Fall 2009 Auto Guide
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No matter how concerned you may be or not be about fuel economy, it's a given that most drivers still want a vehicle that accelerates well. We rank the cars that deliver the most bang for the buck.

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

Cadillac Escalade403 horsepower, 6.2-liter V-8

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The full-size Cadillac Escalade has developed something of a reputation as the "bad boy" of SUVs. While that could be due to its attractiveness to celebrities who like to trick these vehicles out, it might also be because of the 403-horsepower, 6.2-liter V-8 and six-speed automatic transmission that are standard equipment. With a towing capacity of up to 8,300 pounds, the Escalade seats up to eight when equipped with bench seats for the second and third rows. Standard features include three-zone climate control, leather seats with seat heaters in the first two rows, a power tilt steering wheel, side-curtain airbags, anti-lock brakes and electronic stability control. Go »
Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT-8420 horsepower, 6.1-liter V-8

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Available with five different engines, the Jeep Grand Cherokee offers a power train to suit every need. The Grand Cherokee's high-performance model, the SRT-8, is powered by a 420-horsepower, 6.1-liter V-8 and features a lower ride height, special SRT-tuned suspension and Brembo brakes. Offered only in four-wheel-drive, the SRT-8 comes standard with Hill Descent Control and Hill Start Assist, both of which are particularly useful in off-road situations. Standard features include air conditioning, power windows, mirrors and locks, steering-wheel-mounted audio and cruise controls, side-curtain airbags, anti-lock brakes, electronic stability and traction control. Go »
Land Rover Range Rover Supercharged400 horsepower, 4.2-liter V-8

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Land Rover's Ranger Rover has always been known for as a performer -- both on road and off and the Supercharged model is no exception. This top-of-the-line Range Rover is powered by a 400-horsepower, 4.2-liter V-8 paired with a six-speed automatic transmission. Full-time four-wheel drive is standard and includes Land Rover's Terrain Response system, which adjusts the suspension to the driving conditions, and an electronic stability-control system called All-Terrain Dynamic Stability Control, which is effective in both on-pavement and off-road driving. Other standard features include three-zone climate control, navigation system, Bluetooth compatibility and anti-lock brakes as well as side-impact, side curtain and driver's knee airbags. Go »
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