AAA Names Its Top Car Picks For 2006: Fuel-Efficient Hybrid SUV Gets A Green Thumbs Up And Corvette Named Cool

Orlando, Fla. – 3/21/2006

AAA, one of the nation’s leading consumer organizations for “all things automotive,” has selected its top cars for 2006 in 13 distinct categories, including “Cool Car of the Year.”

They are:

Category
Car
EPA Miles Per Gallon
(*estimated city/highway)

Under – $15,000
Mazda 3
25/35

$15,000 – $20,000
Honda Accord Sedan
26/34

$20,000 – $25,000
Dodge Charger
19/27

$25,000 – $30,000
Toyota Avalon
22/31

$30,000 – $35,000
BMW 3 Series
20/30

$35,000 – $40,000
Volvo S80
21/30

$40,000 – $50,000
Infiniti M35/M45
17/25

$50,000 +
Jaguar XJ8L
18/27

SUV $30,000
Ford Escape Hybrid
36/29

SUV $30,000 +
Mercedes-Benz M-Class
16/20

Minivan
Honda Odyssey
18/28

Pick Up Truck
Honda Ridgeline
16/21

Cool Car
Chevrolet Corvette Z06
16/26

* EPA estimated miles per gallon. Actual mileage may vary based on individual’s personal driving habits and road conditions.

“From fuel-saving hybrids to sporty, high performance vehicles, those looking to purchase a new vehicle in 2006 will be pleasantly surprised to see they have many makes and models from which to choose from,” says John Nielsen, director, AAA Auto Buying and Auto Repair Network.” The difficult decision consumers may face now is how to narrow their selection to just one.”

To read the full reviews for each of the vehicles selected, please visit the “On the Road” section found at www.aaa.com/publicaffairs/. AAA clubs also offer additional information on vehicle selection, maintenance, financing, insurance, safety and use at www.aaa.com.

Every year, AAA takes a comprehensive look at more than 200 vehicles and then judges them according to many criteria’s like their ride and performance, braking, handling, passenger and cargo space, value, and fuel economy.

To help you narrow their automotive search, AAA is urging consumers to visit AAA AutomakerР’В®. This exclusive application, which can be found on aaa.com, allows users to research hundreds of vehicles with a few clicks, compare vehicles side-by-side, build their own vehicles, and save their research. Using the most comprehensive vehicle data, AAA AutomakerР’В® helps users make an educated decision about the best vehicle for their lifestyle and budget.

As North America’s largest motoring and leisure travel organization, AAA provides more than 49 million members with travel, insurance, financial and automotive-related services. Since its founding in 1902, the not-for-profit, fully tax-paying AAA has been a leader and advocate for the safety and security of all travelers.

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