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2010 Initial Quality Study Results

By Jeff Youngs, December 31, 2009
J.D. Power and Associates, The Voice of the Customer

Introduction
Each year, tens of thousands of new-vehicle owners respond to J.D. Power and Associates surveys to provide feedback on quality during the first 90 days of new-vehicle ownership. Consumers are asked to rate both mechanical quality (i.e., defects and malfunctions) and design quality (how well a particular feature works or operates).

Study results are tabulated using a "problems per 100 vehicles (PP100)" metric, where a lower PP100 indicates higher initial quality. Awards are given to the top-performing model in each segment with the lowest PP100, as well as for the assembly plant that produces the vehicles with the fewest number of problems (plant awards are based on defects and malfunctions only and not design quality).

Initial Quality: Only Part of the Story
The J.D. Power and Associates Initial Quality StudySM(IQS) is widely considered the industry benchmark for new-vehicle quality measured at 90 days of ownership. It is one of five key automotive studies that J.D. Power and Associates publishes each year. Others include:

  • the Automotive Performance, Execution and Layout (APEAL) Study, which measures owner satisfaction with the performance and design of their new vehicles after the first 90 days of 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 service.
2010 Initial Quality Study Award RecipientsWhy is Initial Quality Important?
J.D. Power and Associates research shows that there is a strong link between customer satisfaction and loyalty-a satisfied customer typically becomes a repeat buyer, and is also more likely to recommend the model/brand to others. This is critical for manufacturers, as they often spend large amounts of resources in their ongoing efforts to capture and retain customers. Having a good initial quality story to tell helps their effort greatly.

For consumers, initial quality is an important consideration during the new-vehicle shopping and buying process. Initial quality has been shown over the years to be an excellent predictor of long-term durability, which can significantly impact consumer purchase decisions-not to mention out-of-pocket repair expenses down the road. Furthermore, consumers nowadays expect high levels of "out-of-the-box" quality, and even a single problem, no matter how small, can significantly affect a consumer's perception of a product or brand.

Profiles: 2010 IQS Award Recipients   Gallery: 2010 IQS Award Recipients
Ratings: Top Three Models by Segment   Gallery: 2010 IQS Award Recipients - Cars
Gallery: Top Three Models by Segment   Gallery: 2010 IQS Award Recipients - Trucks/SUVs

Initial Quality Over The Years
J.D. Power and Associates first published the Initial Quality Study in 1987. The study was designed as an industry quality benchmark to help vehicle manufacturers identify and correct specific problems with their new car and truck models. Over the years, however, the study-and the publicly reported results-have had a dramatic impact on improving new-vehicle quality. While the study continues to be widely used by automakers around the world today, the media and consumers pay close attention to the results as well.

From 1998 to 2006, new-vehicle quality improved at an average of 6% per year, going from 176 PP100 in 1998 to 109 PP100 in 2006. Clearly, manufacturers were listening to their customers. Since 2006, new-vehicle quality, while still continuing to improve, has leveled off a bit, improving at a 3% annual rate, on average, during the last four years.

Domestics Overtake Imports in Initial QualityFor 2010, the industry average for initial quality is 109 PP100-a mere one PP100 higher (lower PP100 equals higher initial quality) than in 2009. However, initial quality for domestic brands as a whole has improved by 4 PP100 in 2010 to an average of 108 PP100-slightly better than the initial quality of import brands, which averages 109 PP100 in 2010.

2010 Initial Quality Study Highest Rated Trucks and SUVs"Domestic automakers have made impressive strides in steadily improving upon initial quality, particularly since 2007," said David Sargent, vice president of automotive research at J.D. Power and Associates. "This may mark a key turning point for U.S. brands as they try to win the battle against negative perceptions of their quality. However, there is still a long road ahead, and domestic manufacturers need to prove that they can consistently produce higher quality vehicles than import brands. In addition, domestics need to focus their efforts on convincing consumers-particularly younger buyers-that the quality of domestic brands rivals, if not surpasses, that of imports."

Assembly Plant Awards
  • The Daimler assembly plant in East London, South Africa, receives the Platinum Plant Quality Award for producing vehicles yielding the fewest defects and malfunctions worldwide. Averaging 28 PP100, the plant produces the Mercedes-Benz C-Class.
  • Among North and South American plants, the Toyota Motor Company plant in Cambridge South, Ontario, which produces the Lexus RX 350, receives the Gold Plant Quality Award for North/South America.
  • In the Asia Pacific region, Toyota Motor Company's Kyushu 2, Japan plant, which produces the Lexus ES, IS and RX, receives the Gold Plant Quality Award for Asia Pacific.
Plant awards are based solely on defects and malfunctions and exclude design-related problems.

Profiles: 2010 IQS Award Recipients   Gallery: 2010 IQS Award Recipients
Ratings: Top Three Models by Segment   Gallery: 2010 IQS Award Recipients - Cars
Gallery: Top Three Models by Segment   Gallery: 2010 IQS Award Recipients - Trucks/SUVs

This year, consumers were asked to report problems experienced in eight categories:
  • Features/Controls/Displays
  • Exterior
  • Engine/Transmission
  • Interior
  • The Driving Experience
  • Audio/Entertainment/Navigation
  • HVAC (Climate controls)
  • Seats
Over the years, the most frequent types of problems that owners report will vary. In the 2010 Initial Quality Study, for instance, the top five, most-frequently-reported problems are:
  • Excessive wind noise
  • Climate controls are difficult to use/see, or are in a poor location
  • Hands-free communication system does not recognize user voice commands
  • Front audio/entertainment system controls are difficult to use or are in a poor location
  • Materials that scuff or soil easily
2010 Initial Quality Study Top 3 by SegmentPorsche is Highest-Ranked Nameplate
Following are highlights at the nameplate, or brand, level in the 2010 Initial Quality Study:
  • After ranking No. 2 overall among nameplates in the 2009 IQS, Porsche leads the nameplate ranking in 2010, averaging 83 PP100.
  • Acura, by way of a 25-PP100 improvement, moves up 12 rank positions from the 2009 study to rank No. 2 in this year's study.
  • Mercedes-Benz, improving from its No. 6 position in the 2009 study, climbs three rank positions to the No. 3 spot.
  • Lexus, the highest-ranking nameplate in the 2009 study, moves to the No. 4 position.
  • The Ford brand enters the top five in the nameplate rankings for the first time.
  • Rank positions 6 through 10 are held by Honda, Hyundai, Lincoln, Infiniti and Volvo, respectively.
  • Mini, which reduces its PP100 score by 32 from last year's study, posts the largest improvement this year.
  • Lincoln (23 fewer PP100) enjoyed large gains compared to last year, as well.

Profiles: 2010 IQS Award Recipients   Gallery: 2010 IQS Award Recipients
Ratings: Top Three Models by Segment   Gallery: 2010 IQS Award Recipients - Cars
Gallery: Top Three Models by Segment   Gallery: 2010 IQS Award Recipients - Trucks/SUVs

Many New or Newly Redesigned Models Offer High Initial Quality
Each year, a significant number of all-new or redesigned cars, trucks, SUVs, and crossovers hit the market. Historically, all-new models have typically launched with below-average levels of initial quality. However, in 2010 a number of new models launched with high initial quality.

  • Four of these models-the Honda Accord Crosstour, Ford Mustang, Lexus GX 460 and Ford Taurus-rank highest in their respective segments in their first year on the market.
  • Four others-the Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe and E-Class Sedan, Ford Fusion, and Porsche Panamera-rank among the top three in their respective segment.
"With manufacturers allocating significant budgets towards the design, engineering, production and marketing of all-new vehicle launches or major redesigns, hitting the initial quality mark out of the gate is clearly a key objective," said Sargent. "Getting initial quality right on launches may not only boost long-term profitability for automakers, but may also encourage new-vehicle buyers to consider all-new or redesigned models by inspiring renewed confidence in their quality. Having a strong image for quality and reliability is essential in today's market-both in the U.S. and around the globe."

2010 Initial Quality Study Highest Rated CarsOther all-new or redesigned models that debut with higher quality than their segment average include:
  • the Lincoln MKT, Nissan Cube, Porsche Panamera, Kia Soul, Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe, and the Volvo XC60.
Among the most improved models:
  • the Ford Explorer Sport Trac experiences a 68 PP100 improvement.
  • the Hyundai Tucson (53 PP100 improvement) and the Volvo XC70 (48 PP100 improvement) also make large gains.
Awards and Recognition
  • Ford and Lexus brands each garner three segment awards in the 2010 IQS.
  • Ford captures awards for the Focus, Mustang, and Taurus.
  • Lexus receives awards for the GS, GX and LS models. The Lexus LS has the fewest initial quality problems in the industry, with just 55 PP100.
  • Chevrolet, Honda and Toyota receive two model awards each.
  • Chevrolet models receiving awards are the Avalanche (in a tie) and the Tahoe.
  • Honda receives awards for the Accord and the Accord Crosstour.
  • Toyota receives awards for the FJ Cruiser and Sienna.
Also receiving segment awards are:
Acura RDX, Cadillac Escalade, GMC Sierra LD (in a tie), Hyundai Accent, Mazda MX-5 Miata, Mercedes-Benz C-Class, Nissan Frontier, Scion xB, and Volvo C70.

