four years, with the greatest improvement occurring between 2008 and 2010. Improvement in 2010 is driven primarily by high-performing models from Ford and General Motors, including several models that are all-new or have undergone major redesigns.

2010 Initial Quality Study Highest Rated Trucks and SUVs"Domestic automakers have performed three important actions during the past two years that have led to their gains," said David Sargent, vice president of global vehicle research at J.D. Power and Associates. "First, they have retired many models that demonstrated low appeal. Secondly, they have introduced new, highly appealing models to their lineups. Finally, they have improved their existing models through freshenings and redesigns."



Newly Introduced Domestic Models Strike a Chord with Buyers
Between 2008 and 2010, newly introduced models by import brands have similar APEAL scores as models retired by these automakers during the same period (averaging 784 vs.781, respectively). In contrast, newly introduced domestic models have strongly outperformed the models retired by domestic brands (803 vs. 758, on average).

"When new-vehicle buyers go through the shopping process, vehicle appeal, along with price and perceptions of quality and durability, is of major importance," said Sargent. "Attributes such as exterior styling are primary determinants of whether a model makes the customer's consideration list in the first place, while other attributes-particularly those related to the interior of the vehicle-are critical in determining which model is ultimately purchased."

Profiles: 2010 IQS Award Recipients Gallery: 2010 IQS Award Recipients
Ratings: Top Three Models by Segment Gallery: Top Three Models by Segment



2010 Initial Quality Study Top 3 by SegmentFollowing are highlights at the nameplate, or brand, and the modellevel in the 2010 APEAL Study:
  • Porsche is thehighest-ranking nameplate in APEAL for a sixth consecutive year.
  • Rounding out the top six nameplates are Jaguar, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Land Rover and Audi.
  • Among mass-market brands, Mini leads,followed by Buick, Volkswagen, Ford,GMC and Chevrolet.
  • Suzuki improves more than any othernameplate in 2010, compared with 2009.
  • Ford captures five segment-levelawards-more than any other vehicle nameplate in 2010-for the Expedition, Explorer SportTrac, Flex, Fusion and Taurus.
  • Garnering two awards each are Audi (Q5 and Q7), BMW (3 Series and 5 Series), Chevrolet (Avalanche and Camaro), Mercedes-Benz (E-Class Coupe and S-Class) and Volkswagen (GTI and Routan).
  • Also receiving awards are the Honda Fit; Mini Cooper (for a thirdconsecutive year); GMC Terrain;Nissan Cube; and Land Rover RangeRover.
  • Five award recipients in 2010 are all-new models: the Audi Q5;ChevroletCamaro; GMCTerrain; Mercedes-BenzE-Class Coupe; and NissanCube.
  • The Mercedes-BenzS-Class achieves the highest APEAL score of any model in theindustry this year.
  • Of note, two models rank highest in their respective segmentsin both the 2010 APEAL Study and the 2010 Initial Quality Study (IQS),which was released in June-the Ford Taurusand the ChevroletAvalanche.

Profiles: 2010 IQS Award Recipients
Gallery: 2010 IQS Award Recipients

Ratings: Top Three Models by Segment
Gallery: Top Three Models by Segment



Following are highlights for each of the 20 highest-ranked models in the 2010 APEAL Study:

Click a model name to view the profile

Sub-Compact Car
2010 Honda Fit
  • Moves from No. 3 in the 2009 APEAL Study to highest-ranked in 2010.
  • Also ranked highest in its segment in 2008 and 2007 (in a tie).
  • Ranked highest in its segment in the 2010 Vehicle Dependability Study (VDS).

Compact Car
2010 Mini Cooper
  • Maintains 2009 highest-rank position in 2010.
  • Also ranked highest in its segment in APEAL in 2008, and 2002-2006.

Compact Crossover/SUV
2010 GMC Terrain
  • Ranked highest in its segment in APEAL in its first year on the market.

Compact Multi Purpose Vehicle
2010 Nissan Cube
  • Ranked highest in its segment in APEAL in its first year on the market.

Compact Sporty Car
2010 Volkswagen GTI
  • Maintains 2009 highest-rank position in 2010.
  • Ranked highest in its segment in the 2008, 2007, 2003, 2001 and 2000 APEAL Study.
  • Among the top 16 industry models overall in vehicle appeal.

Entry Premium Car
2010 BMW 3 Series
  • Moves from No. 6 in segment in the 2009 APEAL Study to highest-ranked in 2010.
  • Among the top 21 industry models overall in vehicle appeal.
  • Ranked highest in its segment in the 2007 and 2000 APEAL Study.

Entry Premium Crossover/SUV
2010 Audi Q5
  • Top two attributes are Vehicle Exterior and Driving Dynamics.

Compact Premium Sporty Car
2010 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe
  • Ranked highest in its segment in APEAL in its first year on the market.
  • Among the top 8 industry models overall in vehicle appeal.

Midsize Car
2010 Ford Fusion
  • Moves from No. 4 in segment in the 2009 APEAL Study to highest-ranked in 2010.
  • Ranked highest in its segment in the 2006 APEAL Study.

Midsize Crossover/SUV
2010 Ford Flex
  • Maintains 2009 highest-rank position in 2010.

Midsize Pickup
2010 Ford Explorer Sport Trac
  • Ranked highest in its segment in the 2002 and 2001 APEAL Study.

Midsize Sporty
2010 Chevrolet Camaro
  • Ranked highest in its segment in APEAL in its first year on the market.
  • Among the top 14 industry models overall in vehicle appeal.

Minivan
2010 Volkswagen Routan
  • Moves from No. 2 in segment in the 2009 APEAL Study to highest-ranked in 2010.

Midsize Premium Car
2010 BMW 5 Series
  • Moves from No. 3 in segment in the 2009 APEAL Study to highest-ranked in 2010.
  • Ranked highest in its segment in the 2008, 2006 (in a tie), and 2004 APEAL Study.
  • Among the top 9 industry models overall in vehicle appeal.

Midsize Premium Crossover/SUV
2010 Audi Q7
  • Moves from No. 8 in its segment in the 2009 APEAL Study to highest-ranked in 2010.
  • Among the top 7 industry models overall in vehicle appeal.

Large Car
2010 Ford Taurus
  • Moves from No. 9 in its segment in the 2009 APEAL Study to highest-ranked in 2010.
  • Among the top 19 industry models overall in vehicle appeal.
  • Also ranks highest in its segment in the 2010 Initial Quality Study, one of only two models to do so this year (the other is the Chevrolet Avalanche).

Large Crossover/SUV
2010 Ford Expedition
  • Moves from No. 4 in its segment in the 2009 APEAL Study to highest-ranked in 2010.

Large Pickup
2010 Chevrolet Avalanche
  • Maintains 2009 highest-rank position in 2010.
  • Also ranks highest in its segment in the 2010 Initial Quality Study, one of only two models to do so this year (the other is the Ford Taurus).
  • Ranked highest in its segment in the 2008 APEAL Study.

