Value Comparison

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1999 models
Carvalu.com™ SCROLL DOWN COMPARISON CHART WITH ROUNDED DOLLAR FIGURES (*) Copyright 1988-2010 Tommy Vig --Group One of Five Please see Important Notes at the bottom of Group Five of Five
         
  Kia Sportage 2wd 2dr conv. Toyota RAV4 Soft Top 2wd 2dr Jeep Cherokee S 2wd 2dr Isuzu Rodeo S 2wd 4dr
         
Retail Price (MSRP) $14,000 $15,700 $16,000 $18,200
Wholesale Price (Invoice) $12,700 $14,300 $15,100 $17,100
Destination Charge $450 $420 $520 $500
Dealer Hold Back (Approximate) $0 $300 $480 $550
Value Per Professionals' Consensus (**) (+ / -) $14,960=+ $960 $14,970=[-$730] $15,200=[-$800] $17,390=[-$810]
"Honest" Base Price ™ (***) - Rating / Rank $12,110 (13.5% disadvantage -$1,890) / 16th $11,450 (27% disadvantage -$4,250) / 20th $14,120 (12% disadvantage -$1,880) / 17th $16,270 (10.5% disadvantage -$1,930) / 15th
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I. PERFORMANCE        
0-60 mph acceleration (seconds) 11.0 12.8 12.0 9.4
Acceleration - Rating / Rank 10.4% slower than average / 16th 28.5% slower than average / 20th 20.5% slower than average / 17th 5.6 % quicker than average / 10th
All Wheel Drive no no no no
"Attitude" More Truck-like More Truck-like More Truck-like More Truck-like
Cylinders 4 4 4 4
Cylinders- Rating / Rank 29.8% less than average / tied for 14th (w/6) 29.8% less than average / tied for 14th (w/6) 29.8% less than average / tied for 14th (w/6) 29.8% less than average / tied for 14th (w/6)
Displacement in Cubic Inches (ci) 122 122 150 134
Displacement - Rating / Rank 43.6% smaller than avg / tied for 18th (w/2) 43.6% smaller than avg / tied for 18th (w/2) 30.7% smaller than average / 15th 38.1% smaller than average / 17th
Engine Location / Drive Wheels front / rear front / front front / rear front / rear
Engine Type 2.0L I4 2.0L I4 2.5L I4 2.2L I4
EPA Classification SPURP2WD SPURP2WD SPURP2WD SPURP2WD
4-Wheel Drive no no no no
Fuel Delivery System MPFI SEFI SEFI SEFI
Ground Clearance (inches) 7.9 7.5 8.1 7.1
Handling and Driveability - Rating / Rank 6.8% below average / 16th 15.7% better than average / tied for 3rd 1.2% better than average / tied for 8th (w/2) 1.2% better than average / tied for 8th (w/2)
Horsepower 130 127 125 130
Horsepower - Rating / Rank 29.8% less than average / tied for 17th 31.4% less than average / 19th 32.5% less than average / 20th 29.8% less than average / tied for 17th
Maximum Allowable Weight 4,156 lbs. 3,550 lbs. 4,550 lbs. 4,550
Maximum Allowable Weight Rating / Rank 17.8% less than average / tied for 18th 29.8% less than average / 20th 10% less than average / tied for 12th 10% less than average / tied for 12th
Off Road Ability - Rating / Rank 22.6% better than average / tied for 5th (w/3) 47.5% below average / tied for 18th (w/2) 5.1% better than average / tied for 9th (w/2) 40.1% better than average / tied for 3rd
Overall Performance - Rating / Rank 21.6% better than average / tied for 13th 37.3% better than average / tied for 3rd 2% worse than average / tied for 10th (w/2) 41.2% worse than avg / tied for 15th (w/5)
Payload (lbs.) 838 1004 1151 1049
Payload Rating / Rank 33.7% below average / 19th 20.6% below average / 15th 9% below average / 11th 17% below average / 14th
Reviewers' Recommendation - Rating / Rank 28% less than avg / 19th 28% more than avg / tied for 3rd 20% less than avg / tied for 12th (w/3) 23% less than avg / tied for 16th
Standard Transmission 4 speed auto 5 speed manual 5 speed manual 5 speed manual
Steering recirc rack & pinion recirc rack & pinion
Stroke 86 86.1 n/p (not published) 94.6
Suspension (Front / Rear) independent / independent independent/independent live / live independent / live
Top Speed 93 mph 98 mph 93 mph 109 mph
Top Speed-Rating / Rank 15.1% less than average / tied for 20th 10.6% less than average / 17th 15.1% slower than average / tied for 19th 0.5% slower than average / tied for 12th
Torque 127@4,000 132 @ 4,600 150 @ 3,250 144 @ 4,000
Tow Capacity / Hauling (lbs.) 2,000 1,500 2,000 2,500
Tow Capacity / Hauling-Rating / Rank 43.7% less than average / tied for 14th (w/3) 57.7% less than average / tied for 18th 43.7% less than average / tied for 14th (w/3) 29.6% less than average / 13th
Trailering Equipment no no no no
Transmission Quality - Rating / Rank 28.1% worse than average / 20th 13.7% worse than avg / tied for 13th (w/6) 13.7% worse than average / tied for 13th (w/6) 0.7% better than average / tied for 9th (w/3)
Valves 16 16 8 16
Valves - Rating / Rank 3.2% more than average / tied for 4th (w/8) 3.2% more than average / tied for 4th (w/8) 48.4% less than average / 20th 3.2% more than average / tied for 4th (w/8)
Weight Distribution Front / Rear 56 / 44 61 / 39 52 / 48 n/p
         
II. RELIABILITY        
Battery - Rating / Rank 520 325 500 600
Battery Amps 5.2% less than average / tied for 12th (w/4) 40.6% less than average / 20th 8.9% less than average / 17th 9.4% more than average / tied for 6th (w/2)
Cold Climate Package no no no no
Frequency of Repair - Rating / Rank 27.8 % worse than average / tied for 19th 31.9% better than average / 1st 27.8 % worse than average / tied for 19th 23.6% worse than average / tied for 17th
General- Rating / Rank 5% worse than avg / tied for 13th 15% better than avg / 2nd 4% worse than avg / tied for 10th ( w/2) 28% worse than avg / 20th
Number of Complaints - Rating / Rank 139.7% more (worse) than avg / 20th 57.5% less (better) than avg / tied for 7th 34,2% less (better) than avg / 11th 40% more (worse) than avg / 13th
Model Year of Production 5th 4th 16th 2nd
Recalls - Rank 17th 16th tied for 1st (w/11) (no recalls) tied for 1st (w/11) (no recalls)
Reputation of Manufacturer - Rating / Rank 37.5% worse than average / 20th 25% better than average / tied for 3rd 6.3% worse than average / tied for 6th (w/11) 21.9% worse than average / tied for 17th
         
III. SAFETY        
60 mph-0 Braking Distance (feet) 164 130 157 138
60 mph-0 Braking Distance - Rating / Rank 8.8% longer (worse) than average / 17th 13.7% shorter (better) than average / 1st 4.2% longer (worse) than average / tied for 15th 8.4% shorter (better) than average / tied for 3rd
Anti-lock Brake System (ABS) no n/p no yes
Auto Leveling Suspension System n/p n/p n/p n/p
Brakes (Front / Rear) disc / drum disc / drum disc / drum disc / drum
Brake Quality - Rating / Rank 23.3% worse than average / tied for 20th 7.4% better than average / 6th 23.3% worse than average /tied for 20th 23.3% worse than average / tied for 20th
Bumper Strength n/p n/p n/p n/p
Cargo Net no no no no
Curb Weight (lbs.) 3,108 2,547 3,017 3,495
Curb Weight Rank 17.6% less than average / 18th 32% less than average / 20th 20% less than average / 19th 7.4% less than average / 15th
Day / Night Rear View Mirror yes yes yes yes
Daylight Running Lights no no no no
Driver Air Bag yes yes yes yes
Dual Note Horn no no no no
First Aid Kit no no no no
Fog Lights no no no no
Front, Back, & Side Visibility - Rating / Rank 0.9% better than average / tied for 10th (w/6) 20.7% worse than average / 18th 0.9% better than average / tied for 10th (w/6) 0.9% better than average / tied for 10th (w/6)
Global Position / Navigation System (GPS) no no no no
Halogen Headlights yes yes yes yes
Height (inches) 65 65.4 63.8 66.1
Insurance Company Rating / Rank 21.9% worse than average / tied for 9th (w/8) 21.9% worse than average / tied for 9th (w/8) 56.3% better than average / tied for 1st (w/7) 21.9% worse than average / tied for 9th (w/8)
Length (inches) 156.9 147.6 167.5 176.7
Maneuverability - Rating / Rank 6.4% worse than average / tied for 14th 9.2% better than average / tied for 4th (w/7) 9.2% better than average / tied for 4th (w/7) 37.6% worse than average / tied for 18th
NHTSA, etc. Frontal Crash Test Results-R/R 22.4% worse than avg / tied for 16th (w/2) 8.7% better than average / tied for 4th (w/5) 22.4% worse than average / tied for 16th (w/2) 6.8% worse than average / 15th
Occupant Injury Statistics Rating 82.4% worse than average / 20th 47.3% worse than average / 19th 12.1% worse than avg / tied for 13th (w/4) n/p
Overall Size - Rating / Rank 9.1% smaller than average / 19th 12.2% smaller than average / 20th 5.6% smaller than average / 18th 1.7% smaller than average / 13th
Passenger Air Bag yes yes yes yes
Power Brakes yes yes yes yes
Reverse Sensing System no no no no
Road Holding Index n/p 0.70 0.70 n/p
Road Holding Index - Rating / Rank n/p 1.4% worse than avg / tied for 13th (w/3) 1.4% worse than avg / tied for 13th (w/3) n/p
Side Air Bag driver -side knee air bag no no no
Side Crash Protect yes yes yes yes
Skid Plates no no no yes
Spare Tire Type fullsize fullsize compact fullsize
Stability Bars (Front/Rear) (inches) n/p 0.91 / n/p n/p 0.9 / n/p
Theft Deterrent System yes no no no
Theft Frequency n/p average average average
Tires 205 / 75 R 15 215 / 70 R 16 215 / 75 R 15 235 / 75 R 15
Tires Quality Rating / Rank n/p 3.1% worse than average / tied for 12th (w/5) 16.3% better than average / tied for 2nd (w/3) 3.1% worse than average / tied for 12th (w/5)
Traction (Front / Rear) 56.7 / 56.7 57.5 / 57.7 58 / 58 59.6 / 59.8
Traction Control n/p n/p n/p n/p
Wheelbase (inches) 92.9 86.6 101.4 106.4
Width (inches) 68.1 66.6 69.4 70.4
         
IV. COMFORT        
Air Cleaning no no no no
Air Conditioning no no no no
AM / FM Radio no no yes yes
Arm Rests yes yes yes yes
Automatic Climate Control no no no no
Automatic Headlights no no no no
Automatic Parking Brake Release n/p n/p n/p n/p
Automatic Seat Belts no no no no
Availability of Parts - Rating / Rank 81.1% worse than avg / 18th 43.5% worse than avg / tied for 12th 0.8% better than avg / tied for 9th 74.9% worse than avg / 16th
Bucket Seats yes yes yes yes
Built In Cupholders yes yes yes yes
Cargo Tie Down Hooks yes yes yes yes
Cassette Player no no no yes
CD Player no no no yes
Chime Headlights On Warning yes yes yes yes
Chrome Grill no no no yes
Console Operation - Rating / Rank 4.7% better than average / tied for 6th (w/7) 27.8% worse than avg / tied for 20th (w/2) 1.8% worse than average / 16th yes
Contour - Rating / Rank 12.1% better than average / tied for 4th (w/2) 12.1% better than average / tied for 4th (w/2) 25.2% worse than average / tied for 20th (w/2) yes
Cruise Control no no no yes
Dealership Experience - Rating / Rank 13% worse than avg / tied for 11th (w/2) 37% worse than avg / tied for 20th 17% worse than avg / tied for 14th yes
Decor - Rating / Rank 29.6% worse than average / 20th 1.4% worse than average / tied for 6th (w/11) 1.4% worse than average / tied for 6th (w/11) yes
Digital Clock yes yes no yes
Driver Side Express Window yes no no yes
Driving Range - Rating / Rank 16.1% shorter than average / 19th 2.5% longer than average / 7th 16.3% longer than average / 3rd yes
Driving Range (miles) 331.8 405.5 460 yes
Dual Temperature Air Conditioning no no no yes
Ease of Getting In & Out - Rating / Rank 16.6% better than average / tied for 4th 10.3% worse than average / tied for 12th (w3) 28.3% worse than average / tied for 20th (w/2) yes
Engine Heater no no no yes
Environmental Concerns - Rating / Rank 5% better than average / 7th 32.5% better than average / 1st 15% better than average / tied for 3rd yes
Ergonomics - Rating / Rank 7.1% worse than average / 15th 17.1% worse than average / 17th 21.4% worse than average / 18th yes
Fuel Capacity (gallons) 15.8 15.3 20 yes
Glass Tint yes yes yes yes
Head Rests yes yes yes yes
Heated Seats no no no yes
Heated Side Mirror no no no yes
Illuminated Entry System no no no yes
Illuminated Vanity Mirrors no no no yes
Instrument Panel Layout & Quality - Rating / Rank 0.3% better than average / tied for 10th 3.1% worse than average / tied for 12th (w/2) 17% worse than average / tied for 17th yes
Interior & Exterior Noise - Rating / Rank 10.9% noisier than avg / tied for 13th (w / 2) 53.1% noisier than average / tied for 20th 25% noisier than average / 18th yes
Keyless Entry no no no yes
Leather Seats / Upholstery no no no yes
Leather Wrapped Steering Wheel no no no yes
Luggage Rack no no no yes
Sunroof / Moonroof no no no yes
Map Lights no no no yes
Map Pockets yes no no yes
Memory System for Seats, Mirrors, Radio, etc. no no no yes
Number Of Dealerships 400 1,194 2,130 yes
Number Of Dealerships Rating / Rank 81.1% less than average / 18th 43.5% less than average / tied for 12th 0.8% more than average / tied for 9th yes
Percent of All Dealerships 1.7% 5.2% 9.3% yes
Power Accessory Outlet(s) yes yes no yes
Power Adjustable Pedals with Memory no no no yes
Power Antenna no no no yes
Power Door Locks yes no no yes
Power Lumbar Support no no no yes
Power Mirrors yes no yes yes
Power Seats no no no yes
Power Steering yes yes yes yes
Power Steering Cooler no no no yes
Power Trunk / Hood / Gas Cap yes no no yes
Power Windows yes no no yes
Rear Audio Controls & Headphone Jacks no no no yes
Rear Defogger yes yes yes yes
Rear Seat Ventilation no no no yes
Rear Wiper / Washer yes yes yes yes
Ride Quality - Rating / Rank 16.4% worse than average / tied for 17th 11.4% worse than average / tied for 14th 24.7% worse than average / 19th yes
Running Boards no no no yes
Sliding Rear Window no no no yes
Sound System Quality - Rating / Rank n/p 11% worse than average / 15th 18.7% better than average / tied for 2nd (w/4) yes
Spare Tire Cover yes no no yes
Telephone no no no yes
Tilt / Telescopic Steering yes yes no yes
Trunk Cargo Organizer no no no yes
Turning Cycle - Curb to Curb 34.8 33.5 35.9 yes
Turning Cycle - Rating / Rank 6.7% better than avg / tied for 3rd (w/3) 10.2% better than average / 1st 3.8% better than average / 8th yes
Two-tone Paint no no no yes
Universal Garage Door Opener no no no yes
Variable Assist Steering no no no yes
Wheels steel steel steel yes
White Design Tires no no no yes
Wood Interior Trim no no no yes
         
