Fall 2009 Auto Guide
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The price you pay for a new vehicle depends on your individual negotiation with the dealer, but you can start here with the manufacturer's suggested retail price before discounts, incentives and rebates.

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Jeep CompassStarting MSRP: about $18,500

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The Jeep Compass is one of two Jeep models that are available in front-wheel-drive as well as four-wheel drive. While it is about the same size as the Ford Escape, its interior space is roomy compared to its competitors, offering substantial room for its five occupants, though cargo volume is a bit less than the competition as a result. The Jeep Compass is powered by a 172-horsepower, 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine paired with a five-speed manual or a continuously variable transmission. Standard features on both trim levels include air conditioning, illuminated cup holders, side-impact and side curtain airbags, anti-lock brakes, electronic stability and traction control. Go »
Chevrolet HHRStarting MSRP: about $18,700

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Part SUV, part station wagon, the Chevrolet HHR offers the flexibility of an SUV in a smaller package, while still with a 1,000-pound towing capability. Seating five, the tall HHR offers plenty of headroom for all occupants, while there's lots of flexibility for cargo thanks to the fold-flat front passenger seat and the 60/40-split folding rear seat. Three four-cylinder engines are available, producing 115, 172 or 260 horsepower. A five-speed manual transmission is standard while a four-speed automatic transmission is available for all engines. Standard features include air conditioning, keyless remote, CD player, side curtain airbags, anti-lock brakes and electronic stability control. Go »
Suzuki Grand VitaraStarting MSRP: about $18,800

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Classified as a small SUV, the Suzuki Grand Vitara comes in either rear-wheel or a choice of either single- or four-mode, full-time all-wheel-drive. The four-mode AWD system offers true off-road capability with a limited-slip center differential and allows for flat towing behind an RV without accumulating miles when in the "neutral" position. The Grand Vitara is powered by a 166-horsepower, 2.4-liter four-cylinder or a 230-horsepower, 3.2-liter V-6 and features an independent suspension. Standard features in the five-seater include automatic climate control, illuminated steering-wheel controls, side-impact and side curtain airbags with rollover protection, anti-lock brakes with electronic brake force distribution and electronic stability control. Go »
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