Profiles: 2010 IQS Award Recipients   Gallery: 2010 IQS Award Recipients
Ratings: Top Three Models by Segment   Gallery: 2010 IQS Award Recipients - Cars
Gallery: Top Three Models by Segment   Gallery: 2010 IQS Award Recipients - Trucks/SUVs

Following are highlights for each of the 21 highest-ranked models in the 2010 Initial Quality Study:
Click a model name to view the profile

Sub-Compact Car
2010 Hyundai Accent

  • Moves from No. 3 in segment in the 2007 and 2008 IQS, to No. 2 in 2009, and to highest-ranked in 2010.
  • Accent also ranked highest in its segment in the 2008 vehicle dependability study (VDS).
Compact Car
2010 Ford Focus
  • Moves from No. 11 in segment in the 2009 IQS to highest-ranked in 2010.
  • Among the top 18 industry models overall in initial quality.
Compact Crossover/SUV
2010 Toyota FJ Cruiser
  • Among the top 20 industry models overall in initial quality.
  • Ranked highest in its segment in the 2008 APEAL study.
Compact Multi Purpose Vehicle
2010 Scion xB
  • Moves from No. 8 in segment in the 2009 IQS to highest-ranked in 2010.
Compact Sporty Car
2010 Mazda MX-5 Miata
  • Ranked highest in its segment in the 2006, 2007 and 2008 IQS, and again in 2010.
  • Ranked highest in its segment in vehicle dependability in the 2008, 2009 and 2010 VDS.
Entry Premium Car
2010 Mercedes-Benz C-Class
  • Moves from No. 6 in segment in the 2009 IQS to highest-ranked in 2010.
  • Among the top 4 industry models overall in initial quality.
Entry Premium Crossover/SUV
2010 Acura RDX
  • Moves from No. 12 in segment in the 2009 IQS to highest-ranked in 2010.
Compact Premium Sporty Car
2010 Volvo C70
  • Among the top 6 industry models overall in initial quality.
Midsize Car
2010 Honda Accord
  • Moves from No. 9 in segment in the 2009 IQS to highest-ranked in 2010.
  • Among the top 12 industry models overall in initial quality.
Midsize Crossover/SUV
2010 Honda Accord Crosstour
  • Among the top 7 industry models overall in initial quality.
Midsize Pickup
2010 Nissan Frontier
  • Moves from No. 2 in segment in the 2009 IQS to highest-ranked in 2010.
Midsize Sporty
2010 Ford Mustang
  • No. 2 in segment in the 2006 IQS, and highest in segment in 2007.
  • Maintains 2009 highest-rank position in 2010. (Note: this segment did not have an award in 2008 as too few models qualified for a ranking).
  • Among the top 11 industry models overall in initial quality.
  • Ranked highest in its segment in the 2006 and 2007 APEAL study.
Minivan
2010 Toyota Sienna
  • Maintains 2009 highest-rank position in 2010.
Midsize Premium Car
2010 Lexus GS
  • Maintains 2009 highest-rank position in 2010.
  • Among the top 9 industry models overall in initial quality.
Midsize Premium Crossover/SUV
2010 Lexus GX 460
  • Moves from highest-ranked in segment in the 2006 IQS, to No. 3 in 2007, to No. 2 in 2008, and to highest-ranked in 2009.
  • Maintains 2009 highest-rank position in 2010.
  • Ranked highest in its segment (in a tie) in the 2006 APEAL study.
  • Ranked highest in segment in vehicle dependability in the 2008, 2009 and 2010 VDS.
Large Car
2010 Ford Taurus
  • Moves from No. 8 in segment in the 2009 IQS to highest-ranked in 2010.
Large Crossover/SUV
2010 Chevrolet Tahoe
  • Moves from No. 3 in segment in the 2006 IQS, to No. 2 in 2008 and 2009, and to highest-ranked in 2010.
Large Pickup (tie)
2010 Chevrolet Avalanche
  • Moves from No. 3 in segment in the 2008 and 2009 IQS to highest-ranked (in a tie) in 2010.
  • Among the top 16 industry models overall in initial quality.
  • Ranked highest in its segment in the 2008 APEAL study, and highest in its segment (in a tie) the 2009 APEAL study.
Large Pickup (tie)
2010 GMC Sierra 1500
  • Moves from No. 3 in segment in the 2007 IQS, to No. 4 in 2009, and to highest-ranked (in a tie) in 2010.
  • Among the top 16 industry models overall in initial quality.
  • Ranked highest in its segment in the 2007 APEAL study.
Large Premium Car
2010 Lexus LS 460
  • Maintains 2008 and 2009 IQS highest-rank position in 2010.
  • Has the lowest number of reported problems among all models in the 2010 IQS.
  • Ranked highest in its segment in vehicle dependability in the 2008 and 2009 VDS.
Large Premium Crossover/SUV
2010 Cadillac Escalade
  • Moves from No. 3 in 2008 IQS, to No. 2 in 2009, and to highest-ranked in 2010.
About the Study
The 2010 Initial Quality Study is based on responses from more than 82,000 purchasers and lessees of new 2010 model-year cars, trucks and sport utility vehicles surveyed after 90 days of ownership. The study is based on a 228-question battery designed to provide manufacturers with information to identify problems, to drive product improvement, and to improve initial quality for new-vehicle buyers. The study was fielded between February and May 2010.

Profiles: 2010 IQS Award Recipients   Gallery: 2010 IQS Award Recipients
Ratings: Top Three Models by Segment   Gallery: 2010 IQS Award Recipients - Cars
Gallery: Top Three Models by Segment   Gallery: 2010 IQS Award Recipients - Trucks/SUVs

2010 Hyundai Accent

2010 Hyundai Accent

Overview
The Hyundai Accent is a subcompact car that is sold as a 3-door hatchback and as a 4-door sedan. The Accent is Hyundai's entry-level model, with a base price under $10,000 and a focus on fuel economy-a 4-cylinder engine is the only available powerplant.

History/Genealogy
The Hyundai Accent replaced the Hyundai Excel for the 1995 model year. In its first year, it was offered as a 3-door hatchback or a 4-door sedan with a standard 1.5-liter 4-cylinder engine. The current third-generation model was introduced in a sedan body style for the 2006 model year; the 3-door hatchback debuted in 2007. An all-new model is expected to debut for 2011.

Model 3-Door 4-Door
     
Length 159.3 inches 98.4 inches
Width 66.7 inches 66.7 inches
Height 57.9 inches 57.9 inches
Weight 2,467 pounds 2,365 pounds
     
Passenger Volume 92.2 cubic feet 92.2 cubic feet
Cargo Volume 15.9 cubic feet 12.4 cubic feet

Features and Options
Hyundai offers the Accent 3-door in three different trim levels: Blue, GS, and SE. The base model Blue is designed with an entry-level price, so air conditioning and power windows are optional. The GS model adds standard air conditioning, tilt steering wheel, map lights, and a rear window wiper/washer. The SE model is the sportiest and includes a short-throw B&M shifter, power tilt-and-slide glass sunroof, 6-speaker 172-watt audio system, and a 6-way adjustable driver seat.

The Accent 4-door is sold only in GLS trim. It includes air conditioning, variable intermittent wipers, dual front cupholders, illuminated vanity mirrors, rear window defrosters, and 60/40-split folding rear seatbacks.

An optional Premium package adds anti-lock brakes (ABS) with electronic brake-force distribution (EBD), power windows, power outside mirrors, power door locks, remote keyless entry, alarm, cruise control, and steering wheel-mounted controls.

All models of the 2010 Hyundai Accent are front-wheel drive. The standard engine on both the 3-door and 4-door is a 1.6-liter 4-cylinder rated at 110 horsepower and 106 lb.-ft. of torque. The standard transmission is a 5-speed manual with a 4-speed automatic optional. Fuel economy for the Accent models ranges between 27 mpg in the city and 36 mpg on the highway.

Safety and Crash Testing
NHTSA Model 3-Door 4-Door
  Front Driver 5 stars 5 stars
  Front Passenger 5 stars 5 stars
  Side Driver 4 stars 4 stars
  Side Rear Passenger 4 stars 3 stars
  Rollover 2WD 4 stars 4 stars
  Rollover 4WD Not tested Not tested
       
IIHS ** TOP SAFETY PICK **    
  Frontal Offset Acceptable  
  Side Impact Poor  
  Roof Strength Acceptable  

Study Results
2010 IQS Highest ranked in segment
2010 VDS
-
2009 APEAL
-



To learn more visit:
2010 Hyundai Accent Model Page

Profiles: 2010 IQS Award Recipients   Gallery: 2010 IQS Award Recipients
Ratings: Top Three Models by Segment   Gallery: 2010 IQS Award Recipients - Cars
Gallery: Top Three Models by Segment   Gallery: 2010 IQS Award Recipients - Trucks/SUVs

2010 Ford Focus

2010 Ford Focus

Overview
The Ford Focus is a compact car that is currently sold as a 2-door coupe or as a 4-door sedan. The Focus is Ford's entry-level model, sitting beneath the Ford Fusion in the brand lineup. The 5-passenger Focus is designed to be fun-to-drive, yet still deliver impressive fuel economy with a standard 4-cylinder powerplant.

History/Genealogy
The Ford Focus was introduced as a 2000 model. In its first year, it was offered in 3-door hatchback, 4-door sedan, and 5-door wagon body styles with a standard 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine. The current second-generation model debuted in early 2007 as a 2008 model-year vehicle. The hatchback and wagon models had been dropped in favor of a coupe and sedan lineup that are both nearly identical in dimension-right down to passenger and cargo capacity. The Ford Focus is expected to be redesigned for the 2012 model year.

Dimensions and Interior Room

Model 2-Door and 4-Door
   
Length 175 inches
Width 67.9 inches
Height 58.7 inches
Weight 2,672 pounds
   
Passenger Volume 93.4 cubic feet
Cargo Volume 13.8 cubic feet

Features and Options
Ford sells the Focus sedan in four different trim levels: S, SE, SEL, and SES. The base S model features a tilt steering wheel, air conditioning, driver's message center, cloth seats, and more. The SE model adds 15-inch alloy wheels, an upgraded instrument cluster, power windows, and more. The SEL model is equipped with leather seating surfaces, Ford's Sync infotainment system, inside dimming mirror, cruise control, and more. The SES shares much of the SEL model's equipment, but is designed with a sportier appearance.

The Focus Coupe is offered in two different trim levels: SE and SES. The SE model is fitted with much of the same equipment as the SE sedan. The SES coupe is the sportiest Focus model. It includes standard 17-inch alloy wheels, a high-mounted rear spoiler, and a performance tuned suspension.Model-specific optional packages on the Ford Focus include a leather-wrapped steering wheel, auto-dimming rearview mirror, Sync infotainment system, power moonroof, and a premium AM/FM audio system.

All models of the 2010 Ford Focus are front-wheel drive. The standard engine on both the 2-door and 4-door is a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder rated at 140 horsepower and 136 lb.-ft. of torque (the engine is rated slightly lower in PZEV states). The standard transmission is a 5-speed manual with a 4-speed automatic optional. Fuel economy for the Focus ranges between 24 mpg in the city and 35 mpg on the highway.

Safety and Crash Testing
NHTSA Model 2-Door 4-Door
  Front Driver 5 stars 4 stars
  Front Passenger 5 stars 4 stars
  Side Driver 3 stars 5 stars
  Side Rear Passenger 3 stars 5 stars
  Rollover 2WD 4 stars 4 stars
  Rollover 4WD Not tested Not tested
       
IIHS ** TOP SAFETY PICK **    
  Frontal Offset Good Good
  Side Impact Good Acceptable
  Roof Strength Not tested Not tested

Study Results
2010 IQS Highest ranked in segment
2010 VDS
-
2009 APEAL
-



To learn more visit:
2010 Ford Focus Model Page

Profiles: 2010 IQS Award Recipients   Gallery: 2010 IQS Award Recipients
Ratings: Top Three Models by Segment   Gallery: 2010 IQS Award Recipients - Cars
Gallery: Top Three Models by Segment   Gallery: 2010 IQS Award Recipients - Trucks/SUVs

2010 Toyota FJ Cruiser

2010 Toyota FJ Cruiser

Overview
The Toyota FJ Cruiser is retro-styled sport utility vehicle designed with off-road ruggedness as one of its primary objectives. The FJ Cruiser is offered only as a 2-door, with two smaller access doors that open to improve loading and unloading. The rear features a single side-swinging door. All FJ models share a standard 6-cylinder engine and a choice between 2WD and 4WD.