V. ROOMINESS        
Cargo Volume - Rating / Rank 49.1% smaller than average / 19th 55.2% smaller than average / 20th 10.8% smaller than average / 15th 48.1% smaller than average / 7th
Cargo Volume (cubic feet) 39.4 34.7 69 81.1
Driver / Passenger Room - Rate / Rank 8.1% worse than average / 14th 15.2% worse than average / tied for 18th 34% worse than average / 20th 0.4% better than average / 12th
Head Room (Front / Rear) (cu in.) 39.6 / 37.8 40 / 39.1 37.8 / 38 38.9 / 38.3
Hip Room (Front / Rear) (cu in.) 52.5 / 50.4 55.8 / 39.6 54.8 / 44.3 52.2 / 52.2
Leg Room (Front / Rear) (cu in.) 44.5 / 31.1 39.5 / 33.9 41.5 / 35 42.1 / 35
Passenger Number (Seating) 5 4 5 5
Passenger Number Rating / Rank 5.7% less than average / tied for 4th (w/14) 24.5% less than average / tied for 20th 5.7% less than average / tied for 4th (w/14) 5.7% less than average / tied for 4th (w/14)
Rear Folding Seats yes yes yes yes
Shoulder Room (Front / Rear) (cu in.) 54.4 / 54.4 53.3 / 50.2 54.7 / 54.7 56.3 / 56.3
Storage Compartments - Rating / Rank n/p 23.6% better than avg / tied for 1st (w/7) 15% worse than average / tied for 15 (w/2) 23.6% better than avg / tied for 1st (w/7)
         
VI. EXPERTS' CONSENSUS (****)        
Average of Overall Rating / Rank 7% advantage to list price / #1 4.6% disadvantage to list price / 13th 5% disadvantage to list price / tied for 14th 4.5% disadvantage / 12th
         
VII. POPULARITY        
Customer Satisfaction - Rating / Rank 80% worse than average / 20th 60% better than average / tied for 1st 20% worse than average / tied for 15th (w/2) average / tied for 6th (w/8)
Fashionableness - Rating / Rank 13% less than average / tied for 14th 13% less than average / tied for 14th 27.5% less than average / tied for 20th 23.2% more than average / 2nd
1997 / 1998 Sales not made / 28,582 67,489 / 64,990 130,041 / 146,298 63,627 / 59,889
1998 Sales - Rating / Rank 74.8% less than average / 20th 43.3% less than average / 12th 27.5% more tjhan average / 6th 47.8% less than average / 13th
Popularity Rank in its Price Range 3rd 2nd 1st 4th
Sales Trend - Rating / Rank first year in production 3.7% decline / 15th 12.5% rise / 8th 5.9% decline / 17th
Status Symbol - Rating / Rank 54.5% lower than average / 20th 39.4% lower than average / tied for 18th 39.4% lower than average / tied for 18th 24.2% lower than avg / tied for 13th (w/4)
         
VIII. ECONOMY        
Basic Warranty 36 months / 36,000 miles 36 months / 36,000 miles 36 months / 36,000 miles 36 months / 50,000 miles
Basic Warranty - Rating / Rank 5% less than average / tied for 5th (w/15) 5% less than average / tied for 5th (w/15) 5% less than average / tied for 5th (w/15)  
Fuel Economy City / Highway mpg 19 / 23 (avg 21) 24 / 29 (avg 26.5) 21 / 25 (avg 23) 21 / 24 (avg 22.5)
Fuel Economy - Rating / Rank 5% better than average / 7th 32.5% better than average / 1st 15% better than average / tied for 3rd 12.5% better than average / 5th
True Fuel Economy (per weight) - Rating / Rank 18.5% worse than average / 20th 11.1% worse than average / tied for 18th 3.7% better than average / tied for 4th (w/5) 18.5% better than average / tied for 1st
Included Equipment - Rating / Rank 94.2% less than average / 18th 288.4%less than average / 20th 72.7% less than average / 16th 51% less than average / 15th
Overall Warranty - Rating / Rank 0.5% worse than average / 12th 13.9% better than average / tied for 3rd (w/2) 14.1% worse than avg / tied for 17th (W/2) 7.1% better than average / 6th
Per Mile Cost of Operation - Rating / Rank 51.9% better than average / tied for 3rd 1.3% better than average / tied for 10th (w/2) 24.1% worse than average / tied for 13th (w/2) 24.1% worse than average / tied for 13th (w/2)
Powertrain Warranty 60 months / 60,000 miles 60 months / 60,000 miles 36 months / 36,000 miles 60 months / 60,000 miles
Resale Value - Rating / Rank 8.3% worse than average / tied for 6th (w/11) 65.1% better than average / tied for 1st 45% worse than average / tied for 19th 8.3% worse than average / tied for 6th (w/11)
Roadside Assistance - Rating / Rank 8.7% better than average / tied for 4th (w/10) 8.7% better than average / tied for 4th (w/10) 8.7% better than average / tied for 4th (w/10) 34.8% worse than average / tied for 3rd (w/5)
Rust Warranty 60 months / 100,000 miles 60 months / unlimited mileage 60 months / 100,000 miles 72 months / 100,000 miles
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Group 1   Kia Sportage 2wd 2dr conv. Toyota RAV4 Soft Top 2wd 2dr Jeep Cherokee S 2wd 2dr Isuzu Rodeo S 2wd 4dr

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Group 2   Mitsubishi Montero Sport ES 2wd 4dr Chevrolet Blazer 2wd 2dr Honda CRV LX 2wd (front) 4dr GMC Jimmy 2wd 2dr
Group 3   Ford Explorer Sport 2wd 2dr Toyota 4-Runner 2wd 4dr Chevrolet Tahoe 2wd 2dr Nissan Pathfinder XE 2wd 4dr
Group 4   Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 2wd 4dr Dodge Durango 2wd SLT 5.2 V8 4dr Mercury Mountaineer 2wd 4dr Ford Expedition 2wd XLT 4dr
Group 5   Oldsmobile Bravada Lexus RX-300 2wd (front) 4dr Mercedes ML320 Lincoln Navigator 2wd 4dr
Carvalu.com™ SCROLL DOWN COMPARISON CHART WITH ROUNDED DOLLAR FIGURES (*)
Copyright 1988-2010 Tommy Vig --Group Two of Five
         
  Mitsubishi Montero Sport ES 2wd 4dr Chevrolet Blazer 2wd 2dr Honda CRV LX 2wd (front) 4dr GMC Jimmy 2wd 2dr
         
Retail Price (MSRP) $18,300 $18,500 $18,500 $18,500
Wholesale Price (Invoice) $17,000 $16,700 $16,950 $16,770
Destination Charge $460 $530 $420 $530
Dealer Hold Back (Approximate) $370 $550 $370 $560
Value Per Professionals' Consensus (**) (+ / -) $16,390=[-$1910] $18,320=[-$180] $18,970=+$470 $17,330=[-$1170]
"Honest" Base Price ™ (***) - Rating / Rank $16,940 (7.5% disadv -$1,360) / 11th (w/2) $17,640 (4.5% disadv -$860) / tied for 7th $17,160 (7.5% disadv -$1,340) / 11th (w/2) $17,610 (5% disadvantage -$890) / 9th
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I. PERFORMANCE        
0-60 mph acceleration (seconds) 12.3 8.7 10.6 8.7
Acceleration - Rating / Rank 23.5% slower than average / 19th 12.7% quicker than average / tied for 3rd 6.4% slower than average / 15th 12.7% quicker than average / teid for 3rd
All Wheel Drive no no no no
"Attitude" More Truck-like More Truck-like More Truck-like More Truck-like
Cylinders 4 6 4 6
Cylinders- Rating / Rank 29.8% less than average / tied for 14th (w/6) 5.3% more than average / tied for 5th (w/8) 29.8% less than average / tied for 14th (w/6) 5.3% more than average / tied for 5th (w/8)
Displacement in Cubic Inches (ci) 143 262 120 262
Displacement - Rating / Rank 33.9% smaller than average / 16th 21% larger than average / tied for 5th (w/2) 44.6% smaller than average / 20th 21% larger than average / tied for 5th (w/2)
Engine Location / Drive Wheels front / rear front / rear front / rear front / rear
Engine Type 2.4L I4 4.3L V6 2.0L I4 4.3L V6
EPA Classification SPURP2WD SPURP2WD SPURP2WD SPURP2WD
4-Wheel Drive no no no no
Fuel Delivery System MPFI SEFI MPFI SEFI
Ground Clearance (inches) 7.7 8.1 8.1 8.1
Handling and Driveability - Rating / Rank 19.7% below average / tied for 18th 9.2% better than average / 6th 20.5% better than average / 2nd 1.2% better than average / tied for 8th (w/2)
Horsepower 132 190 146 190
Horsepower - Rating / Rank 28.7% less than average / 16th 2.6 more than average / tied for 9th (w/2) 21.2% less than average / 15th 2.6 more than average / tied for 9th (w/2)
Maximum Allowable Weight 4,731 lbs. 4,450 lbs. 4,166 lbs. 4,450 lbs.
Maximum Allowable Weight Rating / Rank 6.4% less than average / 11th 12% less than average / tied for 14th 17.6% less than average / 17th 12% less than average / tied for 14th
Off Road Ability - Rating / Rank 5.1% better than average / tied for 9th (w/2) 13.3% below average / 12th 47.5% below average / tied for 20th (w/2) 40.1% better than average / tied for 3rd
Overall Performance - Rating / Rank 41.2% worse than avg / tied for 15th (w/5) 41.2% worse than avg / tied for 15th (w/5) 17.6% worst than average / tied for 5th (w/4) 41.2% worse than avg / tied for 15th (w/5)
Payload (lbs.) 1230 950 1500 932
Payload Rating / Rank 2.7% less than average / 9th 24.9% less than average / 16th 18.6% better than average / 7th 26.3% less than averrage / 17th
Reviewers' Recommendation - Rating / Rank 23% less than avg / tied for 16th 20% less than avg / tied for 12th (w/3) 12% more than avg / tied for 7th 20% less than avg / tied for 12th ( w/3)
Standard Transmission 5 speed manual 5 speed manual 4 speed automatic 5 speed manual
Steering recirc recirc. rack & pinion recirc.
Stroke 100 88.4 89 88.4
Suspension (Front / Rear) independent / live independent / live independent / independent independent / live
Top Speed 107 mph 115 mph 96 mph 115 mph
Top Speed-Rating / Rank 0.4% faster than average / 11th 4.9% faster than average / tied for 7th (w/2) 12.4% slower than average / 18th 4.9% faster than average / tied for 7th (w/2)
Torque 148 @ 2,750 250 @ 2,800 133 @ 4,500 250 @ 2800
Tow Capacity / Hauling (lbs.) 1,500 4,000 1,000 4,500
Tow Capacity / Hauling-Rating / Rank 57.7% less than average / tied for 18th 12.7% more than average / 9th 70.8% less than average / 20th 26.8% more than average / 8th
Trailering Equipment no yes no yes
Transmission Quality - Rating / Rank 13.7% worse than avg / tied for 13th (w/6) 13.7% worse than avg / tied for 13th (w/6) 0.7% better than average / tied for 9th (w/3) 0.7% better than average / tied for 9th (w/3)
Valves 16 12 16 12
Valves - Rating / Rank 3.2% better than average / teid for 4th (w/8) 22.6% less than average / tied for 13th (w/6) 3.2% better than average / tied for 4th (w/8) 22.6% less than average / tied for 4th (w/6)
Weight Distribution Front / Rear 52 / 48 54 / 46 56 / 44 54 / 46
         
