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2009 Pontiac Vibe GT Compact Station Wagon

Overall, I think the Vibe is a good car, especially for the price. Pontiac Vibe (2009) – enlarge What was tested? Pontiac Vibe GT ($19,895). Options: None. Price as tested: $19,895. Pros: It’s priced like an economy car but has the versatility, style and headroom of a crossover SUV. Cons: It’s not exciting, and Toyota’s version, called the Matrix, might ... Read More »

2007 Pontiac G6 GT Mid-Size Convertible and Sedan

Pontiac's G6 convertible looks beautiful and performs well, a far cry from the brand's days as a home for gussied-up Chevys. It adds some much-needed excitement in the Pontiac lineup. Inside, the G6 has a mid-size cabin that's comfortable and higher quality than GM has produced in recent years. Read More »

2008 Suzuki SX4 Sport Compact Economy Sedan

The Suzuki SX4 Sport compact sedan was introduced in 2006 as a replacement for the Aerio (which replaced the Swift.) The SX4 was developed and produced as a joint venture between Suzuki and Fiat, and was originally intended for sale in Europe. The Fiat product is called Sedici. The SX4 is also offered as a Crossover wagon. Read More »

2007 Suzuki XL7 Limited 2WD Sport Utility Vehicle

Suzuki's new XL7 may look like a crossover, but it still has some elements of a truck-based design with rails underneath the body. Like the way it drives, quality inside the Suzuki XL7 is mediocre. It's not ugly enough to make you gag, but it also won't produce any wows for its fit and finish. Read More »

2007 Hummer H3 Full-Size Sport Utility Vehicle

Hummer didn't tone down the styling on its smallest vehicle, the H3. Thanks to its militarized look, it's still a rolling billboard that screams, "I want to melt the ice caps." Thank goodness. The interior in the H3 is, by far, the best in any Hummer product. At $30,000, it's also the cheapest. Read More »

2007 Saturn Vue Green Line Hybrid Fuel Mid-Size Sport Utility Vehicle

The gas/electric hybrid, called the "Green Line," is the only SUV from GM with this engine configuration. The Saturn Vue is a compact SUV built on a mid-size truck platform, the same as other General Motors products including the Chevrolet Equinox and Pontiac Torrent SUVs. It provides disappointingly modest gas savings. The design is uninspiring. And the build quality is better than other GM products, but not by much. Read More »

2007 Suzuki SX4 All Wheel Drive Compact Hatchback Sedan

The Suzuki SX4 is an all-wheel-drive hatchback that rides up high like an SUV, giving you good forward visibility in traffic and extra traction in the rain and ice. The SX4 has a small but efficient cabin that's surprisingly comfortable and roomy, but the cheap-feeling interior is a constant reminder that you're driving an economy car. Read More »

2007 Isuzu Ascender Mid-Size Sport Utility Vehicle

If it looks like a Trailblazer, drives like a Trailblazer and sounds like a Trailblazer, it must be a Trailblazer, right? Wrong. This is the Isuzu Ascender, a Chevrolet clone that shows how pathetic Isuzu has become. It's the same story on the inside, where Isuzu's Ascender is virtually identical to its Chevrolet Trailblazer counterpart. Read More »