Large Premium Car
2010 Mercedes-Benz S-Class
  • Maintains 2007, 2008 and 2009 highest-rank position in 2010.
  • Has the highest score among all models in the 2010 APEAL Study.
  • Ranked highest in its segment in the 2000 APEAL Study.

Large Premium Crossover/SUV
2010 Land Rover Range Rover
  • Among the top 14 industry models overall in vehicle appeal.
  • Ranked highest in its segment in the 2008 and 2005 APEAL Study.

Profiles: 2010 IQS Award Recipients Gallery: 2010 IQS Award Recipients
Ratings: Top Three Models by Segment Gallery: Top Three Models by Segment


2010 Honda Fit



Overview

The Honda Fit is a subcompact 5-door hatchback designed to beeconomical, fuel efficient, and fun to drive. Bucking the segment trendof offering lightly optioned subcompact models, Honda offers the5-passenger Fit with a long list of standard equipment and options suchas stability control, navigation, and alloy wheels.

History/Genealogy
The subcompact Honda Fit has been on sale in other markets since2001-it is known as the Honda Jazz in Europe, parts of Asia, Australia,and many other places around the globe. North American customersreceived it as the Honda Fit (the same name is used in Japan and China)in 2007. Now in its second generation, last redesigned for the 2009model year, the Fit is slightly larger than its predecessor, but itstill remains one of the smallest models on the road.

Models and Powertrain
The 2010 Honda Fit is offered in two different models: base Fit and FitSport.

Both models share the identical 1.5-liter 4-cylinder engine that israted at 117 horsepower and comes mated to a standard 5-speed manualtransmission (a 5-speed automatic is optional). All models arefront-wheel drive. While the Fit Sport isn't considered a sports car inthe truest sense, it comes with standard ground appearance package,alloy wheels, paddle shifters (when optioned with the automatictransmission), fog lights, and more standard features to enhance thedriving experience. The EPA-rated fuel economy for the 2010 Honda Fitranges between 27 mpg in the city and 35 mpg on the highway.

Safety and Crash Testing


NHTSA


Model: 4-Door

Front Driver - 5 stars
Front Passenger - 5 stars
Side Driver - 5 stars
Side Rear Passenger - 4 stars
Rollover 2WD - 4 stars
Rollover 4WD - N/A

IIHS

Frontal Offset - Good
Side Impact - Good
Roof Strength - Acceptable

Study Results

2010 IQS _ No. 3 in segment
2009 APEAL _ No. 3 in segment

To learn more visit:

2010 Honda Fit




Profiles: 2010 IQS Award Recipients
Gallery: 2010 IQS Award Recipients

Ratings: Top Three Models by Segment
Gallery: Top Three Models by Segment

2010 Mini Cooper




Overview
The Mini Cooper is a subcompact 2-door coupe with a 5-passenger cabin.Unlike most cars in this class, the Cooper offers retro styling andsporty handling thanks to its wide stance and short wheelbase. Whilethe standard Cooper appeals to buyers seeking fuel economy, consumerslooking for sporty handling and ride need to look no further than theperformance-tuned John Cooper Works model.

History/Genealogy

Mini is a well-known British manufacturer of small passenger cars thatlaunched its first model in 1959. While today's Mini models are muchlarger than their predecessors, they are still small in stature whencompared to the other offerings on the market. The brand is underdifferent ownership today (BMW revived the brand in 2001) and showroomsare stocked with a full line of vehicles, including the Cooper coupe,Clubman sedan, Countryman SUV, and convertible models.

The Mini Cooper is now in its second generation (last redesigned forthe 2007 model year), and continues to offer the same fun-to-driveexperience as its predecessors.

Models and Powertrain

The Mini Cooper is offered in three different models: Mini Cooper, MiniCooper S, and John Cooper Works Hardtop.

Standard Mini Cooper models are powered by a 1.6-liter 4-cylinderengine rated at 122 horsepower. The Mini Cooper S models feature thatsame 1.6-liter engine, but with a turbocharger pushing output up to 184horsepower. John Cooper Works models share the turbocharged 1.6-literengine, but special tuning raises output to 208 horsepower. All MiniCooper models are front-wheel drive. The standard transmission is a6-speed manual with a 6-speed automatic optional. The EPA-rated fueleconomy for the 2010 Mini Cooper ranges between 25 mpg in the city and37 mpg on the highway.

Safety and Crash Testing


NHTSA

Model: 2-Door

Front Driver _ 4 stars
Front Passenger _ 4 stars
Side Driver _ 5 stars
Side Rear Passenger _ 4 stars
Rollover 2WD _ 5 stars
Rollover 4WD - N/A

IIHS

Frontal Offset _ Good
Side Impact _ Average
Roof Strength - Average

Study Results
2009 APEAL _ Highest in segment

To learn more visit:

2010 Mini Cooper




Profiles: 2010 IQS Award Recipients
Gallery: 2010 IQS Award Recipients

Ratings: Top Three Models by Segment
Gallery: Top Three Models by Segment

2010 GMC Terrain





Overview
The GMC Terrain is a midsize crossover sport utility vehicle. It isdesigned to sit below the Acadia in GMC's lineup, making it theautomaker's smallest CUV. The GMC Terrain competes against models suchas the Honda CR-V, Toyota RAV4, Nissan Rogue, and Ford Edge.

History/Genealogy
The GMC Terrain debuted at the 2009 New York Auto Show as anew-for-2010 model that's built on the same platform as the formerSaturn Vue. Based heavily on the Chevrolet Equinox (the Terrain mostlydiffers in exterior styling), the 5-passenger CUV is available as abase model with a 4-cylinder engine, or it can be loaded with a optionssuch as a dual-screen DVD player, navigation, all-wheel drive, and a6-cylinder engine.

The Terrain is sold in North America, including Mexico.

Models and Powertrain

The 2010 GMC Terrain is offered in four different models: SLE-1, SLE-2,SLT-1, and SLT-2.
The standard engine is a 2.4-liter 4-cylinder rated at 182 horsepower.Available optionally (with the exception of the SLE-1 model) is a3.0-liter 6-cylinder engine rated at 264 horsepower. The standardtransmission on all models is a 6-speed automatic. Front-wheel drive isthe standard drivetrain, with all-wheel drive offered as an option onall four models. The Terrain can tow 1,500 pounds with the 4-cylinderengine and 3,500 pounds with the 6-cylinder. The EPA-rated fuel economyfor the 2010 GMC Terrain ranges between 17 mpg in the city and 32 mpgon the highway.

