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

Ford FusionWarranty: 3 years, 36,000 miles

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Restyled for 2010, the current model of the Ford Fusion has scored high with owners in AutoPacific's 2009 Vehicle Satisfaction Awards. For 2010, the base model is now powered by a 175-horsepower, 2.3-liter four-cylinder that Ford says makes its Fusion faster than the four-cylinder Toyota Camry or Honda Accord. For even more power, there are two optional V-8s producing either 240 or 263 horsepower. Standard features include air conditioning, power windows and locks, an MP3 input jack, side-impact and side-curtain airbags, anti-lock brakes, electronic stability and traction control. Go »
Nissan AltimaWarranty: 3 years, 36,000 miles
Power train: 5 years, 60,000 miles

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Owners surveyed in the 2009 Initial Quality Study from J.D. Power and Associates gave high praise to the Nissan Altima. While considered midsize, the five-seat sedan is smaller than its competitors are overall, but has passenger and cargo space comparable to the Toyota Camry and Chevrolet Malibu. It comes in four trim levels and is powered by a 175-horsepower, 2.5-liter four-cylinder or a 270-horsepower, 3.5-liter V-8. Standard features include air conditioning, power windows, mirrors and locks, keyless entry, side-impact and side curtain airbags, active head restraints, and anti-lock brakes. Go »
Lexus ESWarranty: 4 years, 50,000 miles
Power train: 6 years, 70,000 miles

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Toyota's luxury brand, Lexus, has always received some of the highest marks in various quality studies, so it's no surprise owners ranked the Lexus ES 350 tops in its segment in AutoPacific's 2009 Vehicle Satisfaction Awards. The large luxury sedan is powered by a 272-horsepower, 3.5-liter V-8 and is paired with a six-speed auto-manual transmission. Standard features include push-button start, sunroof, dual-zone automatic climate control, 10-way power adjustable front seats, plus knee, side-impact and side curtain airbags, anti-lock brakes, electronic stability and traction control. Available features include adaptive headlights, navigation system and a backup camera. Go »
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