History/Genealogy
The FJ Cruiser started as a concept vehicle at the 2003 Chicago Auto Show with styling reminiscent of the 1960s-era FJ40 Land Cruiser. Public response was strong, so Toyota moved forward with the program and introduced the first FJ Cruiser to showrooms for the 2007 model year. The FJ Cruiser is a traditional body-on-frame truck, sharing platforms with the Lexus GX and Land Cruiser Prado-a model sold in Asia, the Middle East, and Latin America.

Toyota has introduced several limited-edition FJ Cruiser models over the past several years, and made minor changes to the safety equipment, alarm, wiper systems, and sun visors. For the 2010 model year, the FJ Cruiser receives a slight bump in horsepower and fuel economy (the engine received VVT-I valve timing). In addition, suspension upgrades were made that reduced its turning radius.

Dimensions and Interior Room

Model 2-Door
   
Length 183.9 inches
Width 75.0 inches
Height 72.0 inches
Weight 4,343 pounds
   
Passenger Volume Not available
Cargo Volume 27.9 cubic feet

Features and Options
Toyota sells the FJ Cruiser in just one model configuration but with three different powertrain combinations. The standard model features a 5-speed automatic transmission and a 2WD driveline. The 4WD driveline is offered with a choice between a 5-speed automatic and a 6-speed manual transmission. All three share nearly identical standard features.

Standard features include manual air conditioning, cloth upholstery, tinted windows, rear defroster, rear 60/40-split bench seats, an 8-way driver seat, and more. Upgrade packages offer bundled wheel and tire combinations (with locking differential), upgraded off-road equipment, keyless entry, backup camera, leather-wrapped steering wheel, and upgraded audio systems. An aggressive TRD package includes special 16-inch wheels, off-road tires, unique Bilstein shock absorbers and an Iceberg white exterior. A TT, or Trail Teams, package includes Active Traction Control, TRD-style wheels, Bilstein shock absorbers, and rock rails. The TT package is distinguished by its Sandstorm exterior color.

The 2010 Toyota FJ Cruiser is offered with 2WD or 4WD powertrains. The sole engine offering is a 4.0-liter 6-cylinder rated at 260 horsepower and 271 lb.-ft. of torque. A 6-speed manual transmission is standard on the 4WD model, while the 2WD is also offered with a 5-speed automatic. Fuel economy for the FJ Cruiser ranges between 15 mpg in the city and 22 mpg on the highway.

Safety and Crash Testing
NHTSA Model 2-Door
  Front Driver 5 stars
  Front Passenger 4 stars
  Side Driver 5 stars
  Side Rear Passenger 5 stars
  Rollover 2WD 3 stars
  Rollover 4WD 3 stars
     
IIHS ** TOP SAFETY PICK **  
  Frontal Offset Good
  Side Impact Good
  Roof Strength Not tested

Study Results
2010 IQS Highest ranked in segment
2010 VDS
-
2009 APEAL
-



To learn more visit:
2010 Toyota FJ Cruiser Model Page

Profiles: 2010 IQS Award Recipients   Gallery: 2010 IQS Award Recipients
Ratings: Top Three Models by Segment   Gallery: 2010 IQS Award Recipients - Cars
Gallery: Top Three Models by Segment   Gallery: 2010 IQS Award Recipients - Trucks/SUVs

2010 Scion xB

2010 Scion xB

Overview
The Scion xB is an upright, 5-door compact station wagon designed for utility, fuel economy, and versatility. Although the xB is offered only in one body style with one standard engine, this shouldn't be considered a deterrent. Scion dealers offer countless ways for owners to customize their vehicles to their exact liking-this is all part of the buying process. All xB models feature front-wheel drive and a 4-cylinder engine.

History/Genealogy
The Scion xB was introduced in 2004, the same year that the Scion brand-a division of Toyota-was launched. The first-generation model was very boxy, almost looking like a miniature van. The second-generation xB, redesigned for 2008 and sharing platforms with the Toyota Yaris, is a bit softer in the corners and larger than its predecessor, but is still instantly recognizable as a brand sibling (Scion models are designed and marketed for a younger audience, so their styling is more aggressive than traditional Toyota models).

Scion introduced a new Limited Edition xB Release Series 7.0 model for 2010. It includes a 4-piece DAMD body kit, exclusive purple paint, sport muffler, lowered suspension, and unique interior appointments. The infotainment system has also been upgraded across all models.

Dimensions and Interior Room

Model 4-Door
Length 167.3 inches
Width 69.3 inches
Height 63.4 inches
Weight 3,020 pounds
Passenger Volume 100.8 cubic feet
Cargo Volume 21.7 cubic feet

Features and Options
The Scion xB is sold in one trim level. All models are fitted with standard air conditioning, 60/40-split folding seats, cruise control, power windows, power door locks, privacy glass, tilt steering wheel, keyless entry, cruise control, sport bucket seats (with cloth upholstery), and more.Scion encourages personalization and customization. Therefore, a long list of factory and dealer-installed accessories are available. Audio upgrades include a subwoofer for the audio system, Sirius satellite radio, or XM satellite radio (a Scion navigation system is optional). Interior options include special lighting kits, storage consoles, shift knobs, and sport pedals. To customize the exterior, an assortment of alloy wheels, carbon fiber trim packages, fog lamps, and lighting upgrades are available.

For those seeking performance upgrades, Toyota's TRD department offers a full complement of wheels, exhaust systems, clutch kits, suspension packages, air intakes, and more.

The 2010 Scion xB is offered with a 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine rated at 158 horsepower and 162 lb.-ft. of torque. A 5-speed manual transmission is standard, with a 4-speed automatic optional. Fuel economy for the Scion xB is 22 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway with either transmission.

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 ** TOP SAFETY PICK **
Frontal Offset Good
Side Impact Good
Roof Strength Good

Study Results
2010 IQS Highest ranked in segment
2010 VDS
-
2009 APEAL
-



To learn more visit:
2010 Scion xB Model Page

Profiles: 2010 IQS Award Recipients Gallery: 2010 IQS Award Recipients
Ratings: Top Three Models by Segment Gallery: 2010 IQS Award Recipients - Cars
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2010 Mazda MX-5 Miata

2010 Mazda MX-5 Miata

Overview
The Mazda MX-5 Miata is a compact 2-seat convertible designed to be lightweight, nimble, and fun to drive. Unique among Mazda models, the MX-5 features a front-engine, rear-wheel-drive configuration with an independent suspension on all four corners. A manual transmission is standard, with an automatic optional. All MX-5 Miata models share the identical 4-cylinder engine.

History/Genealogy
The Mazda MX-5 Miata was first introduced in 1989. A modern reincarnation of a classic British roadster, the Miata offered a manually-operated soft top that could be opened in seconds. Although the 1.6-liter 4-cylinder engine under the hood didn't offer massive power, a lightweight body combined with sport-tuned suspension and a willing chassis made it popular among driving enthusiasts.

Now in its third generation, and last redesigned for 2006, the Miata has added both weight and amenities (including an available folding hardtop convertible roof), but improvements over the years have secured its popularity within its segment. Mazda introduced a facelifted and revised model for 2009 that arrived in U.S. showrooms mid-year.For 2010, Mazda rolled out special anniversary models to commemorate two decades of sales in North America.

Dimensions and Interior Room

Model 2-Door
   
Length 157.3 inches
Width 67.7 inches
Height 49.0 inches
Weight 2,511 pounds
   
Passenger Volume 46.0 cubic feet
Cargo Volume 5.3 cubic feet

Features and Options
The 2010 Mazda MX-5 Miata is sold in five different trim levels: Sport-Soft Top, Touring-Soft Top, Touring-Power Top, Grand Touring-Power Top, and Grand Touring-Soft Top. The MX-5 Miata is offered with a manual vinyl convertible top, manual cloth convertible top, or a power-retractable folding metal hardtop. The manual vinyl (only black) and cloth (black or beige) convertible tops can be lowered or raised from the driver's seat, without getting out of the car. The power retractable hardtop lowers or rises in 12 seconds, according to Mazda, is painted body color, and is available on Touring and Grand Touring models.

The standard Sport model features cloth upholstery, air conditioning, power windows, leather-wrapped steering wheel, 16-inch alloy wheels, a black vinyl convertible top, and more. The Touring model adds an under-hood shock tower brace, 17-inch alloy wheels, power door locks, remote entry, auto-dimming mirror, and more. The Grand Touring model builds on those options with the addition of automatic climate control, leather-trimmed seats, heated seats, an upgraded Bose audio system, and more.

The 2010 Mazda MX-5 Miata is offered with a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine rated at 167 horsepower and 140 lb.-ft. of torque. A 5-speed or 6-speed manual transmission is standard (depending on model), with a 6-speed automatic optional. Fuel economy for the Mazda MX-5 Miata ranges between 21 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway.

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 ** TOP SAFETY PICK **  
  Frontal Offset Not tested
  Side Impact Not tested
  Roof Strength Not tested

Study Results
2010 IQS Highest ranked in segment
2010 VDS
Highest ranked, Compact Sporty Car segment
2009 APEAL
-



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2010 Mercedes-Benz C-Class

2010 Mercedes-Benz C-Class

Overview
The Mercedes-Benz C-Class is a compact premium sedan. While the C-Class is considered the entry-level model in the Mercedes lineup, slotted below the E-Class, the 5-passenger sedan is well appointed. In a unique move, the C-Class is offered in two very distinct trim packages: Sport or Luxury. The packages define the exterior facades and the standard equipment. The C-Class models are offered with 6-cylinder and 8-cylinder powerplants.

History/Genealogy
The Mercedes-Benz C-Class was first introduced in 1993 as a replacement to the discontinued 190 range. The smallest sedan in the lineup, the C-Class was designed to compete directly against its European rivals, the BMW 3 Series and Audi A4 Series.

