2006 New Car Highlights

Matthew Keegan

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A new model year brings with it all new cars and the chance for automakers to bring fresh customers into their showrooms in the hopes that some will be persuaded to purchase the new car or at the very least switch to a new brand. The following are some the newest models being touted. Will any of them grab your attention? Your local dealers certainly hope so!

Chevrolet HHR – Take one look at the HHR and you may think: this car looks awfully like Chrysler’s PT Cruiser. With that particular assessment, you are correct. Still, the car swiped its styling cues from the 1949 Chevrolet Suburban, but the HHR – Heritage High Top – will compete directly with the PT Cruiser as it does everything the PT Cruiser does and a bit more: you can fit an 8 foot ladder inside the vehicle.

Honda Ridgeline – It has taken some time, but Honda has entered the pick up truck fray with its medium body Ridgeline. Standard four wheel drive, four doors, and a five foot bed with a trunk inside of the floor of the bed are some of the features that sets the Ridgeline apart from the competition. The Ridgeline comes equipped with a 3.5L all aluminum V6 engine and a 5 speed automatic transmission.

Hyundai Azera – Developed to compete against the likes of the Toyota Avalon, the Azera comes equipped with a 3.8L all aluminum V6 engine. The five passenger Azera replaces the luxurious XG350.

Jeep Commander – Trail rated fun just got a bit finer with the Commander, the largest Jeep yet with seating for seven passengers. Based on the Jeep Grand Cherokee’s frame, the Commander comes with three engine choices including a 3.7L V6, a 4.7L SOHC V8; and a 5.7 Hemi V8 that automatically shuts down four of the cylinders when not needed.

Lincoln Mark LT – Ford’s luxury division gets it own version of the famous Ford F-150 line of pick up trucks. Available as a rear or four wheel drive vehicle, the Mark is a five passenger truck with ebony wood, leather seating, and a long list of luxury features. Standard engine is a Triton 5.4L V8.

Mercury Milan – Based on the Mazda 6 platform, the Milan is a five passenger sedan that comes equipped with either a 2.3 I4 or 3.0L V6 engine. Related cars include the Ford Fusion and the upscale Lincoln Zephyr.

Pontiac Solstice – GM says they created the Solstice to infuse a bit of fun in the Pontiac line up. The two seat rag top Solstice is meant to compete against the wildly famous Mazda Miata and with rear wheel drive, a pair of potent four cylinders to choose from, and priced starting around $20,000 the Solstice at least stands a chance to take away sales from the Miata.

Many other models have been revamped for 2006 including the Honda Civic, Ford Explorer, Lexus IS, Mitsubishi Eclipse, Toyota Avalon and the Chevrolet Impala. Regardless of which model you choose, you are in the commander’s seat as the competition continues to heat up and great deals on new vehicles continue to flow.

Matthew Keegan is The Article Writer who writes on just about any and every issue imaginable. You can preview samples from his high performing site at http://www.thearticlewriter.com


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