Safety and Crash Testing

NHTSA

Model: 4-Door

Front Driver - 5 stars
Front Passenger - 5 stars
Side Driver - 5 stars
Side Rear Passenger - 5 stars
Rollover 2WD - 4 stars
Rollover 4WD - N/A

IIHS

*** TOP SAFETY PICK ***

Frontal Offset - Good
Side Impact - Good
Roof Strength - Good

Study Results

2010 VDS _ N/A
2009 APEAL _ N/A

To learn more visit:

2010 GMC Terrain




Profiles: 2010 IQS Award Recipients
Gallery: 2010 IQS Award Recipients

Ratings: Top Three Models by Segment
Gallery: Top Three Models by Segment

2010 Nissan Cube



Overview

The Nissan Cube is a compact multi-purpose vehicle with a 5-passengercabin. Distinguished by its asymmetrical styling, the Cube competesagainst the Scion xB, Honda Element, and Kia Soul. The Cube is designedto be fun to drive, fuel efficient, and economical.

History/Genealogy

The Nissan Cube has been on sale in Japan since 1998, but waspreviously unavailable in the North American market. Thanks to thesuccess of this niche, and the high cost of fuel, Nissan chose toimport the all-new third-generation model for the 2009 model year. Fromthe outside, it is readily identified by its unique styling-the rearwindow wraps around the passenger side of the vehicle, while thedriver's side has a traditional thick painted C-pillar. (The styling isfunctional, as Nissan utilizes the visible pillar to hide themechanicals of the standard swing-out rear tailgate.) The styling ofthe interior mirrors the uniqueness of the exterior. Inside, passengerswill find asymmetrical gauges, "water drop" interior accents, anddetachable multi-hooks for storage.

Models and Powertrain

Nissan offers four different versions of the Cube: 1.8, 1.8 S, 1.8 SKrōm Edition, and 1.8 SL. All four models share the identical engine,drivetrain, and chassis. The differences are found in the standardequipment levels, with the Cube SL sitting at the top of the modelrange.

Under the hood of the 2010 Nissan Cube is a 1.8-liter 4-cylinder enginerated at 122 horsepower. The Cube 1.8 and Cube 1.8 S feature a standard6-speed manual transmission. Nissan's familiar Xtronic CVT(continuously variable automatic transmission) is optional on thoseentry-level models, but standard on the higher-grade trim levels. TheEPA-rated fuel economy for the 2010 Nissan Cube ranges between 25 mpgin the city and 31 mpg on the highway.

Safety and Crash Testing

NHTSA

Model: Van

Front Driver - 4 stars
Front Passenger - 4 stars
Side Driver - 5 stars
Side Rear Passenger - 5 stars
Rollover 2WD - 4 stars
Rollover 4WD - N/A

IIHS


*** TOP SAFETY PICK ***

Frontal Offset - Good
Side Impact - Good
Roof Strength - Good

Study Results


2010 IQS _ No. 3 in segment

To learn more visit:

2010 Nissan Cube




Profiles: 2010 IQS Award Recipients
Gallery: 2010 IQS Award Recipients

Ratings: Top Three Models by Segment
Gallery: Top Three Models by Segment

2010Volkswagen GTI





Overview

The Volkswagen GTI is a compact, 2-door hatchback or 4-door coupedesigned with a 5-passenger cabin-both models are essentiallyhigher-performing variants of the Volkswagen Golf. The two GTI modelsare offered with a standard turbocharged engine and performanceupgrades, while the standard Golf models are available with economy inmind via normally aspirated gasoline and fuel-efficient turbochargeddiesel engines.

History/Genealogy

The first Volkswagen GTI debuted in 1983 during a period when smallcars were associated with being underpowered and unexciting to drive inthe interest of fuel economy. Based on the popular Volkswagen Rabbit(introduced in 1974), the "GTI" was a modified variant with a morepowerful fuel-injected engine, stiffened suspension, and larger tires.

The reconfigured model was such a success that the original "VolkswagenGTI" remains credited with the "hot hatch" craze that continues eventoday. Years after its introduction, when the Rabbit name wasdiscontinued, the GTI continued on the Golf platform-the Rabbit'ssuccessor. The latest iteration of the GTI follows that same pattern,but it is now based on VW's sixth-generation ("Mk6") platform that wasall-new for 2010.

Models and Powertrain
The 2010 Volkswagen GTI is offered in either coupe or sedan bodystyles-both have the identical equipment.

The GTI models share a turbocharged, 2.0-liter, 4-cylinder gasolineengine rated at 200 horsepower and are fitted with a standard 6-speedmanual transmission (a 6-speed dual-clutch "DSG" automatic isoptional). The EPA-rated fuel economy for the 2010 Volkswagen GTIranges between 22 mpg in the city and 42 mpg on the highway.

Safety and Crash Testing


NHTSA

Model: 4-Door

Front Driver - 4 stars
Front Passenger - 4 stars
Side Driver - 5 stars
Side Rear Passenger - 5 stars
Rollover 2WD - 4 stars
Rollover 4WD - N/A

IIHS

*** TOP SAFETY PICK ***


Frontal Offset - Good
Side Impact - Good
Roof Strength - Good

Study Results

2010 IQS _ No. 3 in segment
2009 APEAL - Highest in segment

To learn more visit:

2010Volkswagen GTI




Profiles: 2010 IQS Award Recipients
Gallery: 2010 IQS Award Recipients

Ratings: Top Three Models by Segment
Gallery: Top Three Models by Segment

2010 BMW3 Series




Overview

The BMW 3 Series is offered in a compact 2-door coupe, 2-doorconvertible, 4-door sedan or 4-door wagon with up to 5-passengerseating accommodations. One of the automaker's most expansive models,the 3 Series range varies from family-oriented station wagons tohigh-performance coupes. The 3 Series is slightly larger than the 1Series, but smaller than the 5 Series and 7 Series models.

History/Genealogy

Introduced in 1975, the 3 Series is sold worldwide with a variety ofengine choices that include 4-cylinder, 6-cylinder, and 8-cylinderoptions with gasoline and diesel variants. As BMW is marketed as aperformance and luxury automaker in North American, only 6- and8-cylinder models are offered in U.S. showrooms. Now in its fifthgeneration, and last redesigned for the 2006 model year, the 3 Seriesreceived a minor refresh for 2010 that included new wheels on basemodels as well as a variety of equipment changes. A completelyredesigned 3 Series is expected for the 2012 model year.

Models and Powertrain
The 2010 BMW 3 Series is offered in 16 different models: 328i Coupe,328i xDrive Coupe, 335i Coupe, 335i xDrive Coupe, 328i Convertible,335i Convertible, 328i Sedan, 328i xDrive Sedan, 335i Sedan, 335ixDrive Sedan, 335d Sedan, 328i Sports Wagon, 328i xDrive Sports Wagon,M3 Coupe, M3 Sedan and M3 Convertible. The 3 Series is offered incoupe, convertible and sedan body styles. All "xDrive" models arefitted with permanent all-wheel drive.

