Fall 2009 Auto Guide
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Pickup | Reliability
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

Dodge RamWarranty: 3 years, 36,000 miles
Power train: Lifetime, unlimited miles

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Dodge Ram owners surveyed by market research firm AutoPacific ranked the Ram tops in the segment in the firm's 2009 Vehicle Satisfaction Awards, and it's no wonder. While Ram comes with the industry-standard three years, 36,000-mile, bumper-to-bumper warranty, its power train warranty has no time or mileage restrictions. In short, if there's a problem with the engine, transmission or drive train, parts and labor are covered. After a mild redesign for 2009, the Ram now features new front styling, suspension changes for a more comfortable ride and the RamBox -- lockable storage boxes on each side of the cargo bed. Go »
Honda RidgelineWarranty: 3 years, 36,000 miles
Power train: 5 years, 60,000 miles

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Studies by Consumers Union, the publishers of Consumer Reports, indicate the Honda Ridgeline is tops in reliability. Like other Hondas, the full-size pickup is known for its ride comfort and solid handling -- two features not always found in this segment -- and largely due to its unibody design, four-wheel independent suspension and all-wheel-drive. The crew-cab-type pickup comes in three trim levels. It has a 5-foot lockable "cargo trunk" with a tailgate that opens up or down and a side opening to allow easier access to cargo in the front. Features include cloth or leather upholstery, daytime running lights, cruise control, sunroof, MP3 input jack and a power sliding rear window. Go »
Nissan FrontierWarranty: 3 years, 36,000 miles
Power train: 5 years, 60,000 miles

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The Nissan Frontier was rated high in the 2009 Initial Quality Study by J.D. Power and Associates, which surveys owners. Chief competitor to the midsize Toyota Tacoma pickup, the Frontier underwent a mild redesign in 2009 receiving new front-end and interior styling, plus a new off-road trim level that replaces the previous Nismo version. Two cabs, CrewCab and KingCab, are offered and both come in two-wheel and four-wheel-drive versions. Features include cloth or leather upholstery, two glove boxes, two auxiliary power outlets, Rockford Fosgate premium audio system and, on four-wheel-drive models only, electronic stability control, plus the braking controls Hill Start Assist and Hills Descent Control. Go »
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