II. RELIABILITY        
Battery - Rating / Rank 582 525 405 525
Battery Amps 6.1% more than average / tied for 9th (w/2) 4.3% less than average / tied for 12th (w/3) 26.2% less than average / 18th 4.3% less than average / tied for 12th (w/3)
Cold Climate Package no no no no
Frequency of Repair - Rating / Rank 23.6% worse than average / tied for 17th 16.7% worse than average / 15th 4.2% better than average / tied for 11th 9.7% worse than average / 14th
General - Rating / Rankng 6% worse than avg / tied for 15th (w/4) 6% worse than avg / tied for 15th ( w/4) 11% better than avg / tied for 3rd 6% worse than avg / tied for 15th (w/4)
Number of Complaints - Rating / Rank 64.4% less (better) than avg / 6th 68.5% less (better) than avg / 5th 100% less (better) than avg / tied for 1st 43.8% less (better) than avg / 9th
Model Year of Production 8th 5th 3rd 5th
Recalls - Rank tied for 1st (w/11) (no recalls) tied for 1st (w/11) (no recalls) tied for 1st (w/11) (no recalls) tied for 1st (no recalls)
Reputation of Manufacturer - Rating / Rank 20% worse than average / tied for 18th 6.3% worse than average / tied for 6th (w/11) 9.4% better than average / 5th 6.3% worse than average / tied for 6th (w/11)
         
III. SAFETY        
60 mph-0 Braking Distance (feet) 143 146 138 146
60 mph-0 Braking Distance - Rating / Rank 5.1% shorter (better) than average / 6th 3.1% shorter ( better) than avg. / tied for 8th 8.4% shorter (better) than avg. / tied for 3rd 3.1% shorter (better) than avg. / tied for 8th
Anti-lock Brake System (ABS) no yes no yes
Auto Leveling Suspension System n/p (not published) n/p n/p n/p
Brakes (Front / Rear) disc / drum disc / disc disc / drum disc / disc
Brake Quality - Rating / Rank 4.8% worse than average / 14th 14.3% better than average / tied for 2nd (w/2) 4.8% better than average / 8th 14.3% better than average / tied for 2nd (w/3)
Bumper Strength poor poor n/p poor
Cargo Net no no no no
Curb Weight (lbs.) 3,510 3,531 3,126 3,536
Curb Weight Rank 14th 13th 17th 12th
Day / Night Rear View Mirror yes yes yes yes
Daylight Running Lights no yes no yes
Driver Air Bag yes yes yes
Dual Note Horn no yes no yes
First Aid Kit no no no no
Fog Lights no no no no
Front, Back, & Side Visibility - Rating / Rank 15.4% better than average / tied for 1st (w/5) 27.9% worse than average / 19th 8.1% better than average / tied for 8th 71% worse than average / 20th
Global Position / Navigation System (GPS) no no no no
Halogen Headlights no no yes no
Height (inches) 67.5 64.9 65.9 64.7
Insurance Company Rating / Rank 84.4% worse than avg / tied for 20th (w/2) 21.9% worse than avg / tied for 9th (w/8) 56.3% better than average / tied for 1st (w/8) 84.4% worse than avg / tied for 20th (w/2)
Length (inches) 178.3 176.8 177.6 176.8
Maneuverability - Rating / Rank 25.9% worse than average / 17th 9.2% better than average / tied for 4th (w/7) 1.4% better than average / tied for 12th 9.2% better than average / tied for 4th (w/7)
NHTSA, etc. Frontal Crash Test Results-R/R 30.1% worse than average / tied for 20th 0.9% better than average / tied for 10th (w/2) 24.2% better than average / tied for 2nd 0.9% better than average / tied for 10th (w/2)
Occupant Injury Statistics Rating n/p 12.1% worse than avg / tied for 13th (w/4) 12.1% worse than avg / tied for 13th (w/4) 12.1% worse than avg / tied for 13th (w/4)
Overall Size - Rating / Rank 2.5% smaller than average / 16th 2.8% smaller than average / 17th 2% smaller than average / 14th 2.4% smaller than average / 15th
Passenger Air Bag yes yes yes yes
Power Brakes yes yes yes yes
Reverse Sensing System no no no no
Road Holding Index 0.67 0.72 0.75 0.70
Road Holding Index - Rating / Rank 5.6% worse than average / 18th 1.4% better than avg./ tied for 6th 5.6% better than avg. / 3rd 1.4% worse than avg. / tied for 13th (w/3)
Side Air Bag no no no no
Side Crash Protect no yes no yes
Skid Plates yes no no no
Spare Tire Type fullsize fullsize fullsize fullsize
Stability Bars (Front/Rear) (inches) 1.22 / 1.02 1.30 / 0.91   1.30 / 0.91
Theft Deterrent System no yes no yes
Theft Frequency very high average n/p average
Tires 225 / 75 R 15 235 / 70 R 15 205 / 70 R 15 235 / 70 R 15
Tires Quality Rating / Rank n/p 6.6% better than average / tied for 6th 3.1% worse than average / tied for 12th (w/5) 6.6% better than average / tied for 6th
Traction (Front / Rear) 155.9 / 56.5 55 / 54.6 60.4 / 60.4 55 / 54.6
Traction Control n/p no n/p no
Wheelbase (inches) 107.3 100.5 103.2 100.5
Width (inches) 66.7 67.8 68.9 67.8
         
IV. COMFORT        
Air Cleaning no no yes no
Air Conditioning no yes yes yes
AM / FM Radio yes yes yes yes
Arm Rests yes yes yes yes
Automatic Climate Control no no no no
Automatic Headlights no yes no yes
Automatic Parking Brake Release n/p n/p n/p n/p
Automatic Seat Belts no no no no
Availability of Parts - Rating / Rank 76.2% worse than avg / 17th 103.5% better than avg / tied for 3rd (w/2) 54.8% worse than avg / 15th 103.5% better than avg / tied for 3rd (w/2)
Bucket Seats yes yes yes yes
Built In Cupholders yes yes yes yes
Cargo Tie Down Hooks yes yes yes yes
Cassette Player no yes yes yes
CD Player yes no no no
Chime Headlights On Warning yes yes yes yes
Chrome Grill no yes no yes
Console Operation - Rating / Rank 27.8% worse than avg / tied for 20th (w/2) 12.6% better than average / 2nd 4.7% better than average / tied for 6th (w/7) 8.3% better than average / tied for 3rd (w/2)
Contour - Rating / Rank 25.2% worse than avg / tied for 20th (w/2) 6.5% better than average / tied for 7th (w/10) 6.5% better than average / tied for 7th (w/10) 12.1% better than average / tied for 4th (w/2)
Cruise Control no no yes no
Dealership Experience - Rating / Rank 34% worse than avg / 18th 22% better than avg / 6th 22% worse than avg / 16th 23% better than avg / tied for 3rd (w/2)
Decor - Rating / Rank 1.4% worse than average / tied for 6th (w/11) 1.4% worse than average / tied for 6th (w/11) 15.5% worse than average / tied for 18th 15.5% worse than average / tied for 18th
Digital Clock no yes yes yes
Driver Side Express Window no no yes no
Driving Range - Rating / Rank 13.4% longer than average / 5th 3.9% shorter than average / tied for 9th 7.2% shorter than average / 16th 3.9% shorter than average / tied for 9th
Driving Range (miles) 448.5 380 367.2 380
Dual Temperature Air Conditioning no yes yes yes
Ease of Getting In & Out - Rating / Rank 28.3% worse than average / tied for 20th 10.3% worse than avg / tied for 12th (w/3) 7.6% better than average / tied for 6th (w/4) 28.3% worse than average / tied for 20th
Engine Heater no no no no
Environmental Concerns - Rating / Rank 15% better than average / tied for 3rd average / tied for 10 (w/2) 20% better than average / 2nd average / tied for 10th (w/2)
Ergonomics - Rating / Rank 28.5% worse than average / 20th 5.6% worse than average / 14th 9.9% worse than average / 16th 11.5% better than average / tied for 3rd
Fuel Capacity (gallons) 19.5 19 15.3 19
Glass Tint yes yes yes yes
Head Rests yes yes yes yes
Heated Seats no no no no
Heated Side Mirror no no no no
Illuminated Entry System no no no no
Illuminated Vanity Mirrors no no no no
Instrument Panel Layout & Quality - Rating / Rank 30.8% worse than average / 20th 3.1% worse than average / tied for 12th (w2) 3.8% better than average / tied for 7th (w/2) 24.6% better than average / tied for 1st
Interior & Exterior Noise - Rating / Rank 53.1% noisier than average / tied for 20th 1.5% noisier than average / 11th 10.9% noisier than avg / tied for 13th (w/2) 15.6% noiser than average / 17th
Keyless Entry no yes no no
Leather Seats / Upholstery no no no no
Leather Wrapped Steering Wheel no no no no
Luggage Rack no yes no yes
Sunroof / Moonroof no no no no
Map Lights yes no yes no
Map Pockets yes yes yes yes
Memory System for Seats, Mirrors, Radio, etc. no no no no
Number Of Dealerships 502 4,300 956 4,300
Number Of Dealerships Rating / Rank 76.2% less than average / 17th 103.5% more than avg / tied for 3rd (w/2) 54.8% less than average / 15th 103.5% more than avg / tied for 3rd (w/2)
Percent of All Dealerships 2.2% 18.7% 4.2% 18.7%
Power Accessory Outlet(s) yes yes yes yes
Power Adjustable Pedals with Memory no no no no
Power Antenna no no no no
Power Door Locks no no yes no
Power Lumbar Support no no no no
Power Mirrors no yes yes yes
Power Seats no no no no
Power Steering yes yes yes yes
Power Steering Cooler no no no no
Power Trunk / Hood / Gas Cap no no yes no
Power Windows no no yes no
Rear Audio Controls & Headphone Jacks no no no no
Rear Defogger yes yes yes yes
Rear Seat Ventilation no no yes no
Rear Wiper / Washer yes yes yes yes
Ride Quality - Rating / Rank 37.3% worse than average / 20th 0.3% better than average / tied for 9th (w/2) 4.7% worse than average / tied for 12 12% better than average / 7th
Running Boards no no no no
Sliding Rear Window no no no no
Sound System Quality - Rating / Rank 18.7% better than average / tied for 2nd (w/4) 25.8% worse than avg / tied for 16th (w/3) 40.7% worse than average / 20th 25.8% worse than avg / tied for 16th (w/3)
Spare Tire Cover no no yes no
Telephone no no no no
Tilt / Telescopic Steering yes yes yes yes
Trunk Cargo Organizer no no no no
Turning Cycle - Curb to Curb 40.7 34.8 34.8 34.8
Turning Cycle - Rating / Rank 9.1% worse than average / 19th 6.7% better than avg / tied for 3rd (w/3) 6.7% better than avg / tied for 3rd (w/3) 6.7% better than avg / tied for 3rd (w/3)
Two-tone Paint no no no no
Universal Garage Door Opener no no no no
Variable Assist Steering no yes no yes
Wheels steel alloy steel alloy
White Design Tires no no no no
Wood Interior Trim no no no no
         
V. ROOMINESS        
Cargo Volume - Rating / Rank 2.1% bigger than average / 10th 13.5% smaller than average / 17th 13.2% smaller than average / 16th 13.5% smaller than average / 17th
Cargo Volume (cubic feet) 79 66.9 67.2 66.9
Driver / Passenger Room - Rate / Rank 15.2% worse than average / tied for 18th 14.7% worse than average / tied for 16th 9.8% worse than average / 15th 14.7% worse than average / tied for 16th
Head Room (Front / Rear) (cu in.) 38.9 / 37.3 39.6 / 38.3 40.5 / 39.2 39.6 / 38.3
Hip Room (Front / Rear) (cu in.) 53.1 / 50.8 52 / 40.5 53.4 / 50.7 52 / 40.4
Leg Room (Front / Rear) (cu in.) 42.8 / 33.5 42.4 / 35.6 41.5 / 36.7 42.4 / 35.6
Passenger Number (Seating) 5 5 5 5
Passenger Number Rating / Rank 5.7% less than average / tied for 4th (w/14) 5.7% less than average / tied for 4th (w/14) 5.7% less than average / tied for 4th (w/14) 5.7% less than average / tied for 4th (w/14)
Rear Folding Seats yes yes yes yes
Shoulder Room (Front / Rear) (cu in.) 55.5 / 55.5 57.7 / 55.6 53.4 / 50.7 57.7 / 55.6
Storage Compartments-Rating/Rank n/p 15% worse than average / tied for 15 (w/2) 23.6% better than avg / tied for 1st (w/7) 15% worse than average / tied for 15 (w/2)
         
VI. EXPERTS' CONSENSUS (****)        
Average of Overall Rating / Rank 10.4% disadvantage to list price / 20th 1% disadvantage to list price / 7th 2.5% advantage to list price / 3rd 6.3% disadvantage to list price / 16th
         
VII. POPULARITY        
Customer Satisfaction - Rating / Rank 20% better than average / 5th 20% worse than average / tied for 15th (w/2) average / tied for 6th (w/8) 20% worse than average / tied for 15th (w/2)
Fashionableness - Rating / Rank 8.7% more than average / tied for 6th (w/3) 8.7% more than average / tied for 6th (w/3) 13% less than average / tied for 14th (w/3) 8.7% more than average / tied for 6th (w/3)
1997 / 1998 Sales 31,659 / 38,439 219,710 / 219,710 128,496 / 100,582 75,817 / 72,301
1998 Sales - Rating / Rank 66.5% less than average / 17th 91.5% more than average / 4th 12.3% less than average / 9th 37% less than average / 10th
Popularity Rank in its Price Range 5th 1st 2nd 3rd
Sales Trend - Rating / Rank 21.4% rise / 7th 0.8% decline / 14th 50.7% rise / 6th 4.6% decline / 18th
Status Symbol - Rating / Rank 24.2% lower than avg / tied for 13th (w/4) 24.2% lower than avg / tied for 13th (w/4) 24.2% lower than avg / tied for 13th (w/4) 24.2% lower than avg / tied for 13th (w/4)
         