The C-Class has been offered in many different configurations over nearly two decades. These have included 4-cylinder, 6-cylinder, and high-performance 8-cylinder models. Body styles have ranged from 3-door hatchbacks and 4-door sedans, to 5-door station wagons. The current-generation C-Class debuted in 2008. While the European market is offered the new C-Class in various body styles as well as the option of diesel engines, all North American models are 4-door gas-powered sedans. Mercedes made only minor option changes for 2010.

An all-new C-Class Coupe and C-Class Cabriolet are reportedly in the works for 2011.

Dimensions and Interior Room

Model 4-Door
   
Length 182.3 inches
Width 69.7 inches
Height 56.9 inches
Weight 3,560 pounds
   
Passenger Volume 88.0 cubic feet
Cargo Volume 12 cubic feet

Features and Options
The 2010 Mercedes-Benz C-Class is offered in four different models: C300 Sport Sedan, C300 Luxury Sedan, C350 Sport Sedan, and C63 AMG. In addition to their option packages, the Sport and Luxury models are differentiated by physical attributes.

Sport models feature a large "three-pointed-star" (the Mercedes logo) grille, a deep front air dam, a small lip spoiler, staggered-width rear wheels, and more. Luxury models feature a more traditional front end with a hood emblem, chrome accents, a smaller grille opening, and more. In addition to its much more powerful engine, the C63 is identified by its lower stance, aggressive bodywork, unique exhaust, wide wheels, and more. The interior of the C63 also features a sport dash treatment, sport seats, and unique appointments.

Standard features on all C-Class models include automatic climate control, air conditioning, keyless entry, power locks, heated mirrors, and more. Premium package options include seat memory, 4-way power lumbar, rain-sensing wipers, auto-dimming mirrors, split-folding seats, bi-xenon headlamps, COMAND system, navigation, and more.

The 2010 Mercedes-Benz C-Class is offered with a 3.0-liter 6-cylinder engine rated at 228 horsepower and 211 lb.-ft. of torque (C300); a 3.5-liter 6-cylinder rated at 268 horsepower and 258 lb.-ft. of torque (C350); or a 6.2-liter 8-cylinder rated at 457 horsepower and 443 lb.-ft. of torque (C63 AMG). Rear- or all-wheel drive is offered on the C300 models. The C350 and C63 are only available with rear-wheel drive. A 6-speed manual transmission is available on the C300 Sport Sedan, but all other models are fitted with a 7-speed automatic. Fuel economy for the Mercedes-Benz C-Class ranges between 12 mpg in the city and 26 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 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
2010 VDS
-
2009 APEAL
-



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2010 Acura RDX

2010 Acura RDX

Overview
The 2010 Acura RDX is a compact crossover sport utility vehicle designed to offer a sporty ride, utility, and all-weather capabilities. Smaller sibling to the Acura MDX, the 5-passenger RDX is the automaker's entry-level SUV. To improve fuel economy, it is offered only with a unique turbocharged 4-cylinder engine and a choice of front- or all-wheel drive.

History/Genealogy
The Acura RDX started out as a concept car in the early 2000's (it was shown as the RD-X). By the time it hit showrooms in 2007, Acura's newest compact crossover featured the automaker's first turbocharged 4-cylinder engine and standard all-wheel drive. Sportier than the larger MDX, the RDX is built on a smaller platform (shared with the Honda Civic and CR-V) with an emphasis on ride and handling. The Acura RDX is in its first generation.

The news for the Acura RDX in 2010 is the new availability of a front-wheel-drive model. In addition, the RDX received a facelift-the corporate "grille" currently worn by the TL and MDX found its way to the RDX. Furthermore, Acura made other minor tweaks to the rear fascia, the interior, and the technology package. A new 6-speed automatic transmission is likely for 2011.

Dimensions and Interior Room

Model 4-Door
   
Length 180.7 inches
Width 73.6 inches
Height 65.1 inches
Weight 3,743 pounds
   
Passenger Volume 101.4 cubic feet
Cargo Volume 60.6 cubic feet

Features and Options
Acura offers the 2010 RDX in four different trim levels: RDX, RDX SH-AWD, RDX with Technology package, and RDX SH-AWD with Technology package. The standard RDX features front-wheel drive, air conditioning with automatic climate control, driver's 10-way power seat with memory, rearview mirror with rearview camera display, perforated leather seating surfaces, Bluetooth hands-free phone connectivity, a 350-watt 7-speaker audio system, and more.

The RDX SH-AWD adds Acura's "Super Handling All-wheel Drive" system. The RDX with Technology package is front-wheel drive (like the standard RDX), but it adds navigation, real-time traffic and weather, rearview camera, surround sound audio, GPS-linked solar-sensing temperature control, and more. The RDX SH-AWD with Technology package upgrades the technology package with Acura's "Super Handling All-wheel Drive" system.

The 2010 Acura RDX is offered in front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive. The standard engine on all models is a turbocharged 2.3-liter 4-cylinder rated at 230 horsepower and 260 lb.-ft. of torque. The standard transmission is a 5-speed automatic with sport shifter. Fuel economy for the RDX models ranges between 19 mpg in the city and 24 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 Not tested
  Rollover 4WD 4 stars
     
IIHS ** TOP SAFETY PICK **  
  Frontal Offset Good
  Side Impact Good
  Roof Strength Not Tested

Study Results
2010 IQS Highest ranked in segment
2010 VDS
-
2009 APEAL
-



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2010 Volvo C70

2010 Volvo C70

Overview
The Volvo C70 is a 2-door convertible with a retractable power-operated hardtop. Like other Volvo models, the C70 is designed to offer European luxury, with an emphasis on safety, at a lower price point than its German competitors. All C70 models are fitted with a turbocharged 5-cylinder engine, an automatic transmission, and front-wheel drive.

History/Genealogy
The Volvo C70 first debuted in 1997. At the time, the first-generation model was offered as a 2-door coupe (with a steel roof) or as a drop-top convertible (with a power-operated cloth roof). Based on the outgoing 850 platform, the convertible was fitted with a unique 5-cylinder engine (designed to deliver the power of a 6-cylinder, with the efficiency of a 4-cylinder). Subsequent models were turbocharged.

There was no 2005 model in the United States as an all-new second-generation model was just around the corner. The second-generation C70 debuted in 2006. Unlike its predecessor, the new C70 introduced a 3-piece hardtop. Quieter, and with improved outward visibility thanks to enlarged glass windows, the second-generation C70 delivered a closed coupe experience that was similar to its open-top persona.

The Volvo C70 received a facelift for 2010 that included swept-back headlights, a larger grille emblem, new rear lamps (with LED illumination), a reshaped bumper, and more pronounced badging on the rear decklid.

Dimensions and Interior Room

Model 2-Door
   
Length 180.4 inches
Width 72.3 inches
Height 55.1 inches
Weight 3,627 pounds
   
Passenger Volume 83 cubic feet
Cargo Volume 12.8 cubic feet

Features and Options
The 2010 Volvo C70 is only available in T5 trim; in Volvo nomenclature this designation is reserved for a turbocharged 5-cylinder engine with a high level of standard equipment. Standard on all models is a power-operated, 3-piece retractable hardtop convertible roof (it can be raised or lowered in about 30 seconds, Volvo says). In raised position, the top features a large rear heated glass window offering good outward visibility.

In base trim, the C70 features a full complement of convenience accessories, including power windows, power door locks, cruise control, and dual-zone electronic climate control. The power exterior mirrors are heated, and the interior mirror is auto dimming.

Volvo offers four different options packages on the C70. The Climate package includes a humidity sensor, rain sensor, interior air quality sensor, headlight washers, and heated front seats. The Convenience package adds rear park assist, keyless drive, automatic dimming rearview mirror, and HomeLink garage door opener. The Dynamic package includes a 3-spoke steering wheel, 18-inch alloy wheels, and Xenon headlamps. The Multimedia package includes the premium sound system, subwoofer, and navigation system with real-time traffic. Stand-alone options include a wind blocker, blind-spot information system (BLIS), power-retractable door mirrors, a trunk spoiler, and more.

The 2010 Volvo C70 is offered with a standard front-wheel-drive powertrain. The sole engine offering is a 2.5-liter 5-cylinder rated at 227 horsepower and 236 lb.-ft. of torque. A 6-speed manual transmission is standard with a 5-speed electronically controlled automatic transmission optional. Fuel economy for the Volvo C70 ranges between 19 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway.

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 ** TOP SAFETY PICK **  
  Frontal Offset Good
  Side Impact Good
  Roof Strength Not Tested

Study Results
2010 IQS Highest ranked in segment
2010 VDS
-
2009 APEAL
-



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2010 Honda Accord

2010 Honda Accord

Overview
The Honda Accord is a full-size 4-door sedan or midsize 2-door coupe. Designed with families in mind, the Accord Sedan offers much interior room and a long list of standard amenities. The Accord Coupe is slightly sportier than the sedan, yet only a bit smaller. Both models are offered with 4-cylinder and 6-cylinder engines, front-wheel drive, and a choice of automatic or manual transmissions.

History/Genealogy
The Honda Accord was first introduced in 1976. The diminutive 3-door hatchback was small (it rode on a wheelbase smaller than today's Honda Fit), but American consumers grew to like its fuel-efficient powerplant. A sedan body style joined the coupe in 1979 (a wagon was soon to follow). With the opening of a domestic assembly facility in 1982, the Honda Accord became the first Japanese-branded model to be manufactured in the United States.

In 1998, the Accord sedan graduated from the compact car class to the midsize segment. In 2008, after 32 years on the market, the all-new eight-generation Accord made its debut. The biggest variant yet (it's classified as a Large Car by the EPA in sedan form), the 2010 Honda Accord offers more interior space, more horsepower, and more standard features than before.

Dimensions and Interior Room

Model 2-Door 4-Door
     
Length 190.9 inches 194.1 inches
Width 72.8 inches 72.7 inches
Height 56.4 inches 58.1 inches
Weight 3,229 pounds 3,362 pounds
     
Passenger Volume 92.1 cubic feet 101.0 cubic feet
Cargo Volume 11.9 cubic feet 14.0 cubic feet

Features and Options
Honda offers the Accord Sedan in six different trim levels (LX, LX-P, EX, EX-L, EX V-6, and EX-L V6), and the Accord Coupe in four different trim levels (LX-S, EX, EX-L, EX-L V-6).Standard LX models feature power windows, power door locks, air conditioning, cloth upholstery, and more. The EX models add a power-operated moonroof, heated outside mirrors, dual-zone climate control, premium interior accents, optional leather upholstery (the "-L" designation in the nomenclature), optional navigation system, and more. The range-topping V-6 models include the more powerful engine and are equipped with hood struts, fog lamps, and more.