The standard engine in all 328 models is a 3.0-liter inline-6 rated at230 horsepower. The 335i models are fitted with a turbocharged,3.0-liter inline-6 engine rated at 300 horsepower, while theperformance-oriented M3 models receive a 4.0-liter V-8 rated at 414horsepower. The 335d sedan model, the fuel-efficient diesel, is fittedwith a 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-6 rated at 265 horsepower.

The 328i and 335i models are offered with rear- or all-wheel-drivepowertrains, but the M3 models are all rear-wheel drive. A 6-speedmanual transmission is standard with a 6-speed automatic transmissionoptional (the M3 is available with an "M" 7-speed Double-clutchautomatic transmission). The EPA-rated fuel economy for the 2010 BMW 3Series ranges between 13 mpg in the city and 36 mpg on the highway.

Safety and Crash Testing

NHTSA

Model: 4-Door Sedan

Front Driver - 4 stars
Front Passenger - 4 stars
Side Driver - 5 stars
Side Rear Passenger - 5 stars
Rollover 2WD - 5 stars
Rollover 4WD - 5 stars

IIHS

Frontal Offset - Good
Side Impact - Good
Roof Strength - Not Tested

To learn more visit:

2010 BMW3 Series




Profiles: 2010 IQS Award Recipients
Gallery: 2010 IQS Award Recipients

Ratings: Top Three Models by Segment
Gallery: Top Three Models by Segment

2010 Audi Q5




Overview
The Audi Q5 is a midsize, 5-passenger crossover sport utility vehicle.Smaller sibling to the Audi Q7, the Q5 is fitted with standard6-cylinder power and standard permanent all-wheel drive. Befitting itsluxury mission, the interior is upscale and laden with the latesttechnologies.

History/Genealogy
Introduced in 2009, the Audi Q5 shares unibody platforms with the A4Sedan. The Q5 is the smallest SUV in the Audi lineup, and is theautomaker's entry-level SUV. While models sold in other markets areoffered with small gasoline and diesel powerplants, all U.S. modelsshare the same powerplant-with various trim levels differentiatedsolely by features and equipment.

All-new just last year, Audi made only minor changes to the Q5 for2010. These include new optional wheels, upgraded interior trim, andequipment changes in several packages. The premium Bang & Olufsenaudio upgrade is currently available as a stand-alone option on thePremium Plus model.

Models and Powertrain

There are three Q5 models in 2010: Q5 3.2 FSI Premium, Q5 3.2 FSIPremium Plus, and Q5 3.2 FSI Prestige.
The 2010 Audi Q5 is fitted with a standard 3.2-liter V-6 engine ratedat 270 horsepower. The standard transmission is a 6-speed,electronically controlled "Tiptronic" automatic that sends power to allfour wheels through Audi's "quattro" permanent all-wheel-drive system.The EPA-rated fuel economy for the 2010 Audi Q5 is 18 mpg in the cityand 23 mpg on the highway.

Safety and Crash Testing


NHTSA

Model: 4-Door

Front Driver - 5 stars
Front Passenger - 5 stars
Side Driver - 5 stars
Side Rear Passenger - 5 stars
Rollover 2WD - N/A
Rollover 4WD - 4 stars

IIHS


*** TOP SAFETY PICK ***

Frontal Offset - Good
Side Impact - Good
Roof Strength - Good

To learn more, visit:

2010Audi Q5



Profiles: 2010 IQS Award Recipients
Gallery: 2010 IQS Award Recipients

Ratings: Top Three Models by Segment
Gallery: Top Three Models by Segment


2010Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe





Overview

The Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe is a 2-door counterpart to the E-Classsedan. Unlike the 5-passenger sedan, the sportier coupe is designedwith a 4-passenger cabin (and, while they both use the same "E-Class"designation, each rides on its own unique platform although they doshare about 60 percent common componentry). The E-Class Coupe is asmaller sibling to the flagship CL-Class Coupe.

History/Genealogy

New to the automaker's lineup, the E-Class Coupe replaced the CLK-Classwhen it debuted for the 2010 model year. While the E-Class Sedan andupcoming Convertible models share the same platform (the internal codeis "W212"), the E-Class Coupe shares its platform ("W204") with theslightly smaller C-Class.

Amenities are another matter, as the new Coupe features nearly all ofthe same upscale features and luxury equipment as found on its 4-doorE-Class relative. Like the CL-Class Coupe, the E-Class Coupe featuresan engineering design free of a B-pillar, making this "pillarless"coupe unique in the premium luxury coupe segment.

Models and Powertrain
The 2010 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe is offered in two differentmodels: E350 Coupe and E550 Coupe.

The standard powerplant in the E350 Coupe is a 3.5-liter 6-cylinderrated at 268 horsepower. The E550 Coupe is fitted with a more powerful5.5-liter 8-cylinder engine rated at 382 horsepower. Both engines aremated to a standard 7-speed automatic transmission that sends power tothe rear wheels. The EPA-rated fuel economy for the 2010 Mercedes-BenzE-Class Coupe ranges between 15 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on thehighway.

Safety and Crash Testing

NHTSA

Model: 2-Door

Front Driver - Not Tested
Front Passenger - Not Tested
Side Driver - Not Tested
Side Rear Passenger - Not Tested
Rollover 2WD - Not Tested
Rollover 4WD - Not Tested

IIHS

Frontal Offset - Not Tested
Side Impact - Not Tested
Roof Strength - Not Tested

Study Results

2010 IQS _ N/A
2010 VDS _ N/A
2009 APEAL _ N/A

To learn more visit:

2010 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe




Profiles: 2010 IQS Award Recipients
Gallery: 2010 IQS Award Recipients

Ratings: Top Three Models by Segment
Gallery: Top Three Models by Segment

2010 Ford Fusion





Overview
The Ford Fusion is a midsize 4-door sedan that is larger than thecompact Ford Focus, yet smaller than the full-size Ford Taurus. Unlikemost segment competitors, the Ford Fusion is offered with a choice offront- or all-wheel drive, as well as the option of 4-cylinder,6-cylinder, or hybrid powerplants. In addition, Ford offers a Sportmodel fitted with spoilers, side skirts, and larger wheels.

History/Genealogy
The Ford Fusion was first introduced in 2006. Built on the sameplatform as the Mercury Milan and Lincoln MKZ, the 5-passenger Fusionwas the first model from Ford to feature the automaker's new three-bargrille-a look that has since been adopted by the rest of the Fordproduct lineup.

Ford significantly updated the Fusion for the 2010 model year. Inaddition to new front and rear fascias, engines were upgraded to bemore powerful and more fuel efficient. The inefficient 5-speedtransmissions were replaced with modern 6-speed manual and automatictransmissions, and the trim levels were upgraded.