VIII. ECONOMY        
Basic Warranty 36 months / 36,000 miles 36 months / 36,000 miles 36 months / 36,000 miles 36 months / 36,000 miles
Basic Warranty - Rating / Rank 5% less than average / tied for 5th (w/15) 5% less than average / tied for 5th (w/15) 5% less than average / tied for 5th (w/15) 5% less than average / tied for 5th (w/15)
Fuel Economy City / Highway mpg 22 / 24 (avg 23) 17 / 23 (avg 20) 23 / 25 (avg 24) 17 / 23 (avg 20)
Fuel Economy - Rating / Rank 15% better than average / tied for 3rd average / tied for 10th (w/2) 20% better than average / 2nd average / tied for 10th (w/2)
True Fuel Economy (per weight) - Rating / Rank 18.5% better than average / tied for 1st 3.7% worse than average / tied for 10th (w/7) 3.7% better than average / tied for 4th (w/5) 3.7% worse than average / tied for 10th (w/7)
Included Equipment - Rating / Rank 7.9% less than average / tied for 11th (w/2) 35.3% more than average / tied for 7th 7.9% less than average / tied for 11th (w/2) 28.1% more than average / 9th
Overall Warranty - Rating / Rank 6.3% better than average / 7th 10.7% worse than avg / tied for 13th (w/3) 0.3% better than average / tied for 8th (w/3) 10.7% worse than avg / tied for 13th (w/3)
Per Mile Cost of Operation - Rating / Rank 49.4% worse than average / tied for 16th 26.6% better than average / tied for 5th (w/4) 49.4% worse than average / tied for 16th 26.6% better than average / tied for 5th (w/4)
Powertrain Warranty 60 months / 60,000 miles 36 months / 36,000 miles 36 months / 36,000 miles 36 months / 36,000 miles
Resale Value - Rating / Rank 8.3% worse than average / tied for 6th (w/11) 26.6% worse than average / 18th 8.3% worse than average / tied for 6th (w/11) 45% worse than average / tied for 19th
Roadside Assistance - Rating / Rank 34.8% worse than average / tied for 3rd (w/5) 34.8% worse than average / tied for 3rd (w/5) 34.8% worse than average / tied for 3rd (w/5) 8.7% better than average / tied for 4th (w/10)
Rust Warranty 84 months / 100,000 miles 72 months / 100,000 miles 60 months / unlimited mileage 72 months / 100,000 miles
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Retail Price (MSRP) $20,000 $21,000 $24,000 $24,100
Wholesale Price (Invoice) $18,270 $18,360 $21,000 $21,950
Destination Charge $520 $420 $640 $520
Dealer Hold Back (Approximate) $600 $370 $720 $770
Value Per Professionals' Consensus (**) (+ / -) $21,290=+$1290 $20,460=[-$540] 23,700=[-$300] $21, 960=[-$2140]
"Honest" Base Price ™ (***) - Rating / Rank $20,870 (4% advantage +$870) / tied for 2nd $16,680 (20.5% disadvantage -$4,320) / 19th $24,980 (4% advantage +$980) / tied for 2nd $21,010 (13% disadvantage -$3,090) / 18th
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I. PERFORMANCE        
0-60 mph aAcceleration (seconds) 8.8 12.2 7.8 9.8
Acceleration - Rating / Rank 12% quicker than average / 5th 22.5% slower than average / 18th 21.7% quicker than average / 1st 1.6% quicker than average / 11th
All Wheel Drive no no no no
"Attitude" More Truck-like More Truck-like More Truck-like More Truck-like
Cylinders 6 4 8 6
Cylinders- Rating / Rank 5.3% more than average / tied for 5th (w/8) 29.8% less than average / tied for 14th (w/6) 40.4% more than average / tied for 1st (w/3) 5.3% more than average / tied for 5th (w/8)
Displacement in Cubic Inches (ci) 245 164 350 200
Displacement - Rating / Rank 13.2% larger than average / tied for 8th 24.2% smaller than average / 14th 61.7% larger than average / 1st 7.6% smaller than average / 11th
Engine Location / Drive Wheels front / rear front / rear front / rear front / rear
Engine Type 4.0 L V6 2.7 L I4 5.7L V8 3.3L V6
EPA Classification SPURP2WD SPURP2WD SPURP2WD SPURP2WD
4-Wheel Drive no no no no
Fuel Delivery System SEFI SEFI SEFI SEFI
Ground Clearance (inches) 6.7 9.8 7.2 7.5
Handling and Driveability - Rating / Rank 5% below average / tied for 12th (w/2) 24.5% below average / 20th 0.4% below average / 11th 15.7% better than average / tied for 3rd
Horsepower 160 150 255 168
Horsepower - Rating / Rank 13.6% less than average / 13th 19% less than average / 14th 37.7% more than average / 2nd 9.3% less than average / 12th
Maximum Allowable Weight 4,425 lbs. 5,250 lbs. 6,100 lbs. 3,700 lbs.
Maximum Allowable Weight Rating / Rank 12.5% less than average / 16th 3.8% more than average / 8th 20.6% more than average / 3rd 26.8% less than average / 19th
Off Road Ability - Rating / Rank 38.7% below average / tied for 16th 57.6% better than average / tied for 1st 21.2% below average / 14th 47.5% below average / tied for 20th (w/2)
Overall Performance - Rating / Rank 37.3% better than average / tied for 3rd 17.6% better than average / tied for 5th (w/4) 41.2% worse than avg / tied for 15th (w/5) 21.6% worse than average / tied for 13th
Payload (lbs.) 750 1810 1590 900
Payload Rating / Rank 40.7% less than average / 20th 43.2% more than averrage / 1st 25.8% more than average / 6th 28.8% less than average / 18th
Reviewers' Recommendation - Rating / Rank 28% more than avg / tied for 3rd 12% more than avg / tied for 6th w/2 26% less than avg / 18th 9% more than avg / 9th
Standard Transmission 5 speed manual 4 speed automatic 4 speed automatic 5 speed manual
Steering rack & pinion rack & pinion recirc rack & pinion
Stroke 84.3 95 88.4 83
Suspension (Front / Rear) independent / live independent / live independent / live independent / live
Top Speed 106 mph 105 mph 117 mph 103 mph
Top Speed-Rating / Rank 3.3% slower than average / 14th 4.2% slower than avg / 15th 6.8% faster than average / tied for 4th (w/2) 6% slower than average / 16th
Torque 225 @ 2,750 117 @ 4,000 330 @ 2,800 196 @ 2,800
Tow Capacity / Hauling (lbs.) 2,000 3,500 5,000 3,500
Tow Capacity / Hauling-Rating / Rank 43.7% less than average / tied for 14th (w/3) 1.4% less than average / tied for 10th (w/2) 40.8% more than average / tied for 4th (w/2) 1.4% less than average / tied for 10th (w/2)
Trailering Equipment no no yes no
Transmission Quality - Rating / Rank 15.1% better than average / tied for 1st (w/7) 15.1% better than average / tied for 1st (w/7) 15.1% better than average / tied for 1st (w/7) 13.7% worse than avg / tied for 13th (w/6)
Valves 12 16 16 12
Valves - Rating / Rank 22.6% less than average/ tied for 13th (w/6) 3.2% more than average / tied for 4th (w/8) 3.2% more than average / tied for 4th (w/2) 22.6% less than average / tied for 13th (w/6)
Weight Distribution Front / Rear 52 / 48 53 / 47 53 / 47 53 / 47
         
II. RELIABILITY        
Battery - Rating / Rank 18.5% better than avg / tied for 1st (w/3) 6.1% better than average / tied for 9th (w/2) 9.4% better than average / tied for 6th (w/2) 4.3% less than average / tied for 12th (w/3)
Battery Amps 650 582 600 525
Cold Climate Package no no no no
Frequency of Repair - Rating / Rank 4.2% better than average / tied for 11th 25% better than average / 2nd 5.6% better than average / tied for 9th 11.1% better than average / tied for 4th (w/3)
General Rating / Rank 8% better than avg / tied for 5th 8% better than avg / tied for 5th 6% worse than avg / tied for 15th w/4 2% better than avg / tied for 7th
Number of Complaints - Rating / Rank 42.5% less (better) than avg / 10th 76.7% less (better) than avg / 9th 95.9% more (worse) than avg / 17th 79.5% less (better) than avg / 3rd
Model Year of Production 5th 4th n/p (not published) 4th
Recalls - Rank 14th tied for 1st (w/11) (no recalls) tied for 1st (w/11) (no recalls) tied for 1st (w/11) (no recalls)
Reputation of Manufacturer - Rating / Rank 6.3% worse than average / tied for 6th (w/11) 25% better than average / tied for 3rd 6.3% worse than average / tied for 6th (w/11) 6.3% worse than average / tied for 6th (w/11)
         
III. SAFETY        
60 mph-0 Braking Distance (feet) 180 150 148 154
60 mph-0 Braking Distance - Rating / Rank 19.4% below average / 19th 0.5% better than average / 13th 1.8% better than average / 11th 2.2% worse than average / 14th
Anti-lock Brake System (ABS) yes no yes yes
Auto Leveling Suspension System no no no no
Brakes (Front / Rear) disc / disc disc / drum disc / drum disc / disc
Brake Quality - Rating / Rank 13% better than average / tied for 4th 1% worse than average / 12th 18.1% worse than average / tied for 16th 2.9% better than average / 9th
Bumper Strength poor poor n/p n/p
Cargo Net no no no yes
Curb Weight (lbs.) 3,675 3,440 4,525 3,700
Curb Weight Rank 11th 16th 3rd 9th
Day / Night Rear View Mirror yes no yes no
Daylight Running Lights no no yes no
Driver Air Bag yes yes yes yes
Dual Note Horn yes no no no
First Aid Kit no no no no
Fog Lights no no no no
Front, Back, & Side Visibility - Rating / Rank 6% below average / 17th 15.4% better than average / tied for 1st (w/5) 15.4% better than average / tied for 1st (w/5) 11% better than average / 7th
Global Position / Navigation System (GPS) no no no no
Halogen Headlights yes yes yes yes
Height (inches) 67.1 67.5 71.4 67.1
Insurance Company Rating / Rank 56.3% better than average/tied for 1st (w/7) 84.4% worse than avg / tied for 20th (w/2) 56.3% better than averrage / tied for 1st (w/6) 21.9% worse than average / tied for 9th (w/8)
Length (inches) 180.8 183.2 188 178.3
Maneuverability - Rating / Rank 1.4% better than average / tied for 12th 45.4% worse than average / 20th 6.4% worse than average / tied for 14th 24.9% better than average / tied for 2nd
NHTSA, etc. Frontal Crash Test Results-R/R 8.7% better than average / tied for 4th (w/5) 24.2% better than average / tied for 2nd 8.7% better than average / tied for 4th (w/5) 22.4% worse than avg / tied for 16th (w/2)
Occupant Injury Statistics Rating 23% better than average / tied for 4th 29.7% worse than average / 18th 58.2% better than avg / tied for 1st (w/2) 12.1% worse than avg / tied for 13th (w/4)
Overall Size - Rating / Rank 0.2% smaller than average / 8th 0.5% smaller than average / 10th 5.4% bigger than average / 3rd 1.4% smaller than average / 12th
Passenger Air Bag yes yes yes yes
Power Brakes yes yes yes yes
Reverse Sensing System no no no no
Road Holding Index 0.72 n/p 0.76 0.68
Road Holding Index - Rating / Rank 1.4% better than average / 6th n/p 7% better than average / 2nd 4.2% worse than average / 17th
Side Air Bag no no no no
Side Crash Protect yes yes yes yes
Skid Plates no no no no
Spare Tire Type fullsize fullsize fullsize fullsize
Stability Bars (Front/Rear) (inches) 1.34 / 0.77 1.02 / 0.75 1.25 / n/p 1.06 / 0.59
Theft Deterrent System yes no yes yes
Theft Frequency average high average very high
Tires 235 / 75 R 15 225 / 75 R 15 235 / 75 R 15 235 / 70 R 15
Tires Quality Rating / Rank 3.1% below the average / tied for 12th (w/5) 16.3% better than average / (w/3) n/p 41.9% worse than average / 20th
Traction (Front / Rear) 58.5 / 58.5 59.3 / 58.9 63.6 / 63.6 58.3 / 58.5
Traction Control no no no no
Wheelbase (inches) 101.7 105.3 111.5 106.3
Width (inches) 70.2 66.5 77.1 68.7
         