All 2010 Honda Accord models are front-wheel drive. The standard engine on the LX 4-door sedan is a 2.4-liter 4-cylinder rated at 177 horsepower and 161 lb.-ft. of torque. The EX sedan/LX Coupe models feature a 2.4-liter 4-cylinder rated at 190 horsepower and 162 lb.-ft. of torque. The V-6 sedan/V-6 Coupe models are fitted with a 3.5-liter 6-cylinder rated at 271 horsepower and 254 lb.-ft. of torque.

A 5-speed manual transmission is standard on the LX and EX sedan and coupe models (a 5-speed automatic is optional). The 5-speed automatic is standard on the V-6 trim level (the coupe is offered with a 6-speed manual and the V-6 engine). All models are front-wheel drive. Fuel economy for the Honda Accord models ranges between 21 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway, depending on engine and transmission combination.

Safety and Crash Testing
NHTSA Model 2-Door 4-Door
  Front Driver 5 stars 5 stars
  Front Passenger 5 stars 5 stars
  Side Driver 4 stars 5 stars
  Side Rear Passenger 5 stars 3 stars
  Rollover 2WD 5 stars 5 stars
  Rollover 4WD Not Applicable Not Applicable
       
IIHS ** TOP SAFETY PICK **    
  Frontal Offset Good  
  Side Impact Good  
  Roof Strength Acceptable  

Study Results
2010 IQS Highest ranked in segment
2010 VDS
Top 3, Midsize Car segment
2009 APEAL
Top 3, Midsize Car segment



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2010 Honda Accord Crosstour

2010 Honda Accord Crosstour

Overview
The Honda Accord Crosstour is a midsize crossover wagon designed to offer a luxurious middle ground between the Accord sedan and the Honda Odyssey minivan. The current flagship of the Honda lineup, the 5-passenger Accord Crosstour is offered with front- or all-wheel drive and a standard 6-cylinder engine mated to an automatic transmission.

History/Genealogy
The Honda Accord Crosstour is an all-new entry for 2010. Designed to compete against the Toyota Venza, the styling of the Crosstour is reminiscent of the all-new Acura ZDX. (However, despite their visual appearance, the two are not mechanically related.) The Accord Crosstour is built on a modified Honda Accord platform, as its name implies. While the Accord Sedan is not offered with all-wheel drive, the Accord Crosstour is. This meant the engineers had to modify the rear suspension to accommodate the all-wheel-drive system borrowed from the Honda CR-V.

In terms of size, the Crosstour is a couple inches larger than the Accord Sedan, a couple inches wider, 7 inches taller, and about 500 pounds heavier. While passenger volume between the two is nearly identical, the Crosstour offers more cargo capacity and light towing abilities.

Dimensions and Interior Room

Model 4-Door
   
Length 194.1 inches
Width 74.7 inches
Height 65.6 inches
Weight 3,852 pounds
   
Passenger Volume 101.4 cubic feet
Cargo Volume 25.7 cubic feet

Features and Options
Honda offers the Accord Crosstour in two different trim levels: EX and EX-L.

In Honda-speak, the EX trim level signifies a long list of standard equipment. Standard features include power windows, power moonroof, power door locks, air conditioning with automatic dual-zone climate control, cloth upholstery, driver's seat with 10-way power adjustment, and more.

The EX-L models add leather upholstery, leather-wrapped steering wheel, heated front seats, Bluetooth phone connectivity, memory seats, HomeLink, and more. The EX-L models are also offered with the all-wheel-drive option, and the availability of a GPS-based navigation system (those are not offered on standard EX models).

The 2010 Honda Accord Crosstour Crosstour is offered with both front- and all-wheel drive. The standard engine on all models is a 3.5-liter 6-cylinder, rated at 271 horsepower and 254 lb.-ft. of torque, mated to a standard 5-speed automatic transmission. Fuel economy for the Honda Accord Crosstour models ranges between 18 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway.

Safety and Crash TestingNHTSA 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 starsIIHS Frontal Offset Good Side Impact Good Roof Strength Marginal Study Results2010 IQS Highest ranked in segment2010 VDS -2009 APEAL -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 Marginal

Study Results
2010 IQS Highest ranked in segment
2010 VDS
-
2009 APEAL
-



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2010 Nissan Frontier

2010 Nissan Frontier

Overview
The Nissan Frontier is a compact pickup truck. Smaller sibling to the Nissan Titan, the Frontier is offered in King Cab and Crew Cab body styles, with a choice of short or long bed. Engine choices are 4-cylinder or 6-cylinder powerplants mated to manual or automatic transmissions with 4x2 or 4x4 drivelines.

History/Genealogy
The Nissan Frontier was first introduced in 1998 as a replacement for Nissan's "Hardbody" pick-up that had been around since the mid-1980s. The first-generation Frontier was innovative as it was the first compact truck to offer a 4-door body style (Crew Cab) in North America.

That first-generation model was replaced by a new, second-generation version in 2005. The all-new Frontier, now with a 261-horsepower V-6 engine, was built on the same F-Alpha platform shared with Nissan's full-size Titan. Thanks to that relationship, it shared a significant number of features with its larger sibling including its rugged suspension design, innovative spray-in bedliner, and a fully boxed all-steel frame.

Nissan has offered several different models of the Frontier over the past five years, including the NISMO package (that has since been re-named the PRO-4X model). Other than the news that the Nissan Frontier topped the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety compact pickup crash tests early in the year, 2010 has been rather uneventful-and without change-for the compact pickup.

Dimensions and Interior Room

Model 2-Door
   
Length 205.5 inches
Width 72.8 inches
Height 68.7 inches
Weight 4,149 pounds
   
Passenger Volume 87.7 cubic feet
Cargo Volume not applicable

Features and Options
Like nearly all pickup trucks, the 2010 Nissan Frontier is available in countless configurations. The King Cab model is sold in XE, SE 4-cylinder, SE V6, PRO-4X, and LE trim levels, while the Crew Cab is offered in SE V6, PRO-4X, and LE trim levels. In addition, an optional Long Bed model adds 13 more inches of cargo capacity. Both King and Crew Cabs offer the choice of 4x2 or 4x4 driveline configurations with 6-cylinder power.

Standard features on all models include cloth front bucket seats, halogen headlamps, and 4-wheel disc brakes with anti-lock control (ABS). The King Cab XE model is considered the base model. It is the only model with standard 15-inch steel wheels and is offered without air conditioning (it is sold as part of a package). The SE model adds features such as air conditioning, variable wipers, tilt steering wheel, 16-inch steel wheels, chrome bumpers, and rear privacy glass.

The upscale PRO-4X and LE trim levels offer such amenities as 16-inch and 18-inch aluminum alloy wheels, dual power exterior mirrors, remote keyless entry, and cruise control. The PRO-4X and LE models are also equipped with a factory-applied spray-on bedliner and Nissan's Utili-track Bed Channel System with four tie-down cleats.

The 2010 Nissan Frontier is offered with 4x2 and 4x4 drivetrains. The standard engine (XE and SE 4-cylinder models) is a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder rated at 152 horsepower and 171 lb.-ft. of torque. It is mated to a 5-speed manual or an optional 5-speed automatic transmission. The other models are fitted with a 4.0-liter 6-cylinder engine rated at 261 horsepower and 281 lb.-ft. of torque. A 6-speed manual transmission is standard on the SE V6 model (an automatic transmission is optional), and a 5-speed automatic is standard on the other 6-cylinder models. Fuel economy for the Nissan Frontier ranges between 14 mpg in the city and 23 mpg on the highway, depending on engine and driveline.

Safety and Crash Testing
NHTSA Model 2-Door
  Front Driver 4 stars
  Front Passenger 4 stars
  Side Driver 5 stars
  Side Rear Passenger 5 stars
  Rollover 2WD 3 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
2010 VDS
-
2009 APEAL
-



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2010 Ford Mustang

2010 Ford Mustang

Overview
The Ford Mustang is a traditional midsize American Muscle Car in the truest sense. Sold as a 2-door coupe or convertible, the Mustang offers a rear-wheel-drive platform and a choice of 6- or 8-cylinder engines.

History/Genealogy
The first Ford Mustang arrived in 1964. Interestingly enough, it was originally conceived to have just two seats, but the Ford Thunderbird's low sales convinced the designers that a 4-passenger car would have broader appeal, so a larger car was developed and produced for nearly a decade. The "classic" Mustang reigned until 1973, when a new model (Mustang II) debuted. The second-generation model was smaller-this time based on the Ford Pinto-and its performance waned thanks in part to the energy crisis of the era. Gas crises over, it wasn't until the mid-1980s that the "Mustang 5.0" earned back its Muscle Car designation. The fifth-generation Ford Mustang debuted in 2005. Built on an all-new unibody platform, the Mustang was retro-styled much like the famed early models from the 1960s.

Ford again updated the Mustang for 2010. Although the platform remained the same, nearly all of the exterior panels were revised. An all-new, modern, direct-injected V-6 engine, and updated V-8 powerplants, debuted for the 2011 model year. Each of the engines promises more power and improved fuel economy.
vDimensions and Interior Room

Model Coupe Convertible
     
Length 188.1 inches 188.1 inches
Width 73.9 inches 73.9 inches
Height 55.8 inches 55.8 inches
Weight 3,401 pounds 3,401 pounds
     
Passenger Volume 83.3 cubic feet 81.0 cubic feet
Cargo Volume 13.4 cubic feet 9.6 cubic feet

Features and Options
The Ford Mustang offers countless configurations, as it's sold in 10 different models: V6, V6 Premium, V6 Convertible, GT, V6 Premium Convertible, GT Premium, GT Convertible, GT Premium Convertible, Shelby GT500, and Shelby GT500 Convertible.

Standard V6 models are fitted with cloth upholstery, power accessories, remote keyless entry, 17-inch aluminum wheels, and more. Premium models add leather upholstery, upgraded interior lighting, chrome accents in the cabin, an upgraded audio system, and more. GT Models receive the larger 8-cylinder engine, and a host of other improvements including 18-inch alloy wheels. The Shelby GT500 variants-the flagship models of the Mustang lineup-are fitted with a supercharged 8-cylinder engine and standard 19-inch alloy wheels. Convertible models feature a power-operated soft convertible top with a heated rear window.