Models and Powertrain
The 2010 Ford Fusion is offered in six different models: S, SE, SEL,Sport, SEL V6, and Sport V6.
The Fusion is offered with three different powerplants. The standardFord Fusion is fitted with a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine rated at 175horsepower. It is mated to a new standard 6-speed manual or a new6-speed automatic transmission. The V-6 models utilize a 3.0-liter6-cylinder engine rated at 240 horsepower on gasoline (the powerplantis E85-compatible) and mated to 6-speed automatic transmission.
The Fusion Hybrid features a gasoline-electric powerplant with a156-horsepower, 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine and an electric boostmotor. The standard transmission on the hybrid model is a continuouslyvariable transmission (CVT). The EPA-rated fuel economy for the 2010Ford Fusion running on gasoline ranges between 18 mpg in the city and36 mpg on the highway (E85 ethanol will deliver reduced fuel economy).

Safety and Crash Testing

NHTSA

Model: 4-Door

Front Driver - 5 stars
Front Passenger - 5 stars
Side Driver - 5 stars
Side Rear Passenger - 4 stars
Rollover 2WD - N/A
Rollover 4WD - N/A

IIHS


*** TOP SAFETY PICK ***

Frontal Offset - Good
Side Impact - Good
Roof Strength - Good

Study Results

2010 IQS _ No. 2 in segment

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2010 Ford Flex




Overview

The Ford Flex is a full-size crossover with styling and functionalitythat blends elements of a minivan and sport utility into one vehicle.Constructed on a unibody platform, and with three rows of passengerseating in the cabin, the Flex holds up to 7 passengers yet deliversride and handling qualities much like a car (it shares the Ford Taurussedan platform). The Ford Flex is only sold in North American andMiddle Eastern markets.

History/Genealogy

Based on the Ford Fairlane concept that debuted in 2005 at the NorthAmerican International Auto Show, the production Ford Flex replaced theFord Freestar minivan when it went into production for the 2009 modelyear. At its launch, Ford offered just one powerplant-a 3.5-liter V-6.However, that changed in 2010 when the automaker introduced atwin-turbocharged variant offering significantly more power and torque.Because the added horsepower would be difficult for a front-wheel-drivesystem to handle, the EcoBoost option is only offered onall-wheel-drive models that are able to distribute the engine's powerto each tire.

Models and Powertrain
Ford offers seven different models of the Flex for 2010: SE FWD,Limited AWD, Limited AWD with EcoBoost, Limited FWD, SEL AWD, SEL AWDwith EcoBoost, and SEL FWD.

The standard engine on all models is a 3.5-liter 6-cylinder rated at262 horsepower. The Limited AWD and SEL AWD models are offered with"EcoBoost," which essentially means the engine has been fitted withtwin turbochargers to produce 355 horsepower. All models share a6-speed automatic transmission that sends power to the front wheels(FWD) or through a permanent all-wheel-drive system (AWD). TheEPA-rated fuel economy for the 2010 Ford Flex ranges between 16 mpg inthe city and 22 mpg on the highway.

Safety and Crash Testing

NHTSA


Model: 4-Door

Front Driver - 5 stars
Front Passenger - 5 stars
Side Driver - 5 stars
Side Rear Passenger - 5 stars
Rollover 2WD - 4 stars
Rollover 4WD - 4 stars

IIHS

*** TOP SAFETY PICK ***

Frontal Offset - Good
Side Impact - Good
Roof Strength - Good

Study Results

2009 APEAL _ Highest in segment

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2010 Ford Explorer Sport Trac





Overview

The Ford Explorer Sport Trac is a midsize sport utility vehicle with anopen pickup truck bed that replaces the enclosed rear cargo area foundon most traditional SUVs. As implied by its name, the 5-passenger SportTrac is based on the Ford Explorer SUV. It is designed to competeagainst the Honda Ridgeline and Chevrolet Avalanche-both models thatoffer similar designs.

History/Genealogy
When it debuted in 2001, the Ford Explorer Sport Trac featured fourstandard doors like most other SUVs. However, an open plastic compositebed resided where an enclosed cargo area would normally be. Like itsplatform-sharing sibling, the Ford Explorer, the Sport Trac was fittedwith a standard 4.0-liter V-6 engine.

The current, second-generation model arrived in 2007. Based on thelarger Ford Explorer platform, the new Sport Trac was offered with achoice between 6-cylinder and 8-cylinder power. Unlike the Explorer,there is no base model-the mid-grade XLT is the entry-level Sport Trac.When the Ford Explorer switches to a unibody platform in 2011, the FordExplorer Sport Trac may be discontinued.

Models and Powertrain

The 2010 Ford Explorer Sport Trac is offered in three different models:XLT, Limited, and Adrenalin.

The standard powerplant is a 4.0-liter 6-cylinder engine rated at 210horsepower. It is mated to a 5-speed automatic transmission. Theoptional engine is a 4.6-liter 8-cylinder rated at 292 horsepower. Thestandard transmission on the larger engine is a 6-speed automatic.Rear-wheel drive is standard, with all-wheel drive optional. TheEPA-rated fuel economy for the 2010 Ford Explorer Sport Trac rangesbetween 15 mpg in the city and 21 mpg on the highway.

Safety and Crash Testing

NHTSA

Model: 4-Door

Front Driver - 5 stars
Front Passenger - 5 stars
Side Driver - 5 stars
Side Rear Passenger - 5 stars
Rollover 2WD - 4 stars
Rollover 4WD - 4 stars

IIHS

Frontal Offset - Good
Side Impact - Good
Roof Strength - N/A

Study Results


2010 IQS _ No. 3 in segment

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2010 Chevrolet Camaro





Overview
The Chevrolet Camaro is a compact, sporty 2-door coupe. With itstraditional rear-wheel-drive powertrain, powered by large 6-cylinderand 8-cylinder engines, the retro-styled 4-passenger Camaro competesdirectly against the Ford Mustang and Dodge Challenger. It is alsocross-shopped against the Nissan 370Z and Hyundai Genesis Coupe.

History/Genealogy
The original Chevrolet Camaro debuted in 1966 (1967 model year)-atraditional, classic, American Muscle Car. Designed specifically as acompetitor to the Ford Mustang, the Camaro offered an oversize engineon a relatively compact, rear-wheel-drive platform. One of the original"pony cars," the Camaro went through many changes over the decadesuntil it was discontinued at the end of the 2002 model year-marking 35years of continuous production.

General Motors revived the Camaro nameplate for the 2010 model year.The all-new, completely restyled fifth-generation Camaro featured aretro-styled appearance that paid homage to the original 1960s models.Keeping in tune with its muscle-car mission-and battling Ford's Mustangonce again-Camaro is also offered as a race-ready "SS" model with anoversized V-8, a Brembo brake upgrade, and performance-tuned suspension.

Models and Powertrain

The 2010 Chevrolet Camaro is offered in five different models: LS, 1LT,2LT, 1SS, and 2SS.

The standard powerplant in the LS and LT Camaro models is a 3.6-liter6-cylinder rated at 312 horsepower. The SS models are fitted with a6.2-liter 8-cylinder engine rated at 426 horsepower. The standardtransmission for both engines is a 6-speed manual transmission, with a6-speed automatic (with "TAPshift" controls) offered as an option. TheEPA-rated fuel economy for the 2010 Chevrolet Camaro ranges between 16mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway.