IV. COMFORT        
Air Cleaning no no no no
Air Conditioning yes no no yes
AM / FM Radio yes yes yes yes
Arm Rests yes yes yes yes
Automatic Climate Control no no no no
Automatic Headlights no yes no no
Automatic Parking Brake Release n/p n/p n/p n/p
Automatic Seat Belts no no no no
Availability of Parts - Rating / Rank 111.9% better than the avg / tied for 1st 43.5% better than average / tied for 12th 103.5% better than avg / tied for 3rd (w/2) 47.9% worse than avg / 14th
Bucket Seats yes yes yes yes
Built In Cupholders yes yes yes yes
Cargo Tie Down Hooks yes yes yes yes
Cassette Player yes no no yes
CD Player no no no yes
Chime Headlights On Warning yes yes yes yes
Chrome Grill no yes no no
Console Operation - Rating / Rank 8.3% better than average / tied for 3rd (w/2) 4.7% better than average / tied for 6th (w/7) 8.3% better than average / tied for 3rd (w/2) 4% better than average / tied for 14th
Contour - Rating / Rank 6.5% below average / tied for 7th (w/10) 6.5% below average / tied for 7th (w/10) 6.5% below average / tied for 7th (w/10) 25.2% worse than avg / tied for 20th (w/2)
Cruise Control no no no no
Dealership Experience- Rating / Rank 16% better than average / tied for 9th 37% worse than average / tied for 20th 22% better than average / tied for 6th 30% worse than average / 17th
Decor - Rating / Rank 1.4% worse than average / tied for 6th (w/11) 12.7% better than average / tied for 2nd (w/3) 1.4% worse than average / tied for 6th (w/11) 1.4% worse than average / tied for 6th (w/11)
Digital Clock yes no no yes
Driver Side Express Window yes no no no
Driving Range - Rating / Rank 9.3% shorter the average / 18th 4.1% shorter than average / tied for 12th 21.3% longer than average / 1st 4% shorter than average / 11th
Driving Range (miles) 358.8 379.3 480 379.8
Dual Temperature Air Conditioning yes no no yes
Ease of Getting In & Out - Rating / Rank 7.6 % better than average / tied for 6th (w/4) 7.6 % better than average / tied for 6th (w/4) 16.6% better than average / tied for 4th 10.3% worse than avg / tied for 12th (w/3)
Engine Heater no no no no
Environmental Concerns - Rating / Rank 2.5 % better than average / tied for 8th 2.5 % better than average / tied for 8th 20% worse than average / 18th 10% worse than average / tied for 15th
Ergonomics - Rating / Rank 2.9 % better than average / 12th 2.8% worse than average / 13th 11.5% better than average / 3rd 8.6% better than average / tied for 5th (w/2)
Fuel Capacity (gallons) 17.5 18.5 30 21
Glass Tint yes yes yes yes
Head Rests yes yes yes yes
Heated Seats no no no no
Heated Side Mirror no no no no
Illuminated Entry System yes no yes no
Illuminated Vanity Mirrors yes no no no
Instrument Panel Layout & Quality - Rating / Rank 10.7% better than average / tied for 4th 17% worse than average / tied for 17th 24.6% better than average / tied for 1st 6.6% worse than average / tied for 15th
Interior & Exterior Noise - Rating / Rank 10.9% noisier than avg. / tied for 13th (w/2) 11.8% noisier than average / 16th 40.7% quieter than average / 1st 0.6% noiser than average / 10th
Keyless Entry yes no no no
Leather Seats / Upholstery no no no no
Leather Wrapped Steering Wheel yes no no no
Luggage Rack yes      
Map Lights yes no yes yes
Map Pockets yes yes yes yes
Memory System for Seats, Mirrors, Radio, etc. no no no no
Number Of Dealerships 4,477 1,194 4,300 1,100
Number Of Dealerships Rating / Rank 111.9% more than average / tied for 1st 43.5% less than average / tied for 12th 103.5% more than avg / tied for 3rd (w/2) 47.9% less than average / 14th
Percent of All Dealerships 19.5% 5.2% 18.7% 4.8%
Power Accessory Outlet(s) yes yes yes yes
Power Adjustable Pedals with Memory no no no no
Power Antenna no no no no
Power Door Locks yes no yes yes
Power Lumbar Support no no no no
Power Mirrors yes no yes yes
Power Seats no no no no
Power Steering yes yes yes yes
Power Steering Cooler no no no no
Power Trunk / Hood / Gas Cap yes yes no yes
Power Windows yes no no yes
Rear Audio Controls & Headphone Jacks no no no no
Rear Defogger yes yes no yes
Rear Seat Ventilation no no yes no
Rear Wiper / Washer yes yes yes yes
Ride Quality - Rating / Rank 11.4 % below average / tied for 14th 3.2% better than average / 8th 14.3% worse than average / 16th 0.3% better than average / tied for 9th (w/2)
Running Boards no no no no
Sliding Rear Window no yes no no
Sound System Quality - Rating / Rank 23.5% better than average / tied for 2nd (w/4) 25.8% worse than avg / tied for 16th (w/3) n/p 33.5% better than average / 1st
Spare Tire Cover no no no no
Sunroof / Moonroof no no no no
Telephone no no no no
Tilt / Telescopic Steering yes no yes yes
Trunk Cargo Organizer no no no no
Turning Cycle - Curb to Curb 34.7 38.1 38.1 35.4
Turning Cycle - Rating / Rank 7% better than average / 2nd 2.1% worse than average / tied for 12th 2.1% worse than average / tied for 12th 5.1% better than average / 7th
Two-tone Paint no no no no
Universal Garage Door Opener no no no no
Variable Assist Steering no no yes no
Wheels alloy steel steel chrome
White Design Tires no no no no
Wood Interior Trim no no no no
         
V. ROOMINESS        
Cargo Volume - Rating / Rank 7.6 % bigger than average / tied for 4th (w/3) 3.1% bigger than average / 9th 28.4% bigger than average / 3rd 9.9% bigger than average / 6th
Cargo Volume (cubic feet) 69.4 79.8 99.4 85
Driver/Passenger Room-Rate/Rank 3.2 % bigger than avg / 8th 1.4% bigger than average / tied for 9th 15.5% bigger than average / 3rd 1% worse than average / 12th
Head Room (Front / Rear) (cu in.) 39.3 / 39.3 39.3 / 38.7 39.9 / 37.8 39.5 / 37.5
Hip Room (Front / Rear) (cu in.) 51.4 / 43.6 49.8 / 51.3 60 / 60.7 54.1 / 51.5
Leg Room (Front / Rear) (cu in.) 42.4 / 34.5 42.6 / 35 41.9 / 36.4 41.7 / 31.8
Passenger Number (Seating) 4 5 5 5
Passenger Number Rating / Rank 24.5% less than average / tied for 20th 5.7% less than average / tied for 4th (w/14) 5.7% less than average / tied for 4th (w/14) 5.7% less than average / tied for 4th (w/14)
Rear Folding Seats yes yes yes yes
Shoulder Room (Front / Rear) (cu in.) 56.7 / 58 53.6 / 53.3 65.4 / 66 56.6 / 56.4
Storage Compartments-Rating/Rank 69.1% less than the average/20th 23.6% better than avg / tied for 1st (w/7) n/p 7.3% worse than average / 14th
         
VI. EXPERTS' CONSENSUS (****)        
Average of Overall Rating / Rank 6.5% adv. to list price / 2nd 2.6% disadv. to list price / 11th 1.3% disadv. to list price / tied for 9th 8.9% disadv. to list price / 18th
         
VII. POPULARITY        
Customer Satisfaction - Rating / Rank 40% better than average / tied for 3rd 60% better than average / tied for 1st average / tied for 6th (w/8) 40% better than average / tied for 3rd
Fashionableness - Rating / Rank 1.4% more than avg / tied for 10th (w/2) 13% less than average / tied for 14th (w/3) 27.5% less than average / tied for 20th 1.4% more than avg / tied for 10th (w/2)
1997 / 1998 Sales 338,852 / 431488 128,496 / 118,484 133,235 / 133,235 73,365 / 68,003
1998 Sales - Rating / Rank 276.2% more than the average / 1st 3.3% more than average / 8th 16.1% more than average / 7th 40.7% less than average / 11th
Popularity Rank in its Price Range 1st 2nd 3rd 4th
Sales Trend - Rating / Rank 12.4% rise / 9th 7.8% decline / 19th 7.3% rise / 10th 7.3% decline / 18th
Status Symbol - Rating / Rank 9.1% lower than average / tied for 11th 9.1% lower than average / tied for 11th 6.1% higher than avg / tied for 7th (w/3) 6.1% higher than avg / tied for 7th (w/3)
         
VIII. ECONOMY        
Basic Warranty 36 months / 36,000 miles 36 months / 36,000 miles 36 months / 36,000 miles 36 months / 36,000 miles
Basic Warranty - Rating / Rank 5% below the average / tied for 5th (w/15) 5% below the average / tied for 5th (w/15) 5% below the average / tied for 5th (w/15) 5% below the average / tied for 5th (w/15)
Fuel Economy City / Highway mpg 18 / 23 (avg 20.5) 18 / 25 (avg 21.5) 14 / 18 (avg 16) 17 / 19 (avg 18)
Fuel Economy - Rating / Rank 2.5 % better than average / tied for 8th 2.5 % better than average / tied for 8th 20% worse than average / 18th 10% worse than average / tied for 15th
True Fuel Economy (per weight) - Rating / Rank 3.7% better than average / tied for 4th (w/5) 3.7% worse than average / tied for 10th (w/7) 3.7% worse than average / tied for 10th (w/7) 11.1% worse than average / tied for 18th
Included Equipment - Rating / Rank 158% more than average / 2nd 195% less than average / 19th 157.6% more than average / 3rd 87.1% less than average / 17th
Overall Warranty - Rating / Rank 0.3% better than average / tied for 8th (w/3) 13.9% better than average / tied for 3rd (w/2) 10.7% worse than avg / tied for 13th (w/3) 13.9% better than average / tied for 3rd (w/2)
Per Mile Cost of Operation - Rating / Rank 77.2% better than average / tied for 1st 1.3% better than average / tied for 10th (w/2) 26.6% better than average / tied for 5th (w/4) 1.3% better than average / tied for 10th (w/2)
Powertrain Warranty 36 months / 36,000 miles 60 months / 60,000 miles 36 months / 36,000 miles 60 months / 60,000 miles
Resale Value - Rating / Rank 28.4% better than average / tied for 3rd (w/2) 65.1% better than average / tied for 1st 28.4% better than average / tied for 3rd (w/2) 28.4% better than average / tied for 3rd (w/2)
Roadside Assistance - Rating / Rank 8.7% better than average / tied for 4th (w/10) 8.7% better than average / tied for 4th (w/10) 34.8% worse than average / tied for 3rd (w/5) 34.8% worse than average / tied for 3rd (w/5)
Rust Warranty 60 months / unlimited mileage 60 months / unlimited mileage 72 months / 100,000 miles 60 months / unlimited mileage
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Retail Price (MSRP) $26,000 $26,000 $27,100 $29,400
Wholesale Price (Invoice) $23,500 $23,530 $24,540 $26,700
Destination Charge $525 $525 $525 $640
Dealer Hold Back (Approximate) $780 $780 $810 $880
Value Per Professionals' Consensus (**) (+ / -) $25,750=[-$250] $26,200=+$200 $24,950 = [-$2,150] $29,050 = [-$350]
"Honest" Base Price ™ (***) - Rating / Rank $23,960 (7.5% disadv -$2,040) / 11th (w/2) $25,870 (0.5% disadvantage -%130) / 5th $26,350 (3% disadvantage -$750) / 6th $29,415 (0.05% advantage +$15) / 4th
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I. PERFORMANCE        
0-60 Acceleration (seconds) 9.2 9.0 8.5 10.5
Acceleration - Rating / Rank 7.6% quicker than average / 9th 9.6% quicker than average / tied for 6th 14.7% quicker than average / 2nd 5.4% slower than average / 14th
All Wheel Drive no no no no
"Attitude" More Truck-like More Truck-like More Truck-like More Truck-like
Cylinders 6 8 6 8
Cylinders- Rating / Rank 5.3% more than average / tied for 5th (w/8) 40.4% more than average / tied for 1st (w/3) 5.3% more than average / tied for 5th (w/8) 40.4% more than average / tied for 1st (w/3)
Displacement in Cubic Inches (ci) 242 318 245 281
Displacement - Rating / Rank 11.8% larger than average / 10th 46.9% larger than average / 3rd 13.2% larger than average / tied for 8th 29.8% larger than average / 4th
Engine Location / Drive Wheels front / rear front / rear front / rear front / rear
Engine Type 4.0L I6 5.2L V8 4.0L V6 4.6L V8
EPA Classification SPURP2WD SPURP2WD SPURP2WD SPURP2WD
4-Wheel Drive no no no no
Fuel Delivery System SEFI SEFI SEFI SEFI
Ground Clearance (inches) 8.9 7.9 6.7 7.5
Handling and Driveability - Rating / Rank 10.8% better than average / 5th 19.7% below average / tied for 18th 5.2% below average / tied for 12th (w/3) 6.6% better than average / 7th
Horsepower 195 230 210 240
Horsepower - Rating / Rank 5.3% more than average / 8th 24.2% more than average / 4th 13.4% more than average / 7th 29.6% more than average / 3rd
Maximum Allowable Weight 5,150 lbs. 6,050 lbs. 5580 lbs. 7,000 lbs.
Maximum Allowable Weight Rating / Rank 1.9% more than average / 9th 19.7% more than average / 4th 10.4% more than average / 6th 38.4% more than average / 1st
Off Road Ability - Rating / Rank 57.6% better than average / tied for 1st 22.6% better than average / tied for 5th (w/3) 29.9% below average / 15th 5.1% better than average / tied for 9th (w/2)
Overall Performance - Rating / Rank 17.6% better than average / tied for 5th (w/4) 41.2% worse than avg / tied for 15th (w/5) 17.6% better than average / tied for 5th (w/4) 2% worse than average / tied for 10th (w/2)
Payload (lbs.) 1150 1656 1100 1800
Payload Rating / Rank 9% less than average / 12th 30% more than average / 5th 13% less than average / 13th 42.4% more than average / tied for 2nd
Reviewers' Recommendation - Rating / Rank 7% more than avg / 10th 36% less than avg / 20th 20% more than avg / 5th 12% more than avg / tied for 6th (w/2)
Standard Transmission 4 speed automatic 4 speed automatic 5 speed automatic 4 speed automatic
Steering recirc. rack & pinion rack & pinion recirc.
Stroke 86.7 84.1 84.3 90
Suspension (Front / Rear) live / live independent / live independent / live independent / independent
Top Speed 118mph 120mph 109mph 117mph
Top Speed-Rating / Rank 7.7% faster than average / 3rd 9.5% faster than average / tied for 1st 0.5% slower than average / tied for 12th 6.8% faster than average / tied for 4th (w/2)
Torque 230 @ 3,000 300 @ 3,200 250 @ 3,000 345 @ 2,300
Tow Capacity / Hauling (lbs.) 2,000 4,700 5,300 5,900
Tow Capacity / Hauling-Rating / Rank 43.7% less than average / tied for 14th (w/3) 32.4% more than average / 7th 49.3% more than average / 3rd 66.2% more than average / 2nd
Trailering Equipment no no no yes
Transmission Quality - Rating / Rank 13.7% worse than avg / tied for 13th (w/6) 0.7% better than average / tied for 9th (w/3) 15.1% better than average / tied for 1st (w/7) 15.1% better than average / tied for 1st (w/7)
Valves 12 16 12 16
Valves - Rating / Rank 22.6% less than average / tied for 13th (w/6) 3.2% more than the avg / tied for 4th (w/8) 22.6% less than average / tied for 13th (w/6) 3.2% more than the avg / tied for 4th (w/8)
Weight Distribution Front / Rear 56 / 44 54 / 46 n/p (not published) 54 / 46
         