All models of the 2010 Ford Mustang are rear-wheel drive. The standard engine on V6 models is a 3.7-liter 6-cylinder rated at 305 horsepower and 280 lb.-ft. of torque. The standard engine on the GT models is a 5.0-liter V-8 rated at 412 horsepower and 390 lb.-ft. of torque. The Shelby variants are fitted with 5.4-liter supercharged V-8 engines rated at 550 horsepower and 510 lb.-ft. of torque. Fuel economy for the Mustang ranges between 15 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway.

Safety and Crash Testing
NHTSA Model Coupe Convertible
  Front Driver 5 stars 5 stars
  Front Passenger 5 stars 5 stars
  Side Driver 5 stars 5 stars
  Side Rear Passenger 5 stars* 4 stars*
  Rollover 2WD 5 stars 5 stars
  Rollover 4WD Not tested Not tested
       
IIHS ** TOP SAFETY PICK **    
  Frontal Offset Good Good
  Side Impact Good Acceptable
  Roof Strength Not Tested Not Tested

Study Results
2010 IQS Highest ranked in segment
2010 VDS
Top 3, Midsize Sporty Car segment
2009 APEAL
-



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2010 Toyota Sienna

2010 Toyota Sienna

Overview
The Toyota Sienna is a family-oriented minivan with optional seating for up to 8 passengers. The Sienna offers dual sliding doors, standard 6-cylinder power, and front-wheel drive. All-wheel drive, unique in this segment, is optional.

History/Genealogy
Toyota introduced its first minivan in 1984. Bucking conventional wisdom, Toyota mounted the engine in the middle of the chassis (under the driver's seat). Although this design improved handling, it led to unconventional styling and-with only a 4-cylinder engine-the minivan was somewhat underpowered. The second-generation Toyota Previa arrived in 1990. It continued with the mid-engine configuration, but added an all-wheel-drive (AWD) powertrain and a supercharger to boost power (a 6-cylinder engine simply would not fit in the existing engine compartment).In 1998, Toyota switched to a conventional front-engine, front-wheel-drive platform with the introduction of the Sienna minivan. Sharing platforms with the Camry sedan (but still a bit smaller than the competition's offerings), the new model offered a 6-cylinder engine for the first time. This model was followed by the second-generation Sienna in 2004. Again sharing the Toyota Camry platform, the new Sienna was now "full size" with 8-passenger capacity, giving it the ability to compete directly with the offerings from Honda, GM, and Chrysler. In addition to standard V-6 power and available AWD, the Sienna could be optioned with a flat-folding third row, retractable side windows, and voice-activated navigation.

The 2010 Sienna is offered in many trim levels, with up-to-8-passenger seating. Toyota made no significant changes to the 2010 Sienna, as an all-new third-generation model has been introduced for 2011.

Dimensions and Interior Room

Model 2-Door
   
Length 201.0 inches
Width 77.4 inches
Height 68.9 inches
Weight 4,398 pounds
   
Passenger Volume 149 cubic feet
Cargo Volume 43.6 cubic feet

Features and Options
The 2010 Toyota Sienna is offered in four different trim levels: CE, LE, XLE, and Limited. The standard driveline is front-wheel drive, but all-wheel drive is available on the LE, XLE, and Limited models.

All models feature 7-person seating capacity as standard (8-passenger seating is optional) and cloth upholstery. Standard convenience features include power windows, power locks, air conditioning, tilt and telescope steering wheel, rear air conditioning, cargo light, rear reading lights, power steering, and more. The LE model adds a roof rack, power-opening rear quarter windows, lumber support for the driver seat, one-touch power windows, heated mirrors, increased storage, and more.

The XLE models build upon the LE trim and add premium cloth upholstery, simulated wood trim, height-adjustable driver seat, a remote anti-theft alarm, and more. The Limited model-the flagship of the Sienna lineup-features 17-inch alloy wheels, leather upholstery, power driver and passenger seat, auto-dimming mirrors, a premium JBL audio system, and more. Major options include power sliding doors, a powered rear hatch, towing package, upgraded audio systems, and more.

The 2010 Toyota Sienna is offered with front- or all-wheel-drive powertrains. The sole engine offering is a 3.5-liter 6-cylinder rated at 266 horsepower and 245 lb.-ft. of torque. The sole transmission is a 5-speed, electronically controlled automatic. Fuel economy for the 2010 Toyota Sienna ranges between 16 mpg in the city and 23 mpg on the highway.

Safety and Crash Testing
NHTSA Model Van
  Front Driver 4 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 Not Tested

Study Results
2010 IQS Highest ranked in segment
2010 VDS
-
2009 APEAL
-



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2010 Lexus GS

2010 Lexus GS

Overview
The Lexus GS is a midsize premium luxury sedan. It is offered with a choice of gasoline engines, as well as a gasoline-electric hybrid powertrain. The Lexus GS competes against the BMW 5 Series, Audi A6, Mercedes-Benz E-Class, and the Infiniti M-Class, to name just a few.

History/Genealogy
The first Lexus GS debuted in North America in 1993. Lexus needed a model to fill the price bracket vacated by the flagship LS sedan, which was moving upmarket, so they rebadged a vehicle that had been on sale in Japan since 1991 (sold there as the Toyota Aristo). The U.S. market received a rear-wheel-drive model with a standard 6-cylinder engine (shared with the Toyota Supra), styling by Giorgetto Giugiaro, and loaded with luxury features. The second-generation model, which debuted in 1998, was also offered with an 8-cylinder engine to keep it competitive with its European competition.

The third-generation GS, the current body style, arrived in 2006. In addition to 6-cylinder and 8-cylinder engines, it would eventually be offered with a gasoline-electric hybrid powerplant. Furthermore, it was the first Lexus model to be available with all-wheel drive. The next-generation Lexus GS is expected to arrive for the 2012 model year.

Dimensions and Interior Room

Model 4-Door
   
Length 190.7 inches
Width 71.7 inches
Height 56.1 inches
Weight 3,704 pounds
   
Passenger Volume 109.1 cubic feet
Cargo Volume 15.2 cubic feet

Features and Options
The 2010 Lexus GS is offered in four different models: GS 350 RWD, GS 350 AWD, GS 460 RWD, and the hybrid GS 450h. The GS 350 is available in rear- or all-wheel-drive (RWD or AWD) variants, while the GS 460 and GS 450h are offered in rear-wheel-drive (RWD) configurations only.

As a premium luxury sedan, all Lexus GS models are substantially equipped for their mission. Leather upholstery, wood trim, dual-zone automatic climate control, power tilt-and-telescope steering wheel, a full complement of power accessories, and more are all standard. Upgrading to the GS 460 brings a more powerful 8-cylinder engine, adaptive suspension, upgraded wheels, electric power steering, a power rear sunshade, and more.

The GS 450h is a full gasoline-electric hybrid. It is capable of operating in gas-only, electric-only, or a combination of both drive modes. In addition to the standard equipment listed for all GS models, the hybrid has special 18-inch light-alloy wheels, a regenerative braking system, a power meter replacing the tachometer, and more. Standard on the GS 450h, but optional on both GS 350 models, are heated and ventilated front seats, rain-sensing wipers, headlamp washers, a power-operated trunk closer, and more.

Options are limited to packages including items such as navigation, integrated backup camera, rain-sensing wipers, a rear spoiler, and more. Lexus has also introduced a full line of "F Sport" equipment that is tailored towards high-performance driving. The accessories include items such as a performance exhaust, upgraded brakes, forged alloy wheels, and more.

The 2010 Lexus GS 350 models feature a 3.5-liter 6-cylinder engine rated at 300 horsepower and 274 lb.-ft. of torque mated to a standard 6-speed automatic transmission. The GS 460 models are fitted with a 4.6-liter 8-cylinder engine rated at 343 horsepower and 339 lb.-ft. of torque and mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission. The gasoline-electric hybrid GS 450h features a 3.5-liter 6-cylinder gasoline engine and a high-output electric motor (for combined system power of 340 horsepower) mated to an electronically controlled, continuously variable transmission (ECVT). The EPA fuel economy for the 2010 Lexus GS ranges between 17 mpg in the city and 26 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 ** TOP SAFETY PICK **  
  Frontal Offset Good
  Side Impact Good
  Roof Strength Not Tested

Study Results
2010 IQS Highest ranked in segment
2010 VDS
-
2009 APEAL
-



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2010 Lexus GX

2010 Lexus GX

Overview
The Lexus GX is a midsize premium sport utility vehicle. It is the smaller sibling to the Lexus LX and the larger sibling to the Lexus RX. The GX features standard full-time 4-wheel drive and standard 8-cylinder power.

History/Genealogy
The first Lexus GX debuted in North America in 2003. The midsized SUV joined the Lexus lineup as the smaller sibling to the Lexus LX 470 (now known as the LX 570). In contrast to the car-like, Camry-based Lexus RX 300 crossover, the GX 470 shared a body-on-frame platform and heavy-duty off-road mechanicals with the Toyota 4Runner. The GX 470 offered seating for up to 8 passengers within its cabin while most of its competitors seated only 5.

The second-generation model, introduced as the Lexus GX 460, debuted in the fall of 2009 as a 2010 model. While the engine has slightly less displacement, it is also more efficient and more powerful. Further increasing acceleration and efficiency over the old model is a new 6-speed automatic transmission. Again, just like its predecessor, the body-on-frame chassis is shared with the Toyota 4Runner.

Dimensions and Interior Room

Model 4-Door
   
Length 189.2 inches
Width 74.2 inches
Height 73.8 inches
Weight 5,340 pounds
   
Passenger Volume 130 cubic feet
Cargo Volume Unknown

Features and Options
The 2010 Lexus GX 460 is offered in two trim levels: GX 460 and GX 460 Premium. Both models share identical mechanicals, but the luxury appointments on each are slightly different.

Standard features on both models include remote keyless entry; power tilt-and-telescope steering wheel; auto-dimming inside mirror; privacy glass; leather upholstery; memory for the driver's seat, outside mirrors, and steering wheel; and more. Premium models are upgraded with adaptive variable suspension, air springs on the rear suspension, 3-zone climate control (the standard model has 2-zone climate control), auto-dimming outside mirrors, upgraded leather upholstery, heated middle-row seats, heated steering wheel, and more.

The Lexus GX 460 offers 3 rows of seating. The second row is designed with a 60/40-split seatback for walk-in access to a third-row seating area that features fold-flat seatbacks. The rear cargo area is accessed via a side-hinged rear door that is also fitted with a flip-up glass panel for added convenience.

