miercuri, 28 noiembrie 2007

Most Satisfying Cars from last year

Ford Mustang two-door with V-8 engine
Base price: $25,275

Ford's Mustang has die-hard fans who have loved the car since the 1960s, and some consider the current Mustang--which Ford overhauled for 2005--the best edition ever. While the new Mustang was a smash hit last year, things have cooled a bit. American Mustang sales are down 9% this year. As of July 1, Ford had a bloated, 80-day, 47,000-unit supply of Mustangs.

Ford Mustang two-door with V-8 engine
While the entry-level Mustang's engine is a 4.0-liter, 210-horsepower, V-6 boat anchor, the Mustang GT uses a 300-hp V-8. This engine makes for a fast, fast car--zero to 60 in around five seconds--and for $25,000 the Mustang GT has perhaps the best power-for-dollars ratio in the business.

These are some distinctive vehicles. For example, Toyota Motor's (nyse: TM - news - people ) Scion tC coupe is J.D. Power's highest ranked compact sporty car, and its clean design makes it popular with young drivers. Honda Motor's (nyse: HMC - news - people ) Ridgeline may not look gorgeous, but its thoughtful construction makes for a smooth and very un-truck-like driving experience. And Honda's Odyssey minivan doesn't sound sexy, but it offers owners extras like leather seats and a navigation system with Zagat's restaurant ratings programmed in.

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