II. RELIABILITY        
Battery - Rating / Rank 13.9% more than the avg / 5th 9.4% more than the avg / tied for 6th (w/2) 18.5% more than the avg / tied for 1st (w/3) 18.5% more than the avg / tied for 1st (w/3)
Battery Amps 625 600 650 650
Cold Climate Package no no no no
Frequency of Repair - Rating / Rank 8.3% better than average / 8th 18.1% better than average / 3rd 5.6 % better than average / tied for 9th 11.1 % better than average / tied for 4th (w/3)
General - Rating / Rank 4% worse than avg / tied for 10th (w/2) 4% worse than avg / tied for 10th (w/2) Average / 9th 11% better than avg / tied for 3rd
Number of Complaints - Rating / Rank 109.6% more (worse) than avg / 18th 57.5% more (worse) than avg / 14th 100% less (better) than avg / tied for 1st 57.5% less (better) than avg / tied for 7th
Model Year of Production 1st 2nd 3rd 3rd
Recalls - Rank 13th tied for 1st (w/11) (no recalls) 19th 15th
Reputation of Manufacturer - Rating / Rank 6.3% worse than average / tied for 6th (w/11) 6.3% worse than average / tied for 6th (w/11) 6.3% worse than average / tied for 6th (w/11) 6.3% worse than average / tied for 6th (w/11)
         
III. SAFETY        
60 mph-0 Braking Distance (feet) 131 165 187 157
60 mph-0 Braking Distance - Rating / Rank 13.1% beter than average / 2nd 9.5% worse than average / 18th 24.1% worse than average / 20th 4.2% worse than average / 15th
Anti-lock Brake System (ABS) yes yes yes yes
Auto Leveling Suspension System no no no no
Brakes (Front / Rear) disc / disc disc / drum disc / disc disc / disc
Brake Quality - Rating / Rank 42.9% better than average / 1st 10.5% worse than average / 15th 2.9% worse than average / 13th 18.1% worse than average / 16th
Bumper Strength n/p n/p poor n/p
Cargo Net no no no no
Curb Weight (lbs.) 3,740 4,260 4,140 4,805
Curb Weight Rank 8th 5th 6th 2nd
Day / Night Rear View Mirror yes yes yes yes
Daylight Running Lights no no no no
Driver Air Bag yes yes yes yes
Dual Note Horn no yes no no
First Aid Kit no no no no
Fog Lights yes no yes no
Front, Back, & Side Visibility - Rating / Rank .9% better than average / tied for 10th (w/6) .9% better than average / tied for 10th (w/6) 15.4% better than average / tied for 1st (w/5) 15.4% better than average / tied for 1st (w/5)
Global Position / Navigation System (GPS) no no no no
Halogen Headlights yes yes yes yes
Height (inches) 69.4 71 70.5 74.3
Insurance Company Rating / Rank 56.3% better than avg / tied for 10th (w/7) 56.3% better than avg / tied for 10th (w/7) 21.9% worse than average / tied for 9th (w/8) 56.3% better than avg / tied for 10th (w/7)
Length (inches) 181.5 193.3 190.1 204.6
Maneuverability - Rating / Rank 7.9% worse than average / 16th 9.2% better than average / tied for 4th (w/7) 24.9% better than average / tied for 2nd 9.2% better than average / tied for 4th (w/7)
NHTSA, etc. Frontal Crash Test Results-R/R n/p 30.1% worse than average / tied for 20th 8.7% better than average / tied for 4th (w/5) 8.7% better than average / tied for 4th (w/5)
Occupant Injury Statistics Rating n/p n/p 23% better than average / tied for 4th 58.2% better than avg / tied for 1st (w/2)
Overall Size - Rating / Rank 1.4% larger than average / 6th 5.5% larger than average / 4th 2.9% larger than average / 5th 12.2% larger than average / 2nd
Passenger Air Bag yes yes yes yes
Power Brakes yes yes yes yes
Reverse Sensing System no no no no
Road Holding Index 0.78 0.71 0.67 0.70
Road Holding Index - Rating / Rank 9.9% better than average / 1st average / tied for 8th 5.6% worse than average / tied for 18th 1.4% worse than average / tied for 13th (w/3)
Side Air Bag no no no no
Side Crash Protect yes yes yes yes
Skid Plates no no no no
Spare Tire Type compact fullsize fullsize fullsize
Stability Bars (Front/Rear) (inches) n/p n/p 1.34 / 0.77 1.34 / 0.83
Theft Deterrent System yes no yes yes
Theft Frequency very high n/p average average
Tires 225 / 75 R 16 235 / 75 R 15 225 / 70 R 15 255 / 70 R 16
Tires Quality Rating / Rank 35.7% better than average / 1st n/p 3.1% worse than average / tied for 12th (w/5) 16.3% better than average / tied for 2nd (w3)
Traction (Front / Rear) 59.5 / 59.5 60.5 / 61.9 58.5 / 58.5 65.4 / 65.5
Traction Control no no no no
Wheelbase (inches) 105.9 115.9 111.6 119.1
Width (inches) 72.3 71.5 70.2 78.6
         
IV. COMFORT        
Air Cleaning no no no no
Air Conditioning yes yes yes yes
AM / FM Radio yes yes yes yes
Arm Rests yes yes yes yes
Automatic Climate Control no no no no
Automatic Headlights no no no no
Automatic Parking Brake Release n/p n/p n/p n/p
Automatic Seat Belts no no no no
Availability of Parts - Rating / Rank 0.8% better than avg / tied for 9th 37.8% better than avg / 6th 18.8% better than avg / 8th 111.9% better than avg / tied for 1st
Bucket Seats yes yes no no
Built In Cupholders yes yes yes yes
Cargo Tie Down Hooks yes yes yes yes
Cassette Player yes yes yes yes
CD Player no no no no
Chime Headlights On Warning yes yes yes yes
Chrome Grill no no no no
Console Operation - Rating / Rank 4.7% better than average / tied for 6th (w/7) 4.7% better than average / tied for 6th (w/7) 4.7% better than average / tied for 6th (w/7) 4% better than average / tied for 14th
Contour - Rating / Rank 30.8% better than average / tied for 2nd 6.5% below average / tied for 7th (w/10) 6.5% below average / tied for 7th (w/10) 6.5% below average / tied for 7th (w/10)
Cruise Control yes yes yes yes
Dealership Experience - Rating / Rank 17% worse than average / tied for 14th 13% worse than average / tied for 11th 18% better than average / 8th 16% better than average / tied for 9th
Decor - Rating / Rank 12.7% better than average / tied for 2nd (w/3) 1.4% worse than average / tied for 6th (w/11) 1.4% worse than average / tied for 6th (w/11) 1.4% worse than average / tied for 6th (w/11)
Digital Clock no no yes no
Driver Side Express Window yes yes yes yes
Driving Range - Rating / Rank 4.1% shorter than average / tied for 12th 4.3% longer than average / 6th 7.1% shorter than average / 15th 1.9% longer than average / 8th
Driving Range (miles) 379.3 412.5 367.5 403
Dual Temperature Air Conditioning yes yes yes yes
Ease of Getting In & Out - Rating / Rank 25.6% better than average / tied for 2nd 7.6% better than average / tied for 6th (w/4) 19.3% worse than average / tied for 16th 10.3% worse than avg / tied for 12th (w/3)
Engine Heater no no no no
Environmental Concerns - Rating / Rank 7.5% worse than average / 14th average / tied for 10th (w/2) 12.5% worse than average / 17th 22.5% worse than average / 19th
Ergonomics - Rating / Rank 7.2% better than average / tied for 9th (w2) 21.4% worse than average / tied for 18th 8.6% better than average / tied for 5th (w/3) 8.6% better than average / tied for 5th (w/3)
Fuel Capacity (gallons) 20.5 25 21 26
Glass Tint yes yes yes yes
Head Rests yes yes yes yes
Heated Seats no no no no
Heated Side Mirror no no no no
Illuminated Entry System yes no yes no
Illuminated Vanity Mirrors no no yes no
Instrument Panel Layout & Quality - Rating / Rank 20.4% worse than average / 19th 3.1% worse than average / tied for 12th (w/2) 10.7% better than average / tied for 4th 0.3% better than average / tied for 10th
Interior & Exterior Noise - Rating / Rank 7.9% quieter than average / tied for 7th 6.2% noisier than average / 12th 12.5% quieter than average / 6th 19.7% quieter than average / 5th
Keyless Entry yes yes yes yes
Leather Seats / Upholstery no no no no
Leather Wrapped Steering Wheel no no yes no
Luggage Rack yes yes yes yes
Map Lights no no yes yes
Map Pockets yes yes yes no
Memory System for Seats, Mirrors, Radio, etc. no no no yes
Number Of Dealerships 2,130 2,912 2,511 4,477
Number Of Dealerships Rating / Rank 0.8% more than average / tied for 9th 37.8% more than average / 6th 18.8% more than average / 8th 111.9% more than average / tied for 1st
Percent of All Dealerships 19.8% 12.7% 10.9% 19.5%
Power Accessory Outlet(s) yes yes yes yes
Power Adjustable Pedals with Memory no no no no
Power Antenna no no no no
Power Door Locks yes yes yes yes
Power Lumbar Support no no no no
Power Mirrors yes yes yes yes
Power Seats no no no yes
Power Steering yes yes yes yes
Power Steering Cooler no no no no
Power Trunk / Hood / Gas Cap no no no no
Power Windows yes yes yes yes
Rear Audio Controls & Headphone Jacks no no no no
Rear Defogger yes yes yes yes
Rear Seat Ventilation no no no no
Rear Wiper / Washer yes yes yes yes
Ride Quality - Rating / Rank 17.1% better than average / 4th 0.3% better than average / tied for 9th (w/2) 16.4% worse than average / tied for 17th 35.5% better than average / 1st
Running Boards no no yes no
Sliding Rear Window no no no no
Sound System Quality - Rating / Rank 3.9% better than average / tied for 8th (w/3) n/p 18.7% better than average / tied for 2nd (w/4) 3.9% better than average / tied for 8th (w/3)
Spare Tire Cover no no no no
Sunroof / Moonroof no no no no
Telephone no no no no
Tilt / Telescopic Steering yes yes yes yes
Trunk Cargo Organizer no yes no no
Turning Cycle - Curb to Curb 36.5 38.9 37.3 40.4
Turning Cycle - Rating / Rank 2.1% better than average / 9th 4.3% worse than average / 15th average / 11th 8.3% worse than average / tied for 17th
Two-tone Paint no no yes no
Universal Garage Door Opener no no no no
Variable Assist Steering no yes no yes
Wheels alloy alloy aluminum alloy
White Design Tires yes yes no no
Wood Interior Trim no no no no
         
V. ROOMINESS        
Cargo Volume - Rating / Rank 6.6% smaller than average / 13th 13.7% bigger than average / 4th 3.7% bigger than average / 8th 52.9% bigger than average / 1st
Cargo Volume (cubic feet) 72.3 88 80.2 118.3
Driver/Passenger Room-Rate/Rank 2.7% worse than average / 13th 2.5% bigger than average / 8th 4.3% bigger than average / tied for 5th 36.7% bigger than average / 2nd
Head Room (Front / Rear) (cu in.) 39.7 / 39.5 39.8 / 40.4 39.3 / 39.3 39.8 / 39.8
Hip Room (Front / Rear) (cu in.) 56.5 / 52.4 56.7 / 56 52.3 / 51.6 61.5 / 62.3
Leg Room (Front / Rear) (cu in.) 41.4 / 35.3 41.9 / 37.3 42.4 / 35.8 40.9 / 38.9
Passenger Number (Seating) 5 7 5 9
Passenger Number Rating / Rank 5.7% less than average / tied for 4th (w/14) 32.1% more than average / tied for 2nd 5.7% less than average / tied for 4th (w/14) 69.8% more than average / 1st
Rear Folding Seats yes yes yes no
Shoulder Room (Front / Rear) (cu in.) 58.9 / 57.8 57.3 / 57.5 56.2 / 56.6 63.9 / 64.4
Storage Compartments-Rating/Rank 53.6% worse than average / 19th n/p 23.6% better than avg / tied for 1st (w/7) 23.6% better than avg / tied for 1st (w/7)
         
VI. EXPERTS' CONSENSUS (****)        
Average of Overall Rating / Rank 1% disadv. to list price / tied for 7th 0.8% advantage to list price / 4th 7.9% disadvantage to list price / 17th 1.2% disadv. to list price / tied for 9th
         
VII. POPULARITY        
Customer Satisfaction - Rating / Rank average / tied for 6th (w/8) average / tied for 6th (w/8) average / tied for 6th (w/8) 40% worse than average / tied for 18th
Fashionableness - Rating / Rank 30.4% more than average / 1st 15.9% more than avg / tied for 3rd (w/2) 1.4% more than avg / tied for 10th (w/2) 15.9% more than avg / tied for 3rd (w/2)
1997 / 1998 Sales 260,875 / 229,135 20,263 / 156,923 45,363 / 47,595 214,524 / 225,703
1998 Sales - Rating / Rank 99.8% more than average / 2nd 36.8% more than average / 5th 58.5% less than average / 14th 96.8% more than average / 3rd
Popularity Rank in its Price Range 1st 2nd 5th 1st
Sales Trend - Rating / Rank 12.2% decline / 20th 674.4% rise / 1st 4.9% rise / 13th 5.2% rise / 12th
Status Symbol - Rating / Rank 6.1% higher than avg / tied for 7th (w/3) 6.1% higher than avg / tied for 7th (w/3) 21.2% higher than average / 6th 36.4% higher than average / tied for 4th
         