Safety and Crash Testing


NHTSA

Model: 2-Door

Front Driver - 4 stars
Front Passenger - 4 stars
Side Driver - 5 stars
Side Rear Passenger - N/A
Rollover 2WD - 5 stars
Rollover 4WD - N/A

IIHS

Frontal Offset - Not Tested
Side Impact - Not Tested
Roof Strength - Not Tested

Study Results

2010 IQS _ No. 3 in segment
2010 VDS _ N/A
2009 APEAL _ N/A

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2010VolkswagenRoutan




Overview
The Volkswagen Routan is a 7-passenger minivan conceived to competeagainst similar offerings from Honda, Toyota, and the Chrysler minivanfamily. Like other minivans, the front-wheel-drive Routan is offeredwith a choice of engines and an interior that is decidedlyfamily-oriented.

History/Genealogy

First introduced in 2009, the Volkswagen Routan was designed as afollow-up to the Volkswagen Eurovan-a model that was dropped in 2003.The Routan shares platforms and powertrains with the Chrysler Town& Country and Dodge Grand Caravan, but features a unique interiorand special suspension tuning by Volkswagen for a more �European'driving experience.

Models and Powertrain

There are four Routan models: Routan S, Routan SE, Routan SEL, andRoutan SEL Premium. All feature 3-zone climate control, three rows ofseating, and a full complement of safety electronics includingstability control (ESP) and ABS. High-level models upgrade to leatherupholstery, power sliding doors, automatic climate control, andpassenger DVD players.

The S and SE models are fitted with a 3.8-liter 6-cylinder engine ratedat 197 horsepower while the SEL and SEL Premium models feature a larger4.0-liter 6-cylinder engine rated at 251 horsepower. Both engines aremated to a standard 6-speed automatic transmission that sends power tothe front wheels. The EPA-rated fuel economy for the 2010 VolkswagenRoutan ranges between 16 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway.

Safety and Crash Testing


NHTSA


Model: Van

Front Driver - 5 stars
Front Passenger - 5 stars
Side Driver - 5 stars
Side Rear Passenger - 5 stars
Rollover 2WD - 4 stars
Rollover 4WD - N/A

IIHS


Frontal Offset - Good
Side Impact - Good
Roof Strength - Not Tested

Study Results

2009 APEAL _ No. 2 in segment

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2010 BMW 5 Series




Overview
The BMW 5 Series lineup is comprised of a midsize 5-passenger sedan,station wagon, and grand touring model. Larger than the 3 Series, butsmaller than the flagship 7 Series, the 5 Series is designed to besporty, yet luxurious. Setting the 5 Series apart from its competitorsis the fact that nearly all of its trim levels are offered with manualtransmissions-stick shifts are mostly unheard of in this segment.

History/Genealogy

The BMW 5 Series has been in production since 1972. Now in its fifthgeneration, the 5 Series is offered in three different body stylesranging from 6-cylinder station wagons to high-performance sedans. In2010, BMW introduced the Gran Turismo models (built on a modified 7Series platform, but considered part of the 5 Series lineup). The GranTurismo (or "GT") offers more room than the station wagon for bothpassengers and cargo and is set to replace the wagon for the 2011 modelyear. An all-new 5 Series sedan is scheduled to debut in 2011.

Models and Powertrain
The 2010 BMW 5 Series is offered in 9 different models: 528i, 528ixDrive, 535i, 535i Gran Turismo, 535i Sport Wagon xDrive, 535i xDrive,550i Gran Turismo, 550i, and M5. The standard drivetrain is rear-wheeldrive with "xDrive" models fitted with permanent, full-time all-wheeldrive. The M5 is only offered in rear-wheel drive.

The standard engine on the 528i models is a 3.0-liter inline-6 rated at240 horsepower. The 535i models are fitted with a turbocharged3.0-liter inline-6 rated at 300 horsepower. The 550i models feature a4.8-liter V-8 engine rated at 360 horsepower (550i sedan) or aturbocharged variant rated at 400 horsepower (550i Gran Turismo). Thehigh-performance M5 receives its own unique 5.0-liter V-10 rated at 500horsepower.

The sedan models feature a 6-speed manual transmission as standardequipment with a 6-speed automatic optional. All 5 Series Gran Turismomodels are fitted with a standard 8-speed automatic transmission. Inaddition to the 6-speed manual, the M5 is available with a 7-speedsequential gearbox automatic transmission. The EPA-rated fuel economyfor the 2010 BMW 5 Series ranges between 11 mpg in the city and 28 mpgon the highway.

Safety and Crash Testing


NHTSA


Model: 4-Door Sedan (non-GT)

Front Driver - 3 stars
Front Passenger - 5 stars
Side Driver - 5 stars
Side Rear Passenger - 5 stars
Rollover 2WD - 4 stars
Rollover 4WD - 4 stars

IIHS


Frontal Offset - Good
Side Impact - Marginal
Roof Strength - Not Tested

Study Results

2009 APEAL _ No. 3 in segment

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2010 Audi Q7





Overview
The Audi Q7 is a full-size 7-passenger sport utility vehicle. Thelargest SUV in the automaker's lineup, the Q7 is offered with threedifferent powerplants all mated to a standard automatic transmission.The automaker's "quattro" permanent all-wheel-drive system is fitted toall models. As expected, the Q7 features a long list of standard luxuryequipment and the automaker's latest technology.

History/Genealogy
Introduced for the 2006 model year, the Audi Q7 shares its car-likeunibody platform with the Volkswagen Touareg and Porsche Cayenne.Interestingly enough, the Q7 is the only one among that group to offerstandard 3rd-row seating to accommodate up to 7 passengers.
For the 2010 model year, Audi refreshed the Q7 with small changes tothe front and rear exterior lighting modules, mildly upgraded theinterior, and fitted the latest version of the company's MMIinfotainment system-now in its third generation. A new turbochargeddiesel variant, designed for high fuel efficiency yet offering moretorque than the gasoline models, was also introduced.

Models and Powertrain

The 2010 Audi Q7 is offered in three different models: Q7 TDI, Q7 3.6FSI, and Q7 4.2 FSI.

Entry-level Q7 3.6 FSI models are fitted with 3.6-liter 6-cylinderengines rated at 280 horsepower. The 4.2 FSI models receive a 4.2-liter8-cylinder rated at 350 horsepower. New for 2010 is a 3.0-literturbocharged diesel powerplant, rated at 225 horsepower. All models,regardless of engine, are fitted with Audi's "quattro" permanentall-wheel-drive system as standard equipment. The EPA-rated fueleconomy for the 2010 Audi Q7 ranges between 13 mpg in the city and 25mpg on the highway.