The 2010 Lexus GX 460 model features a 4.6-liter 8-cylinder engine rated at 301 horsepower and 329 lb.-ft. of torque. It is mated to a standard 6-speed automatic transmission. All models are fitted with a permanent full-time 4-wheel-drive system with a TORSEN limited-slip differential (with an electronic lock). A 2-speed transfer case, which provides a low range for off-road use, is standard. The EPA fuel economy for the 2010 Lexus GX ranges between 15 mpg in the city and 20 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 ** TOP SAFETY PICK **  
  Frontal Offset Not Tested
  Side Impact Not Tested
  Roof Strength Not Tested

Study Results
2010 IQS Highest ranked in segment
2010 VDS
Highest ranked * (GX 470)
2009 APEAL
-



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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 Ford 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 for 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 engine and 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.

Dimensions and Interior Room

Model 4-Door
   
Length 202.9 inches
Width 76.2 inches
Height 60.7 inches
Weight 4,015 pounds
   
Passenger Volume 102.2 cubic feet
Cargo Volume 20.1 cubic feet

Features and Options
The 2010 Ford Taurus is offered in four different models: SE, SEL, Limited, and SHO. The standard Taurus SE is offered with cloth upholstery, manual air conditioning, cruise control, power windows, keypad locking, manual tilt/telescope steering wheel, multiple 12-volt power outlets, and more. The SEL model delivers many more features, including automatic dual-zone climate control, Sirius satellite radio, perimeter anti-theft alarm, and more. The Limited model adds leather upholstery, Sync in-car connectivity, reverse-sensing system, rear-view camera and more. The Taurus SHO is a high-performance variant. In addition to a twin-turbocharged powerplant, the SHO features standard all-wheel drive, leather-trimmed seats with Miko suede inserts, intelligent access with push-button start, and more.

Popular option packages add Sync in-car connectivity, climate-controlled front seats, blind-spot information system, power moonroof, heated second-row seats, rear power sunshade, an upgraded Sony audio system, and more.

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 automatic transmission 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 rated at 365 horsepower and 350 lb.-ft. of torque. Its power is also sent through a 6-speed electronically controlled automatic transmission, but an all-wheel-drive powertrain is standard. The EPA 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
2010 VDS
-
2009 APEAL
-



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2010 Chevrolet Tahoe

2010 Chevrolet Tahoe

Overview
The Chevrolet Tahoe is a full-size sport utility vehicle built on a truck platform. The Tahoe offers 9-passenger seating, 8-cylinder power, and a choice between 4x2 and 4x4 drivelines. The Tahoe Hybrid is a full-size gasoline-electric hybrid variant.

History/Genealogy
The first Chevrolet Tahoe rolled into showrooms in 1992 as the Chevrolet "Blazer" (GMC called its model the "Yukon"). Nevertheless, the all-new sport utility vehicle was based on GM's "GMT400" platform, more commonly used for the Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck and Chevrolet Suburban. The first models were offered in 2-door and 4-door configurations, with a variety of engines and powertrains. Second-generation Tahoe models appeared in 2000, again based on GM's body-on-frame truck platform. As the Tahoe moved upscale, upgrades such as Bose audio packages and DVD entertainment systems became commonplace.

The current, third-generation Chevrolet Tahoe was introduced in 2007. Again riding on a truck-based frame (still shared with the Silverado and Suburban), the Tahoe was offered with a choice of engine and drivetrain options. The 2010 models received slightly revised styling (inside and out), USB connectivity for the audio system, and safety enhancements.

Dimensions and Interior Room

Model 4-Door
   
Length 202.0 inches
Width 79.0 inches
Height 76.9 inches
Weight 5,894 pounds
   
Passenger Volume Not available
Cargo Volume Not available

Features and Options
The 2010 Chevrolet Tahoe is offered in four models, with a choice of 4x2 or 4x4 powertrains: LS, LT, LTZ, and Hybrid.

Standard equipment on the LS model includes air conditioning with dual-zone climate control, rear climate control, power windows, power driver seat, cloth upholstery, split-bench seating, and more. The LT model builds on the LS model by adding rear park assist, automatic climate control, power passenger seat, leather seating surfaces, bucket seats, pass-through or 60/40 split-folding rear seats, and more. The LTZ model adds as standard a rearview camera, heated driver and passenger seat, rear-seat audio controls, a navigation system, and more.

The standard powerplant for the 2010 Chevrolet Tahoe is a 5.3-liter 8-cylinder engine rated at 320 horsepower and 335 lb.-ft. of torque (the engine is flex-fuel compatible). Power is sent to an electronically controlled 6-speed automatic transmission to a rear- or 4-wheel drive powertrain.

The Tahoe Hybrid features a completely different powerplant. Under the hood of the Hybrid is a 6.0-liter 8-cylinder engine rated at 332 horsepower and 367 lb.-ft. of torque. There are two 60-kW electric motors to provide propulsion with or without the gasoline engine's assistance, based on driving conditions (a 300-volt nickel-metal hydride battery supplies power). The EPA rated fuel economy for the 2010 Chevrolet Tahoe ranges between 15 mpg in the 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 Not Tested
  Side Rear Passenger Not Tested
  Rollover 2WD 3 stars
  Rollover 4WD 3 stars
     
IIHS ** TOP SAFETY PICK **  
  Frontal Offset Not Tested
  Side Impact Not Tested
  Roof Strength Not Tested

Study Results
2010 IQS Highest ranked in segment
2010 VDS
Top-3* (GMC Yukon)
2009 APEAL
Top-3* (GMC Yukon)



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2010 Chevrolet Avalanche

2010 Chevrolet Avalanche

Overview
The Chevrolet Avalanche is a 4-door sport utility truck with a pickup bed. Unlike a 4-door pickup, the bed of the Avalanche opens to the back seat of the passenger compartment (by removing the window and a folding panel). The truck is offered in 4x2 and 4x4 configurations, with standard 8-cylinder power.

History/Genealogy
Introduced in 2002, the Chevrolet Avalanche utilized GM's "GMT800" body-on-frame platform (shared with the Cadillac Escalade, Chevrolet Tahoe, and Chevrolet Suburban). As such, the mechanical underpinnings were nearly identical to its cousins, although the body was very different. To differentiate the Avalanche (and its unique role) from the Tahoe, Chevrolet put plastic body cladding on the first-generation model. It proved unpopular and was soon dropped.

The second-generation Avalanche arrived in 2007 (coinciding with the arrival of the new Chevrolet Tahoe). While it shared styling cues with the Tahoe and Suburban (without the body cladding), the Avalanche still offered a unique type of utility that was unmatched by its siblings. While the Tahoe is offered with a hybrid powertrain option, it is not available on the Avalanche. After the 6.0-liter V-8 engine option was dropped, all Avalanche models now share the same E85 Ethanol-compatible 5.3-liter 8-cylinder engine.

The 2010 Avalanche models received USB connectivity for the audio system, and a few new color choices.

Dimensions and Interior Room

Model 4-Door
   
Length 221.3 inches
Width 79.1 inches
Height 76.6 inches
Weight 5,599 pounds
   
Passenger Volume 120.2 cubic feet
Cargo Volume Not available

Features and Options
The 2010 Chevrolet Avalanche is offered in three models, with a choice of 4x2 or 4x4 powertrains: LS, LT, and LTZ.

Standard equipment on the LS model includes air conditioning with dual-zone climate control, rear climate control, power windows, power driver seat, cloth upholstery, split-bench seating, and more. The LT model builds on the LS model by adding rear park assist, automatic climate control, power passenger seat, leather seating surfaces, bucket seats, pass-through or 60/40 split-folding rear seats, and more. The LTZ model adds a standard rearview camera, heated driver and passenger seat, rear-seat audio controls, a navigation system, and more.

The standard powerplant for the 2010 Chevrolet Avalanche is a 5.3-liter 8-cylinder engine rated at 320 horsepower and 335 lb.-ft. of torque (the engine is flex-fuel compatible). Power is sent to an electronically controlled 6-speed automatic transmission to a rear- or 4-wheel drive powertrain. The EPA fuel economy for the 2010 Chevrolet Avalanche ranges between 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 Not Tested
  Side Rear Passenger Not Tested
  Rollover 2WD 3 stars
  Rollover 4WD 3 stars
     
IIHS ** TOP SAFETY PICK **  
  Frontal Offset Not Tested
  Side Impact Not Tested
  Roof Strength Not Tested

Study Results
2010 IQS Highest ranked in segment
2010 VDS
-
2009 APEAL
Highest Ranked (tie) in segment



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2010 GMC Sierra LD 1500

2010 GMC Sierra LD 1500

Overview
The GMC Sierra is a traditional full-size pickup truck. Like all large American pickup trucks, the Sierra features a highly configurable body-on-frame design with a solid rear axle. GMC offers a wide range of choices in cabs, beds, drivelines, and engines (gasoline and hybrid gasoline-electric power) for the Sierra.

History/Genealogy
GM has been manufacturing pickup trucks since 1930, but it didn't use the "Sierra" name for its full-size offering until about a decade ago; instead it was simply known as the "1500 Short Bed" or "1500 Long Bed." The modern "Sierra" debuted in 1999 on GM's "GMT800" platform. In addition to its role as a commercial vehicle, the platform was to be shared with other models such as the GMC Suburban, Chevrolet Silverado, GMC Yukon, Cadillac Escalade, and more.

The current-generation Sierra was introduced in 2007. The platform, called the "GMT900," features an updated frame, suspension, a new interior, and new exterior sheetmetal. Consumers are offered a choice between 6-cylinder and 8-cylinder engines (gasoline and hybrid).

Dimensions and Interior Room

Model 4-Door
   
Length 205.6 inches
Width 79.9 inches
Height 73.8 inches
Weight 4,695 pounds
   
Passenger Volume Not available
Cargo Volume Not available

Features and Options
The 2010 GMC Sierra is offered with three different cab choices (Regular, Extended, and Crew); three different cargo box choices (Short, Standard, and Long); three driveline choices (4x2, 4x4, and AWD); and in five different trim levels (WT, SL, SLE, SLT, and Denali).

Standard WT models-designed with commercial customers in mind-include vinyl upholstery, air conditioning, manual windows, manual driver seat, AM/FM audio, power steering, adjustable steering wheel, reading lamps, and a tire-pressure-monitoring system.

The upgraded models like the SL, SLE and SLT add creature comforts such as power windows, cloth upholstery, driver lumbar support, MP3 audio playback, leather-wrapped steering wheel, anti-lock brakes, and more. The flagship Denali models add premium appointments, including standard leather upholstery, Bose audio system, dual-zone climate control, remote start, and more. Denali models are also fitted with a permanent all-wheel-drive system that is safe to use on dry roads (4x4 is a part-time system). Options include wheel packages, towing mirrors, tonneau covers, assist steps, bed liners, polished exhaust tips, and more.

