Top Autos of 2006
Below are my picks for the best cars and trucks (yes, trucks) of 2006. There are a lot of affordable options available which are fuel efficient and which will effectively get one and one’s cargo where one needs to go. The vehicles are not in particular order.
Toyota Prius- Not too roomy, but tops the 60 mpg mark.
Volkswagen Jetta TDI- Very nice to look at, roomy and rated at over 35 mpg.
Toyota Corrolla- 125 hp, 30+ mpg and room for four (comfortably, or five very small men) for under $15,000.
Trucks and SUVs-
I’m not a huge fan of trucks and SUVs. But there are times when they are necessary. Unless you are a contractor who regularly hauls heavy equipment, the trucks and SUVs below should fill your needs while being fairly friendly to the environment.
Ford Ranger- With 143 hp, it will pull a boat and handle most home improvement jobs. It doesn’t hit the 30 mpg mark, but if you need a truck this is about as efficient as they come.
Mazda B2300- Again, under 30 mpg, but does the job as efficiently as the Ranger.
Toyota Tacoma- 159 hp gives a little more pull, 26 mpg.
Ford Escape Hybrid- Really a fantastic automobile. Serves the purpose of an SUV (plenty of room and storage) while getting over 30 mpg city and highway. A four wheel drive vehicle with 155 hp, the Escape Hybrid has most of the benefits of a large SUV without the 12 mpg side effects.
Toyota Highlander- Not a four wheel drive, but roomy and packing a 268 hp punch. 33 city and 29 highway make it a friendly option.