Safety and Crash Testing


NHTSA


Model: 4-Door

Front Driver - 5 stars
Front Passenger - 5 stars
Side Driver - 5 stars
Side Rear Passenger - 5 stars
Rollover 2WD - N/A
Rollover 4WD - 4 stars

IIHS


Frontal Offset - Good
Side Impact - Good
Roof Strength - Not tested

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2010 Ford Taurus

2010 Ford Taurus

Overview
The Ford Taurus is a full-size, family-oriented, 5-passenger sedan. One of the longest-running nameplates sold under the brand, the Taurus is offered with a choice of 6-cylinder engines mated to an automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive is standard, with all-wheel drive optional. The SHO model is designed for performance.

History/Genealogy
The Ford Taurus debuted in 1986 as a replacement to the Ford LTD. The Taurus promised modern styling and amenities in an efficient front-wheel-drive package. The debut of the performance-oriented Taurus SHO-utilizing a Yamaha-sourced V-6 mated to a manual transmission-was in 1989. The first-generation Taurus, offered in both sedan and station wagon body styles, was in production until 1991.Today's Ford Taurus is in its sixth generation, completely redesigned for the 2010 model year. Unlike Taurus models from the past, the new model is offered with options such as all-wheel drive, cross traffic alert, blind-spot monitoring, adaptive cruise control, and a twin-turbocharged 6-cylinder powerplant.

Models and Powertrain
The 2010 Ford Taurus is offered in four different models: SE, SEL, Limited, and SHO.The 2010 Ford Taurus is offered with a standard 3.5-liter 6-cylinder engine rated at 263 horsepower and 249 lb.-ft. of torque. Power is sent through a 6-speed electronically controlled transmission and connected to the front-wheel-drive or optional all-wheel-drive powertrain.

The Taurus SHO features a twin-turbocharged variant of the 3.5-liter 6-cylinder engine rated at 365 horsepower and 350 lb.-ft. of torque. Its power is also sent through a 6-speed electronically controlled transmission, but an all-wheel-drive powertrain is standard. The EPA-rated fuel economy for the 2010 Ford Taurus ranges between 17 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway.

Safety and Crash Testing

NHTSA

Model: 4-Door

Front Driver - 5 stars
Front Passenger - 5 stars
Side Driver - 5 stars
Side Rear Passenger - 5 stars
Rollover 2WD - 4 stars
Rollover 4WD - 4 stars

IIHS

*** TOP SAFETY PICK ***

Frontal Offset - Good
Side Impact - Good
Roof Strength - Good

Study Results

2010 IQS - Highest ranked in segment

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2010 Ford Expedition





Overview
The Ford Expedition is a traditional full-size sport utility vehicle.With the retirement of the Excursion in 2005, the 8-passengerExpedition is now the automaker's largest SUV-and its flagship model-asit sits above the Ford Explorer in the lineup.

History/Genealogy
Introduced in 1997, the Ford Expedition was designed as a replacementfor the Ford Bronco. Based on the Ford F-150 pickup chassis, thefirst-generation Expedition offered optional 9-passenger seating (witha front bench seat) and two different 8-cylinder engine choices (itcompeted directly against the Chevrolet Suburban and GMC Yukon). Thesecond-generation Expedition arrived in 2003. The rear suspension wasnow independent (for improved ride quality) and the base engine wasupgraded to a 5.4-liter V-8. The transmission remained a 4-speedautomatic.

The current, third-generation Ford Expedition debuted in 2007. Againsharing platforms with the F-150 (however, on the new "T1" platform),the SUV offered retractable running boards (to ease entry/exit) and anew 6-speed automatic transmission to improve drivability and fueleconomy. New electronics, including Ford Sync infotainment, were addedin 2009. The 2010 model year welcomed new option packages and "trailersway control" as standard equipment.

Models and Powertrain

The 2010 Ford Expedition is offered in eight different models: XLT, CLTEL, Eddie Bauer, Limited, Eddie Bauer EL, King Ranch, Limited EL, andKing Ranch EL. The "EL" models are extended about 16 inches longer thanthe standard models, adding about 24 cubic feet of increased passengeror cargo capacity.

The standard engine is a 5.4-liter 8-cylinder (E85-compatible) rated at310 horsepower and mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission. TheExpedition is offered with a choice between 4x2 and 4x4 drivelines. TheEPA-rated fuel economy for the 2010 Ford Expedition running on gasolineranges between 12 mpg in the city and 20 mpg on the highway (running onE85 ethanol will deliver reduced fuel economy).

Safety and Crash Testing


NHTSA

Model: 4-Door SUV

Front Driver - 5 stars
Front Passenger - 5 stars
Side Driver - 5 stars
Side Rear Passenger - 5 stars
Rollover 2WD - 4 stars
Rollover 4WD - 4 stars

IIHS

Frontal Offset - Not Tested
Side Impact - Not Tested
Roof Strength - Not Tested

Study Results

2010 VDS_ No. 3 in segment

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2010Chevrolet Avalanche



Overview

The Chevrolet Avalanche is a 4-door sport utility truck with a pickupbed. Unlike a traditional 4-door pickup, the rear seatback and"midgate" of the Avalanche can be lowered into the passengercompartment, extending the pickup bed to over 8 feet in length. Thetruck is offered in 4x2 and 4x4 configurations, with standard8-cylinder power.

History/Genealogy

Introduced in 2002, the Chevrolet Avalanche utilized GM's "GMT800"body-on-frame platform, which is shared with the Cadillac Escalade,Chevrolet Tahoe and Chevrolet Silverado. As such, the mechanicalunderpinnings were nearly identical to its cousins, although the bodywas very different. To differentiate the Avalanche (and its uniquerole) from the Tahoe, Chevrolet used plastic body cladding on thefirst-generation model. It proved unpopular, and was soon dropped.

The second-generation Avalanche arrived in 2007 (coinciding with thearrival of the new Chevrolet Tahoe). While it shared styling cues withthe Tahoe and Suburban (without the body cladding), the Avalanche stilloffered a unique type of utility that was unmatched by its siblings.While the Tahoe is offered with a hybrid powertrain option, it is notavailable on the Avalanche. After the 6.0-liter V-8 option was dropped,all Avalanche models now share the same E85 Ethanol-compatible,5.3-liter 8-cylinder engine.

Models and Powertrain

The 2010 Chevrolet Avalanche is offered in three models, with a choiceof 4x2 or 4x4 powertrains: LS, LT and LTZ.
The standard powerplant for the 2010 Chevrolet Avalanche is a 5.3-liter8-cylinder rated at 320 horsepower and 335 lb.-ft. of torque (theengine is flex-fuel compatible). Power is sent to an electronicallycontrolled, 6-speed automatic transmission and connected to a rear- or4-wheel-drive powertrain. The EPA-rated fuel economy for the 2010Chevrolet Avalanche ranges between 15 mpg in the city and 21 mpg on thehighway.

