Fall 2009 Auto Guide
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When reliability and freedom from repair matters most, you may find a strong dose of peace of mind by seeing how your choice of cars matches up with ratings from a variety of recent surveys, including Consumer Reports, Intellichoice and J.D. Power.

Attributes:  Price | Safety | Going Green | Reliability | Performance

Honda CR-VWarranty: 3 years, 36,000 miles
Power train: 5 years, 60,000 miles

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As one of the founders of the crossover segment, Honda knows exactly what it's doing with its CR-V. Ranked tops by J.D. Power and Associates in its 2009 Initial Quality Study, the Honda CR-V is almost certain to last for the long term, regardless of how hard the kids are on the interior. This compact crossover is one of the smallest in the segment in exterior dimensions, but it has generous interior space. Go »
Mazda CX-9Warranty: 3 years, 36,000 miles
Power train: 5 years, 60,000 miles

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The seven-seat Mazda CX-9 ranked best in its class in AutoPacific's 2009 Vehicle Satisfaction Awards, which are calculated using the results of owner surveys. The CX-9 was redesigned for the 2010 model year with new exterior styling and new upholstery as well as a host of smaller changes. Offered in both front-wheel and all-wheel-drive, the CX-9 is powered by a 273-horsepower, 3.7-liter V6 and includes such standard features as a second row that reclines and folds flat, a 50/50-split fold-flat third row, 18-inch wheels, a new double-lid center console, side-impact and side curtain airbags and electronic stability control with rollover protection. Go »
Mitsubishi OutlanderWarranty: 5 years, 60,000 miles
Power train: 10 years, 100,000 miles

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While Mitsubishi may have more of a reputation for performance than reliability, the brand is no slouch in terms of building cars that last and backs its cars with a 10-year, 100,000-mile power train warranty to prove it. The Outlander, which ranked high in the 2009 Initial Quality Study by J.D. Power and Associates, is powered by a 168-horsepower, 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine or a 3.0-liter V-6 that gets either 213 or 220 horsepower, depending on the trim level. Go »
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