VIII. ECONOMY        
Basic Warranty 36 months / 36,000 miles 36 months / 36,000 miles 36 months / 36,000 miles 36 months / 36,000 miles
Basic Warranty - Rating / Rank 5% below the average / tied for 5th (w/15) 5% below the average / tied for 5th (w/15) 5% below the average / tied for 5th (w/15) 5% below the average / tied for 5th (w/15)
Fuel Economy City / Highway mpg 16 / 21 (avg 18.5) 14 / 19 (avg 16.5) 15 / 20 (avg 17.5) 13 / 18 (avg 15.5)
Fuel Economy - Rating / Rank 7.5% worse than average / 14th average / tied for 10th (w/2) 12.5% worse than average / 17th 22.5% worse than average / 19th
True Fuel Economy (per weight) - Rating / Rank 3.7% worse than average / tied for 10th (w/7) 3.7% worse than average / tied for 10th (w/7) 3.7% worse than average / tied for 10th (w/7) 3.7% better than average / tied for 4th (w/5)
Included Equipment - Rating / Rank 7.9% less than average / tied for 11th (w/2) 92.8% more than the average / 5th 56.8% more than average / 6th 100.7% more than average / 4th
Overall Warranty - Rating / Rank 14.1% worse than avg / tied for 17th (w/2) 14.1% worse than avg / tied for 17th (w/2) 0.3% better than average / tied for 8th (w/3) 0.3% better than average / tied for 8th (w/3)
Per Mile Cost of Operation - Rating / Rank 51.9% better than average / tied for 3rd 24.1% worse than average / tied for 13th (w/2) 77.2% better than average / tied for 1st 74.7% worse than average / tied for 18th (w/2)
Powertrain Warranty 36 months / 36,000 miles 36 months / 36,000 miles 36 months / 36,000 miles 36 months / 36,000 miles
Resale Value - Rating / Rank 8.3% worse than average / tied for 6th (w/11) 8.3% worse than average / tied for 6th (w/11) 8.3% worse than average / tied for 6th (w/11) 8.3% worse than average / tied for 6th (w/11)
Roadside Assistance - Rating / Rank 8.7% better than average / tied for 4th (w/10) 8.7% better than average / tied for 4th (w/10) 8.7% better than average / tied for 4th (w/10) 8.7% better than average / tied for 4th (w/10)
Rust Warranty 60 months / 100,000 miles 60 months / 100,000 miles 60 months / unlimited mileage 60 months / unlimited mileage
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Retail Price (MSRP) $31,100 $32,000 $35,000 $40,700
Wholesale Price (Invoice) $28,100 $27,630 $30,400 $34,500
Destination Charge $530 $500 $600 $650
Dealer Hold Back (Approximate) $930 $0 $1,050 $1,220
Value Per Professionals' Consensus (**) (+ / -) $29,560 = [-$1540] $31,990 = [-$10] $34,820 = [-$180] $36,870 = [-$3830]
"Honest" Base Price ™ (***) - Rating / Rank $32,440 (4.5% advantage +$1,340) / 1st $30,370 (4.5% disadv -$1,630) / tied for 7th $32,150 (8% disadvantage -$2,850) / 14th $37,810 (7% disadvantage -$2,890) / 10th
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I. PERFORMANCE        
0-60 mph acceleration (seconds) 9.9 9.1 9.0 9.9
Acceleration - Rating / Rank 0.6% qiucker than average / tied for 12th 8.6% quickier than average / 8th 9.6% qiucker than average / tied for 6th 0.6% quicker than average / tied for 12th
All Wheel Drive four wheel drive no yes no
"Attitude" More Truck-like More Car-like More Car-like More Truck-like
Cylinders 6 6 6 8
Cylinders- Rating / Rank 5.3% more than average / tied for 5th (w/8) 5.3% more than average / tied for 5th (w/8) 5.3% more than average / tied for 5th (w/8) 40.4% more than average / tied for 1st (w/3)
Displacement in Cubic Inches (ci) 262 183 195 330
Displacement - Rating / Rank 21% larger than average / tied for 5th (w/2) 15.5% smaller than average / 13th 9.9% smaller than average / 12th 52.4% larger than average / 2nd
Engine Location / Drive Wheels front / four wheel drive front / front front / all-wheel drive front / rear
Engine Type 4.3L V6 3.0L V6 3.2L V6 5.4L V8
EPA Classification SPURR4WD WAGON - MID SPURP4WD SPURP2WD
4-Wheel Drive yes no all wheel drive no
Fuel Delivery System SEFI SPFI SEFI SEFI
Ground Clearance (inches) 7.5 7.7 8.4 8.5
Handling and Driveability - Rating / Rank 11.6% below average / 17th 5.2% below average / tied for 12 (w/3) 22.1% better than average / 1st 5.2% below average / tied for 12th (w/2)
Horsepower 190 220 215 300
Horsepower - Rating / Rank 2.6% more than average / tied for 9th (w/2) 18.8% more than average / 5th 16.1 more than average / 6th 62% more than average / 1st
Maximum Allowable Weight 5,360 lbs. 4,950 lbs. 6,005 lbs. 6,950 lbs.
Maximum Allowable Weight Rating / Rank 6% more than average / 7th 2.1% less than average / 10th 18.8 % more than average / 5th 37.5% more than average / 2nd
Off Road Ability - Rating / Rank 22.6% better than average / 5th (w/3) 38.7% below average / tied for 16th 22.6% better than average / tied for 5th (w/3) 16.8% below average / 13th
Overall Performance - Rating / Rank 17.6% better than average / tied for 5th (w/3) 56.9% better than average / 2nd 76.5% better than average / 1st 2% worse than average / tied for 10th (w/2)
Payload (lbs.) 1232 1161 1684 1800
Payload Rating / Rank 2.6% less than average / 8th 8.2% less than average / 10th 33.2% more than average / 4th 42.4% more than average / teid for 2nd
Reviewers' Recommendation - Rating / Rank 20% less than average / tied for 12th (w/3) 44% more than average / 2nd 52% more than average / #1 12% less than average / 11th
Standard Transmission automatic 4 speed automatic 4 speed automatic 5 speed automatic 4 speed
Steering recirc rack & pinion rack & pinion recirc
Stroke 88.4 n/p (not published) 84 105.8
Suspension (Front / Rear) independent / live independent / independent independent / independent independent / independent
Top Speed 120 mph 115 mph 115mph 117 mph
Top Speed-Rating / Rank 9.5% faster than average / tied for 1st 4.9% faster than average / tied for 7th (w/3) 4.9% faster than average / tied for 7th (w/3) 6.8% faster than average / tied for 4th (w/2)
Torque 250 @ 7,800 222 @ 4,400 233 @ 3,000 355 @ 2,750
Tow Capacity / Hauling (lbs.) 5,000 3,500 5,000 6,600
Tow Capacity / Hauling-Rating / Rank 40.8% more than average / tied for 4th (w/2) 1.4% less than average / tied for 10th 40.8% more than average / tied for 4th (w/2) 85.9% more than average / 1st
Trailering Equipment yes no yes no
Transmission Quality - Rating / Rank 13.7% worse than avg / tied for 13th (w/6) 15.1% better than average / tied for 1st (w/7) 15.1% better than average / tied for 1st (w/7) 15.1% better than average / tied for 1st (w/7)
Valves 12 24 18 32
Valves - Rating / Rank 22.6% less than average / tied for 13th (w/6) 54.8% more than the avg / 2nd 16.1% more than the avg / 3rd 106.5% more than the average / 1st
Weight Distribution Front / Rear 54 / 46 59 / 41 50 / 50 n/p
         
II. RELIABILITY        
Battery - Rating / Rank 4.3% less than average / tied for 12th (w/3) 6.1% more than average / tied for 9th (w/2) 36.2% less than average / 19th 18.5% more than average / tied for 1st (w/3)
Battery Amps 525 582 350 650
Cold Climate Package n/p n/p n/p n/p
Frequency of Repair - Rating / Rank average / 13th 11.1 % better than average / tied for 4th (w/3) 19.4% worse than average / 16th 11.1 % better than average / tied for 4th (w/3)
General - Rating / Rank 5% worse than avg / tied for 13th 20% better than avg / #1 6% worse than avg / tied for 15th ( w/4) 2% better than avg / tied for 7th
Number of Complaints - Rating / Rank 127.4% more (worse) than avg / 19th 94.5% more (worse) than avg / 16th 24.7% less (better) than avg / 12th 87.7% more (worse) than avg / 15th
Model Year of Production 4th 1st 2nd 2nd
Recalls - Rank tied for 1st (w/11) (no recalls) 18th tied for 1st (w/11) (no recalls) 20th
Reputation of Manufacturer - Rating / Rank 6.3% worse than average / tied for 6th (w/11) 40.6% better than average / 2nd 56.3% better than average / 1st 6.3% worse than average / tied for 6th (w/11)
         
III. SAFETY        
60 mph-0 Braking Distance (feet) 147 ft 145 ft 139 ft 149 ft
60 mph-0 Braking Distance - Rating / Rank 2.5% better than average / 10th 3.8% better than average / 7th 7.8% better than average / 5th 1.1% better than average / 12th
Anti-lock Brake System (ABS) yes yes yes yes
Auto Leveling Suspension System n/p n/p n/p yes
Brakes (Front / Rear) disc/disc disc/disc disc/disc disc/disc
Brake Quality - Rating / Rank 1% better than average / tied for 10th 12.4% better than average / tied for 5th 14.3% better than average / 2nd 23.8% worse than average / 20th
Bumper Strength poor n/p n/p n/p
Cargo Net no yes no yes
Curb Weight (lbs.) 4049 3692 4387 5177
Curb Weight Rank 7th 10th 4th 1st
Day / Night Rear View Mirror yes yes yes yes
Daylight Running Lights yes yes no no
Driver Air Bag yes yes yes yes
Dual Note Horn no no no yes
First Aid Kit no no yes no
Fog Lights yes no yes yes
Front, Back, & Side Visibility - Rating / Rank 0.9 % better than avg. / tied for 10th (w/6) 15.4% better than average / tied for 1st (w/5) 8.1% better than average / tied for 8th .9% better than average / tied for 10th (w/6)
Global Position / Navigation System (GPS) no no no no
Halogen Headlights yes yes yes yes
Height (inches) 64.2 65.7 69.9 75.2
Insurance Company Rating / Rank 56.3% better than avg / tied for 1st (w/7) 21.9% worse than avg / tied for 9th (w/8) 21.9% worse than avg / tied for 9th (w/8) 21.9% worse than avg / tied for 9th (w/8)
Length (inches) 183.7 180.1 180.6 204.8
Maneuverability - Rating / Rank 9.2% better than average / tied for 4th (w/7) 37.6% worse than average / tied for 18th 40.5% better than average / 1st 9.2% better than average / tied for 4th (w/7)
NHTSA, etc. Frontal Crash Test Results-R/R 0.9% better than average / tied for 10th (w/2) n/p 32% better than average / 1st 8.7% better than average / tied for 4th (w/5)
Occupant Injury Statistics Rating 58.2% better than avg / tied for 1st (w//2) n/p n/p n/p
Overall Size - Rating / Rank 0.9% smaller than average / 11th 0.4% smaller than average / 9th 1.3% larger than average / 7th 13% larger than average / 1st
Passenger Air Bag yes yes yes yes
Power Brakes yes yes yes yes
Reverse Sensing System no no no no
Road Holding Index 0.73 0.71 0.74 0.64
Road Holding Index - Rating / Rank 2.8% better than average / 5th average / tied for 8th 4.2% better than average / 5th 9.9% worse than average / 20th
Side Air Bag no yes yes no
Side Crash Protect no no no yes
Skid Plates no no no no
Spare Tire Type fullsize fullsize fullsize fullsize
Stability Bars (Front/Rear) (inches) 1.30 / 0.91 0.67 / 0.51 n/p 1.34 / 0.83
Theft Deterrent System yes yes yes yes
Theft Frequency n/p n/p n/p n/p
Tires 235 / 70R-15 235 / 70R-16 255 / 65R-16 245 / 75R-16
Tires Quality Rating / Rank 22.5% worse than average / 18th 16.3% better than avg. / tied for 2nd (w/3) 32.2% worse than average / 19th 3.1% worse than average / tied for 12th (w/5)
Traction (Front / Rear) 57.2 / 55.1 61.6 / 61 60.4 / 60.4 65.4 / 65.5
Traction Control yes no yes no
Wheelbase (inches) 107 103.1 111 119
Width (inches) 67.8 71.5 72.2 79.9
         