Safety and Crash Testing

NHTSA


Model: 4-Door

Front Driver - 5 stars
Front Passenger - 5 stars
Side Driver - Not Tested
Side Rear Passenger - Not Tested
Rollover 2WD - 3 stars
Rollover 4WD - 3 stars

IIHS
Frontal Offset - Not Tested
Side Impact - Not Tested
Roof Strength - Not Tested

Study Results
2010 IQS - Highest ranked in segment

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2010Mercedes-Benz S-Class





Overview

The Mercedes-Benz S-Class is a full-size, 5-passenger luxury sedan. Theflagship of the automaker's sedan lineup, the S-Class is the largestcar in the automaker's inventory. Mercedes-Benz offers many differentvariants of the S-Class, including a hybrid and severalhigh-performance models tuned by its AMG performance division.

History/Genealogy

The S-Class has been around for more than 50 years, but it didn'tbecome an official vehicle moniker until 1972. Since that time, fivegenerations of the "special class" Mercedes-Benz have been produced.Historically, the S-Class has been used by the automaker to introduceits latest technology. For this reason, the S-Class was the first carin Europe to feature air bags and the company's first model to debuthe current "PRE-SAFE" integration of multiple safety features.

The current S-Class was introduced as a 2006 model. It is sold worldwide with engines of varying displacement and size, includingseveral 6-cylinder models. However, the North American market mainlyreceives the more powerful variants-befitting its flagship role in theautomaker's lineup.

Models and Powertrain

The 2010 Mercedes-Benz S-Class is offered in six different models: S400Hybrid, S550, S550 4MATIC, S600, S63 AMG, and S65 AMG.

The standard powerplant in the S400 Hybrid is a 3.5-liter 6-cylinderrated at 295 horsepower (mated to an electric boost motor). The S550and S550 4MATIC are fitted with 5.5-liter 8-cylinder engines rated at382 horsepower. The S600 features a 5.5-liter 12-cylinder engine ratedat 510 horsepower. The S63 AMG is a performance-tuned variant with asupercharged 6.2-liter 8-cylinder rated at 518 horsepower, while theflagship S65 AMG boasts a twin-turbo 6.0-liter 12-cylinder rated at 612horsepower. All models are rear-wheel drive, with the exception of theone "4MATIC" all-wheel-drive version. The EPA-rated fuel economy forthe 2010 Mercedes-Benz S-Class ranges between 11 mpg in the city and 25mpg on the highway.

Safety and Crash Testing


NHTSA

Model: 4-Door

Front Driver - Not Tested
Front Passenger - Not Tested
Side Driver - Not Tested
Side Rear Passenger - Not Tested
Rollover 2WD - Not Tested
Rollover 4WD - Not Tested

IIHS


Frontal Offset - Not Tested
Side Impact - Not Tested
Roof Strength - Not Tested

Study Results

2010 IQS _ No. 2 in segment
2009 APEAL - Highest in segment

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2010 Land Rover Range Rover




Overview

The Land Rover Range Rover is a full-size 5-passenger sport utilityvehicle. Introduced in the United Kingdom by British automaker LandRover decades ago, the full-size Range Rover has established areputation for melding luxury and serious off-road capability in onevehicle.

History/Genealogy
The first-generation Land Rover Range Rover, released in 1970, wasdesigned for durability and ruggedness with a full-time 4-wheel-drivesystem (it had plastic dash materials and vinyl seats that could bewashed down with a hose). Only as that model matured (it was inproduction until 1995) did the automaker add carpet, air conditioning,and leather upholstery.
The second-generation Range Rover arrived in 1995. Like the previousmodel, it was a truck-like, body-on-frame platform with a choice of 6-or 8-cylinder engines (only the V-8 was sold in the United States).Significantly more upscale, the luxurious interior featured amenitiesand options normally reserved for premium sedans. The current,third-generation model debuted in 2002. While it is now eight yearsold, the Range Rover was heavily updated for 2010 with two newJaguar-sourced engines, a refreshed exterior, upgraded interior, andseveral new state-of-the art technologies.

Models and Powertrain
Land Rover offers two different models of the 2010 Range Rover: V8 HSEand V8 Supercharged.

The standard HSE model is fitted with a Jaguar-sourced,direct-injection, 5.0-liter V-8 engine (375 horsepower) that's mated toa 6-speed automatic transmission. The flagship Supercharged model isfitted with a supercharged version of the same V-8 powerplant rated at510 horsepower. It is mated to the same 6-speed automatic transmissionas its sibling. An electronically controlled, permanent all-wheel-drivesystem with "low" range is standard on both models. The EPA-rated fueleconomy for the 2010 Land Rover Range Rover ranges between 12 mpg inthe city and 18 mpg on the highway.

Safety and Crash Testing

NHTSA

Model: 4-Door

Front Driver - Not Tested
Front Passenger - Not Tested
Side Driver - Not Tested
Side Rear Passenger - Not Tested
Rollover 2WD - Not Tested
Rollover 4WD - Not Tested

IIHS

Frontal Offset - Not Tested
Side Impact - Not Tested
Roof Strength - Not Tested

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Sub Compact Car
Honda Fit
Scion xD
Toyota Yaris

Compact Car
Mini Cooper
Volkswagen Golf
Volkswagen Jetta

Compact Sporty Car*
Volkswagen GTI

Midsize Car
Ford Fusion
Buick LaCrosse
Volkswagen Passat

Midsize Sporty*
Chevrolet Camaro
Dodge Challenger

Large Car*
Ford Taurus
Nissan Maxima

Entry Premium Car
BMW 3 Series
BMW 1 Series
Acura TL (tie)
Audi A4/5 (tie)
Mercedes-Benz C-Class (tie)

Compact Premium Sporty Car*
Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe

Midsize Premium Car
BMW 5 Series
Mercedes-Benz E-Class
Jaguar XF

Large Premium Car
Mercedes-Benz S-Class
Porsche Panamera
Lexus LS 460

Compact Crossover/SUV
GMC Terrain
Volkswagen Tiguan
Chevrolet Equinox

Compact MPV
Nissan Cube
Chevrolet HHR
Kia Soul

Entry Premium Crossover/SUV*
Audi Q5
Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class

Midsize Crossover/SUV
Ford Flex
Honda Accord Crosstour
Buick Enclave

Large Crossover/SUV
Ford Expedition
Nissan Armada

Midsize Premium Crossover/SUV
Audi Q7
Porsche Cayenne
BMW X5

Large Premium Crossover/SUV
Land Rover Range Rover
Mercedes-Benz GL-Class
Land Rover Range Rover Sport

Large Pickup*
Chevrolet Avalanche
Ford F-150 LD

Midsize Pickup
Ford Explorer Sport Trac
Honda Ridgeline
Nissan Frontier

Minivan*
Volkswagen Routan
Honda Odyssey


*Other models in the top three of this segment perform below the segment average and are therefore not shown.

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