The standard powerplant for the 2010 GMC Sierra is a 4.3-liter 6-cylinder engine rated at 195 horsepower and 260 lb.-ft. of torque. An optional engine is a 4.8-liter 8-cylinder rated at 302 horsepower and 305 lb.-ft. of torque (the engine is flex-fuel compatible). These two engines are mated to a 4-speed automatic transmission. Other available engines include a 5.3-liter 8-cylinder rated at 315 horsepower and 338 lb.-ft. and a 6.2-liter 8-cylinder rated at 403 horsepower and 417 lb.-ft. of torque. These two engines are mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission. Available powertrains include 4x2, 4x4, and all-wheel drive.

The Sierra Hybrid features a completely different powertrain. Under the hood of the Hybrid is a 6.0-liter 8-cylinder engine rated at 332 horsepower and 367 lb.-ft. of torque. There are two 60-kW electric motors to provide propulsion with or without the gasoline engine's assistance, based on driving conditions (a 300-volt nickel-metal hydride battery supplies power). The EPA fuel economy for the 2010 GMC Sierra ranges between 15 mpg in the 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 Not Tested
  Side Rear Passenger Not Tested
  Rollover 2WD 4 stars
  Rollover 4WD 4 stars
     
IIHS ** TOP SAFETY PICK **  
  Frontal Offset Good
  Side Impact Acceptable
  Roof Strength Not Tested

Study Results
2010 IQS Highest ranked in segment
2010 VDS
-
2009 APEAL
-



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2010 Lexus LS

2010 Lexus LS

Overview
The Lexus LS is a full-size premium luxury sedan that serves as the flagship of the Lexus lineup. The 5-passenger sedan is offered in short- or long-wheelbase versions, can be powered by 8-cylinder gasoline or hybrid gasoline-electric powerplants, and features rear- or all-wheel-drive powertrains.

History/Genealogy
The Lexus LS first debuted in North America in 1990 when Toyota launched its all-new Lexus division. The premium luxury brand was developed to battle head-to-head with the Mercedes-Benz S-Class, the BMW 7 Series, and the Audi V8 Quattro. The LS was an all-new model, specifically designed to be the flagship of the brand. Like the European offerings, the original Lexus LS400 featured a traditional front-engine/rear-wheel-drive platform with a powerful V-8 engine. The newcomer Lexus matched the competition in features and performance, but undercut them significantly in price.

Now in its fourth generation, the Lexus LS remains the flagship of the automaker's much-expanded premium lineup. Last updated for the 2007 model year, the current LS 460 retains the same powertrain configuration, but adds an all-wheel-drive model as well as a hybrid variant. It is also offered in both short- and long-wheelbase models.Lexus updated the LS model for 2010 with a mild exterior refresh, a new optional Sport package, a new driver monitoring system, and updates to the audio and navigation systems.

Dimensions and Interior Room

Model 4-Door 4-Door LWB
     
Length 199.2 203.9 inches
Width 73.8 inches 73.8 inches
Height 58.1 inches 58.1 inches
Weight 4,332 pounds 4,332 pounds
     
Passenger Volume 103 cubic feet 103 cubic feet
Cargo Volume 11 cubic feet 11 cubic feet

Features and Options
The 2010 Lexus LS is offered in five different models: LS 460, LS 460 AWD, LS 460 L, LS 460 L AWD, and LS 600h L. All models share the same basic platform, but the "L" models are long-wheelbase versions whereby rear-seat passengers benefit from an additional 4.8 inches of leg room.

The flagship Lexus models feature a comprehensive list of standard luxury features. These include dual-zone automatic climate control, power tilt-and-slide moonroof, leather upholstery, auto-dimming mirrors, UV-reducing glass, wood trim, HomeLink, a premium sound system, and more. Major options include a navigation system, the Mark Levinson 450-watt audio package, the Comfort package, the Comfort Plus package, and the new Sport package (Brembo brakes, forged alloy wheels, sport-tuned suspension, sport seats, and steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters).

The non-hybrid 2010 Lexus LS models feature a 4.6-liter 8-cylinder engine rated at 380 horsepower and 367 lb.-ft. of torque (RWD models) or 357 horsepower and 344 lb.-ft. of torque (AWD models). In both cases, the engine is mated to a standard 8-speed sequential-shift automatic transmission. Standard models feature rear-wheel drive, while the "AWD" models (including the LS 600h L) are fitted with a full-time all-wheel-drive system with a TORSEN limited-slip differential.

The hybrid gasoline-electric LS 600h L features a unique version of the 4.6-liter V-8 rated at 394 horsepower and 383 lb.-ft. of torque mated to two electric motors with nickel-metal hydride battery packs. The first smaller motor is tasked with starting the engine (thus replacing a traditional starter) and generating electricity. The second motor is larger (and capable of generating 221 horsepower by itself). According to Lexus, the combined total system power is 438 horsepower. The hybrid's power is sent to a two-stage, continuously variable transmission (CVT) with three different operator-selected driving modes (normal, power and snow).

The EPA-rated fuel economy for the 2010 Lexus LS ranges between 16 mpg in the city and 24 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 ** TOP SAFETY PICK **  
  Frontal Offset Good
  Side Impact Not Tested
  Roof Strength Not Tested

Study Results
2010 IQS Highest ranked in segment
2010 VDS
Top 3, Large Premium Car segment
2009 APEAL
Top 2, Large Premium Car segment



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2010 Cadillac Escalade

2010 Cadillac Escalade

Overview
The Cadillac Escalade is GM's flagship, full-size sport utility vehicle. Built on a truck platform, the well-appointed Escalade is offered in rear- or all-wheel-drive configurations with 8-cylinder power or a fuel-efficient hybrid option.

History/Genealogy
The first Cadillac Escalade debuted in 1999, following the introduction of the Lincoln Navigator-its direct competitor. Since both SUVs were simply up-market models of existing sport utility vehicles (the GMC Yukon and the Ford Expedition), their gestation period for development was short and costs were kept to a minimum. In addition to the aforementioned Lincoln, the Escalade competes with the Land Rover Range Rover Sport, Infiniti QX56, Lexus LX, Mercedes-Benz GL-Class, and other premium sport utilities.The current, third-generation Cadillac Escalade was introduced in 2007. Riding on a truck-based frame (the "GMT900" is also shared with the Yukon, Chevrolet Silverado and Suburban), the Escalade has been fitted with a standard 6.2-liter V-8 engine (not offered on its sibling SUVs) or the choice of hybrid power. The 2010 models received new safety enhancements.

Dimensions and Interior Room

Model 4-Door
   
Length 202.5 inches
Width 79.0 inches
Height 75.9 inches
Weight 5,923 pounds
   
Passenger Volume Not available
Cargo Volume Not available

Features and Options
The 2010 Cadillac Escalade is offered in six different models: V8, V8 Luxury, V8 Premium, V8 Platinum, Hybrid, and Hybrid Platinum. All models are offered with a choice between rear- or all-wheel drive. The list of standard features is extensive. In addition to a full complement of power accessories and convenience features, Escalade models offer standard leather upholstery, adaptive remote start, heated and cooled front seats, rearview camera, ultrasonic park assist, XM satellite radio, a navigation system, and more.

The Luxury models add a heated steering wheel, IntelliBeam headlights, Magnetic Ride Control suspension, power-folding second-row seats, power sunroof, side blind-zone alert, and more. The Premium models add a rear-seat entertainment system with DVD player, power-retractable running boards, and more. Lastly, the Platinum models feature additional amenities including heated and cooled cupholders, LED headlamps, wood trim, dual-screen rear entertainment, upgraded leather upholstery, and more.

The standard powerplant for the 2010 Cadillac Escalade is a 6.2-liter 8-cylinder engine rated at 403 horsepower and 417 lb.-ft. of torque. Power is sent to an electronically controlled 6-speed automatic transmission to a rear- or all-wheel-drive powertrain.

The Escalade Hybrid features a completely different powerplant but shares the choice of rear- or all-wheel-drive powertrains. Under the hood of the Hybrid is a 6.0-liter 8-cylinder engine rated at 332 horsepower and 367 lb.-ft. of torque. There are two 60-kW electric motors that provide propulsion with or without the gasoline engine's assistance, based on driving conditions (a 300-volt nickel-metal hydride battery supplies power). The EPA fuel economy for the 2010 Cadillac Escalade ranges between 13 mpg in the city and 22 mpg on the highway.

Safety and Crash TestingNHTSA 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 Results2010 IQS Highest ranked2010 VDS -2009 APEAL -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 ** TOP SAFETY PICK **  
  Frontal Offset Not Tested
  Side Impact Not Tested
  Roof Strength Not Tested

Study Results
2010 IQS Highest ranked in segment
2010 VDS
-
2009 APEAL
-



To learn more visit:
2010 Cadillac Escalade Model Page

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Sub Compact Car
Hyundai Accent
Toyota Yaris
Honda Fit

Compact Car
Ford Focus
Honda Civic
Hyundai Elantra

Compact Sporty Car
Mazda MX-5 Miata
Scion tC

Midsize Car
Honda Accord
Ford Fusion
Chevrolet Malibu

Midsize Sporty
Ford Mustang
Dodge Challenger

Large Car
Ford Taurus
Buick Lucerne
Nissan Maxima

Entry Premium Car
Mercedes-Benz C-Class
Acura TL
Cadillac CTS

Compact Premium Sporty Car
Volvo C70
Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe

Midsize Premium Car
Lexus GS
Mercedes-Benz E-Class
Volvo S80

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

Compact Crossover/SUV
Toyota FJ Cruiser
Honda CR-V
Honda Element

Compact MPV
Scion xB
Chrysler PT Cruiser Wagon
Nissan Cube

Entry Premium Crossover/SUV
Acura RDX
BMW X3
Volvo XC60

Midsize Crossover/SUV
Honda Accord Crosstour
Honda Pilot
Ford Edge

Large Crossover/SUV
Chevrolet Tahoe
Chevrolet Suburban
GMC Yukon

Midsize Premium Crossover/SUV
Lexus GX 460
Infiniti FX-Series
Volvo XC70

Large Premium Crossover/SUV
Cadillac Escalade
Mercedes-Benz GL-Class
Infiniti QX56 (tie)
Land Rover Range Rover (tie)

Large Pickup
Chevrolet Avalanche (tie)
GMC Sierra LD (tie)
Ford F-150 LD

Midsize Pickup
Nissan Frontier
Ford Ranger
Ford Explorer Sport Trac

Minivan
Toyota Sienna
Kia Sedona
Dodge Grand Caravan



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