IV. COMFORT        
Air Cleaning no no yes no
Air Conditioning yes yes yes yes
AM / FM Radio yes yes yes yes
Arm Rests yes yes yes yes
Automatic Climate Control yes no no yes
Automatic Headlights yes yes no yes
Automatic Parking Brake Release n/p n/p n/p n/p
Automatic Seat Belts no no no no
Availability of Parts - Rating / Rank 34.4% better than avg / 7th 94.7% worse than avg / 20th 85% worse than avg / 19th 24.8% worse than avg / 11th
Bucket Seats yes yes yes yes
Built In Cupholders yes yes yes yes
Cargo Tie Down Hooks yes yes yes yes
Cassette Player yes yes yes yes
CD Player yes no no no
Chime Headlights On Warning yes yes yes yes
Chrome Grill no no no yes
Console Operation - Rating / Rank 4.7% better than average / tied for 6th (w/7) 27.8% worse than average / 20th 4.7% better than average / tied for 6th (w/7) 19.9% better than average / 1st
Contour - Rating / Rank 6.5% better than average / tied for 7th (w/10) 49.5% better than average / 1st 30.8% better than average / tied for 2nd 6.5% better than average / tied for 7th (w/10)
Cruise Control yes yes yes yes
Dealership Experience - Rating / Rank 23% better than average / tied for 3rd (w/3) 23% better than average / tied for 3rd (w/3) 30% better than average / 2nd 39% better than average / #1
Decor - Rating / Rank 1.4% worse than average / tied for 6th (w/11) 12.7% better than average / tied for 2nd (w/3) 12.7% better than average / tied for 2nd (w/3) 26.8% better than average / 1st
Digital Clock yes no yes yes
Driver Side Express Window yes yes yes yes
Driving Range - Rating / Rank 18.1% shorter than average / 20th 6.5% shorter than average / tied for 14th 8.7% shorter than average / 17th 13.8% longer than average / 4th
Driving Range (miles) 324 370 361 450
Dual Temperature Air Conditioning yes yes yes yes
Ease of Getting In & Out - Rating / Rank 1.3% worse than average / 11th 7.6% better than average / tied for 6th (w/3) 43.5% better than average / 1st 25.6% better than average / tied for 2nd
Engine Heater no no no no
Environmental Concerns - Rating / Rank 10% worse than average / tied for 15th 7.5% better than average / 6th 5% worse than average / 13th 25% worse than average / 20th
Ergonomics - Rating / Rank 7.2% better than average / tied for 9th (w/2) 14.4% better than average / 2nd 8.6% better than average / tied for 5th (w/3) 7.2% better than average / tied for 9th (w/2)
Fuel Capacity (gallons) 18 gal 17.2 gal 19 gal 30 gal
Glass Tint yes yes yes yes
Head Rests yes yes yes yes
Heated Seats yes no no no
Heated Side Mirror yes yes yes yes
Illuminated Entry System yes no yes yes
Illuminated Vanity Mirrors yes yes yes yes
Instrument Panel Layout & Quality - Rating / Rank 3.8% better than average / tied for 7th (w/2) 17.6% better than average / 3rd 3.8% better than average / tied for 7th (w/2) 7.3% better than average / 6th
Interior & Exterior Noise - Rating / Rank 5% quieter than average / 9th 33.7% quieter than average / tied for 3rd 33.7% quieter than average / tied for 3rd 38.4% quieter than average / 2nd
Keyless Entry yes yes yes yes
Leather Seats / Upholstery yes no no yes
Leather Wrapped Steering Wheel yes yes yes yes
Luggage Rack yes no yes yes
Map Lights yes yes yes yes
Map Pockets yes yes yes yes
Memory System for Seats, Mirrors, Radio, etc. no no no yes
Number Of Dealerships 2,840 111 316 1,589
Number Of Dealerships Rating / Rank 34.4% more than average / 7th 94.7% less than average / 20th 85% less than average / 19th 24.8% less than average / 11th
Percent of All Dealerships 12.3% 0.5% 1.4% 6.9%
Power Accessory Outlet(s) yes yes yes yes
Power Adjustable Pedals with Memory no no no yes
Power Antenna yes yes yes yes
Power Door Locks yes yes yes yes
Power Lumbar Support yes yes no yes
Power Mirrors yes yes yes yes
Power Seats yes yes no yes
Power Steering yes yes yes yes
Power Steering Cooler no no yes yes
Power Trunk / Hood / Gas Cap yes yes yes yes
Power Windows yes yes yes yes
Rear Audio Controls & Headphone Jacks no no no yes
Rear Defogger yes yes yes yes
Rear Seat Ventilation yes yes no yes
Rear Wiper / Washer yes yes yes yes
Ride Quality - Rating / Rank 19.2% better than average / 3rd 15% better than average / 5th 12.9% better than average / 6th 25.4% better than average / 2nd
Running Boards yes no no yes
Sliding Rear Window no no no yes
Sound System Quality - Rating / Rank 11.3% better than average / 7th 3.9% better than average / tied for 8th (w/3) 18.7% better than average / tied for 2nd (w/4) 3.9% better than average / tied for 8th (w/3)
Spare Tire Cover no no no no
Sunroof / Moonroof no no no no
Telephone no no no no
Tilt / Telescopic Steering yes yes yes yes
Trunk Cargo Organizer no no no no
Turning Cycle - Curb to Curb 39.5 41.3 37 40.4
Turning Cycle - Rating / Rank 5.9% worse than average / 16th 10.7% worse than average / 20th 0.8% better than average / 10th 8.3% worse than average / tied for 17th
Two-tone Paint no no no no
Universal Garage Door Opener yes no yes no
Variable Assist Steering yes no yes yes
Wheels alloy alloy alloy alloy
White Design Tires no no no no
Wood Interior Trim no yes no yes
         
V. ROOMINESS        
Cargo Volume - Rating / Rank 4.2% smaller than average / 12th 3.1% smaller than average / 11th 10.4% bigger than average / 5th 50.4% bigger than average / 2nd
Cargo Volume (cubic feet) 74.2 75.1 85.5 116.5
Driver/Passenger Room-Rate/Rank 4.3% bigger than average / tied for 5th 1.4% bigger than average / tied for 9th 7.9% bigger than average / 4th 37.8% bigger than average / 1st
Head Room (Front / Rear) (cu in.) 39.6 / 38.3 39.5 / 39.2 39.8 / 39.7 39.8 / 39.8
Hip Room (Front / Rear) (cu in.) 53.6 / 51.3 55.2 / 55.2 55 / 54.6 61.2 / 62.3
Leg Room (Front / Rear) (cu in.) 42.4 / 36.3 40.7 / 36.4 40.3 / 38 41 / 39.7
Passenger Number (Seating) 5 5 5 7
Passenger Number Rating / Rank 5.7% less than average / tied for 4th (w/14) 5.7% less than average / tied for 4th (w/14) 5.7% less than average / tied for 4th (w/14) 32.1% more than average / tied for 2nd
Rear Folding Seats yes yes yes yes
Shoulder Room (Front / Rear) (cu in.) 57.1 / 57.2 57.8 / 57 58.3 / 57.9 63.8 / 64.4
Storage Compartments-Rating/Rank 23.6% better than avg / tied for 1st (w/7) 22.7% worse than average / 18th 23.6% better than avg / tied for 1st (w/7) 8.2% better than average / 9th
         
VI. EXPERTS' CONSENSUS (****)        
Average of Overall Rating / Rank 5% disadvantage to list price / tied for 14th 0.03% disadvantage to list price / 5th 0.5% disadvantage to list price / 6th 9.4% disadvantage to list price / 19th
         
VII. POPULARITY        
Customer Satisfaction - Rating / Rank 40% worse than average / tied for 18th average / tied for 6th (w/8) average / tied for 6th (w/8) average / tied for 6th (w/8)
Fashionableness - Rating / Rank 5.8% less than average / 13th 8.7% more than average / tied for 6th (w/3) 20.3% less than average / 18th 15.9% more than avg / tied for 3rd (w/2)
1997 / 1998 Sales 28,481 / 30,202 not made / 42,191 14,569 / 36,596 (incl. ML 430) 43,859 / 43,859
1998 Sales - Rating / Rank 73.7% less than average / 19th 63.2% less than average / 16th 68.1% less than average / 18th 61.8% less than average / 15th
Popularity Rank in its Price Range 5th 3rd 4th (incl. ML430) 2nd
Sales Trend - Rating / Rank 6% rise / 11th first year in production 196.1% rise / 2nd 63.5% rise / 3rd
Status Symbol - Rating / Rank 36.4% higher than average / tied for 4th 51.5% higher than avg / tied for 1st (w/2) 51.5% higher than avg / tied for 1st (w/2) 51.5% higher than avg / tied for 1st (w/2)
         
VIII. ECONOMY        
Basic Warranty 36 months / 36,000 miles 48 months / 50,000 48 months / 50,000 48 months / 50,000
Basic Warranty - Rating / Rank 5% below average / tied for 5th (w/15) 26% better than average / tied for 1st (w/2) 26% better than average / tied for 1st (w/2) 26% better than average / tied for 1st (w/2)
Fuel Economy City / Highway mpg 16 / 20 (Avg 18) 19 / 24 (Avg 21.5) 17 / 21 (Avg 19) 13 / 17 (Avg 15)
Fuel Economy - Rating / Rank 10% worse than average / tied for 15th 7.5% better than average / 6th 5% worse than average / 13th 25% worse than average / 20th
True Fuel Economy (per weight) - Rating / Rank 3.7% worse than average / tied for 10th (w/7) 3.7% better than average / tied for 4th (w/5) 11.1% better than average / 3rd 3.7% better than average / tied for 4th (w/5)
Included Equipment - Rating / Rank 165% more thana verage / 1st 35.3% more than average / tied for 7th 15.1% less than average / 14th 0.7% less than average / 10th
Overall Warranty - Rating / Rank 10.7% worse than avg / tied for 13th (w/3) 31% better than average / 1st 16.7% worse than average / 20th 14.8% better than average / 2nd
Per Mile Cost of Operation - Rating / Rank 26.6% better than average / tied for 5th (w/4) 74.7% worse than average / tied for 18th (w/2) 26.6% better than average / tied for 5th (w/4) 74.7% worse than average / tied for 18th (w/2)
Powertrain Warranty 36 months / 36,000 miles 72 months / 70,000 miles 48 months / 50,000 48 months / 50,000
Resale Value - Rating / Rank 8.3% worse than average / tied for 6th (w/11) 8.3% worse than average / tied for 6th (w/11) 8.3% worse than average / tied for 6th (w/11) 8.3% worse than average / tied for 6th (w/11)
Roadside Assistance - Rating / Rank 8.7% better than average / tied for 4th (w/10) 30.4% better than average / 2nd 73.9% better than average / 1st 19.6% better than average / 3rd
Rust Warranty 72 months / 100,000 miles 72 months / unlimited mileage 48 months / 50,000 60 months / unlimited mileage


(*) Equipment included in base price.
(**) Professionals’ Consensus: Carvalu.com™’s monetary interpretation of published evaluations.
(***) “Honest” Base Price™: What the price should be, based solely on included equipment. No dishonesty is implied.
(****) Per Carvalu.com™ interpretation.

Important Notes:
1. Our dollar figures (i.e. Value Per Professionals’ Consensus™, “Honest” Base Price™ , Your Value™, True Value™, Your Pick™, etc.) exclude, among others, Hold Back, Destination Charge, Tax, License, Title, Fun to Drive, Pride of Ownership,
Prestige Value, Panache, Presence, and only relate to the published Base Price of the identified model.
2. All our calculation formulas are patented and patent pending, proprietary processes and resulting dollar figures express Carvalu.com™ opinions based on our research and unique methodology.
3. Ratings, rankings, and percentage denotions are based on Carvalu.com™ patented and patent pending calculation formulas and are determined by comparing vehicles in this field of 20 SUVs; including interpreting ratings by experts who tested
the vehicles.
4. SUVs are generally more expensive to repair than cars. In this group of 20, at a 5 mph crash, The Montero Sport is the costliest to fix, while the Mercedes ML 320 has the lowest repair bill.
5. All entries relate strictly to 1999 base models. SUVs depreciate less than passenger cars, but there is less room for bargaining when buying a new one. Close cousins are: 1) Blazer, Jimmy, and Bravada; 2) Expedition and Navigator; 3) Explorer and Mountaineer
6. n/p = not published
7. Please see propietary calculation page for True $ Value™. True $ Value™ mirrors the judgment of the hypothetical optimally informed contemporary society, or answers the question: What would the community say this SUV is worth today if it suddenly knew everything it wanted to know about SUVs? Proprietary Carvalu.com™ calculation method is patented and patent pending.
8. Please see proprietary Carvalu.com™ calculation page for Your $ Value™. Your $ Value™ mirrors your own estimate as if by magic you were ideally knowledgeable about SUVs in your very own terms. Of course, you must first give your ratings of relative importance 0 – 10, 10 being most important, to the computer’s quiz regarding the eight abbreviated value affecting factors: Performance, Reliability, Safety, Comfort, Roominess, Experts’ Consensus, Popularity, and Economy.
9. MSRP is the manufacturer-suggested retail price of the base model as equipped at the factory.
10. Invoice is the estimated cost of the dealer for the factory equipped base model.
11. Carvalu.com™ wholesale (Invoice) figures consistently exclude hold backs, incentives, advertising costs, overhead expenses, and so on, as they always vary.
12. At present, Carvalu.com™ included more than 200 sub-elements contained in the eight main value-affecting groups. Under Qualities’ Inventory, we provide a brief description of what some of these particulars actually do for the driver.
13. When driving an SUV, avoid excessive speed and abrupt maneuvers to guard against roll-overs.
14. Carvalu.com™ employs the proprietary calculation formulas of the new scienceNon-Subjective Valuing®which is validated by both the Innovation Institute (recommended by the United States Department of Commerce) and the PTO. Unlike other consumer guides, our unique website provides the user with scientifically calculated dollar value numbers, independent of price. We leave vague approximations, unquantified specs and stats provided in a vacuum, and subjective ratings without a universal yardstick to other shopping directories. Please be aware of and alert us to imitators of our patented and patent pending system who might masquerade as providing scientifically sound dollar value numbers, but who really do not.
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16. Braking distances and other numbers do not necessarily express quality differences, since vehicle size and other respective relevant facts are not always taken into consideration at this time.
17. (w/#) = number of other cars with which this vehicle received identical ranking.
18. In the long experience of the inventor of patented and patent pending Non-Subjective Valuing® most of us will not admit, even to ourselves, how important the value of status symbol is to us. As a result, for now, Carvalu.com™ leaves that often decisive quality to the user to measure. We, however, hold that prestige value is real value, and paying for that value is perfectly OK.
19. Experts’ Consensus is Carvalu.com™ interpretation of combined professional opinion.
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21. The above is data for the 1999 models. This is a general example illuminating the Non-Subjective Valuing® patented methodology.