View Full Version : 2006 CSS Premium/Luxury SUV(CUV) of the Year

12-11-2006, 10:55 AM
As you have all been waiting patiently, here we go...<p>First, take a moment and familiarize with the nominees first.<p>Rules are simple:<p>1) Vote objectively.<br>2) Consider the importance of the vehicle to the industry and the manufacturers themselves.<p>How to:<p>Each vehicle on this list will receive a score on a scale between 1 to 5, with 5 being the best. Fraction of points are allowed but we ask you to keep them at half of a point.<p>Thank you and let us know if you have any questions. Voting will be open until December 27. Winners will be announced shortly thereafter.<p>Nominees:<p><B>2006 CSS Premium/Luxury SUV(CUV) of the Year</B>:<p>Acura MDX<br>Acura RDX<br>BMW X5<br>Chevrolet Suburban<br>Chevrolet Tahoe<br>Ford Expedition<br>Land Rover LR2<br>Mercedes-Benz GL450

12-11-2006, 10:55 AM
<B>2006 CSS Premium/Luxury SUV(CUV) of the Year</B>:<p><B>Acura MDX</B><p><IMG SRC="http://a332.g.akamai.net/f/332/936/12h/www.edmunds.com//media/roadtests/roadtest/07.acura.mdx/07.acura.mdx.f34.500.jpg" BORDER="0"><p><IMG SRC="http://a332.g.akamai.net/f/332/936/12h/www.edmunds.com//media/roadtests/roadtest/07.acura.mdx/07.acura.mdx.int.1.500.jpg" BORDER="0"><p><B>Acura RDX</B><p><IMG SRC="http://a332.g.akamai.net/f/332/936/12h/www.edmunds.com//media/roadtests/roadtest/07.acura.rdx/07.acura.rdx.f34.500.jpg" BORDER="0"><p><IMG SRC="http://a332.g.akamai.net/f/332/936/12h/www.edmunds.com//media/roadtests/roadtest/07.acura.rdx/07.acura.rdx.int.500.jpg" BORDER="0"><p><B>BMW X5</B><p><IMG SRC="http://a332.g.akamai.net/f/332/936/12h/www.edmunds.com//media/roadtests/firstdrive/2007/bmw.x5/07.x5.f34.500.jpg" BORDER="0"><p><IMG SRC="http://a332.g.akamai.net/f/332/936/12h/www.edmunds.com//media/roadtests/firstdrive/2007/bmw.x5/07.x5.int.500.jpg" BORDER="0"><p><B>Chevrolet Suburban</B><p><IMG SRC="http://a332.g.akamai.net/f/332/936/12h/www.edmunds.com//pictures/VEHICLE/2007/Chevrolet/100491428/20031500-E.jpg" BORDER="0"><p><IMG SRC="http://a332.g.akamai.net/f/332/936/12h/www.edmunds.com//pictures/VEHICLE/2007/Chevrolet/100491428/20032554-E.jpg" BORDER="0"><p><B>Chevrolet Tahoe</B><p><IMG SRC="http://a332.g.akamai.net/f/332/936/12h/www.edmunds.com//pictures/VEHICLE/2007/Chevrolet/100682945/20030848-E.jpg" BORDER="0"><p><IMG SRC="http://a332.g.akamai.net/f/332/936/12h/www.edmunds.com//pictures/VEHICLE/2007/Chevrolet/100491427/20029480-E.jpg" BORDER="0"><p><B>Ford Expedition</B><p><IMG SRC="http://a332.g.akamai.net/f/332/936/12h/www.edmunds.com//media/roadtests/firstdrive/2007/ford.expedition/07.ford.expedition.f34.500.jpg" BORDER="0"><p><IMG SRC="http://a332.g.akamai.net/f/332/936/12h/www.edmunds.com//pictures/VEHICLE/2007/Ford/20097170-E.jpg" BORDER="0"><p><B>Land Rover LR2</B><p><IMG SRC="http://a332.g.akamai.net/f/332/936/12h/www.edmunds.com//media/roadtests/firstdrive/2008/land.rover.lr2/08.landrover.lr2.act.1.500.jpg" BORDER="0"><p><IMG SRC="http://a332.g.akamai.net/f/332/936/12h/www.edmunds.com//media/roadtests/firstdrive/2008/land.rover.lr2/08.landrover.lr2.int.500.jpg" BORDER="0"><p><B>Mercedes-Benz GL450</B><p><IMG SRC="http://a332.g.akamai.net/f/332/936/12h/www.edmunds.com//media/roadtests/roadtest/07.mercedes.benz.gl.450/07.mercedes.benz.gl450.f34.500.jpg" BORDER="0"><p><IMG SRC="http://a332.g.akamai.net/f/332/936/12h/www.edmunds.com//media/roadtests/roadtest/07.mercedes.benz.gl.450/07.mercedes.benz.gl450.int.500.jpg" BORDER="0">

12-11-2006, 04:42 PM
Acura MDX - 4<br>Acura RDX - 3.5<br>BMW X5 - 4<br>Chevy Suburban - 3<br>Chevy Tahoe - 3<br>Ford Expedition - 3.5<br>Land Rover LR2 - 4<br>Mercedes GL450 - 5<br>

12-11-2006, 04:43 PM
<B>Acura MDX- 5<br>Acura RDX- 4<br>BMW X5- 5<br>Chevrolet Suburban-4.5<br>Chevrolet Tahoe- 4<br>Ford Expedition/EL- 4.5<br>Land Rover LR2- 5<br>Mercedes GL450- 4.5</B>

12-11-2006, 05:10 PM
Acura MDX -<B> 5</B><br>Mercedes-Benz GL450 - <B>5</B><br>Acura RDX - <B>5</B><br>Chevrolet Tahoe - <B>4.5</B><br>Chevrolet Suburban - <B>4</B><br>BMW X5 - <B>3.5</B><br>Land Rover LR2 - <B>3</B><br>Ford Expedition/EL - <B>2.5</B>

12-11-2006, 06:27 PM
<B>Acura MDX - 3.5</B> Wow, an Acura SUV that looks good! Gotta give THAT some credit.<br><B>Acura RDX - 3 </B> Looks better than previous Acuras but still oh-so-boring.<br><B>BMW X5 - 3</B> Like an old one, but not quite as ugly. Territory is a far better vehicle. Costs half as much too. Credit allowed for innovation, but it isn't enough. And the dashbord - God!<br><B>Chevrolet Suburban - 3.5</B> A good effort for a car that size. Looks fairly okay too.<br><B>Chevrolet Tahoe - 3.5</B> Yeah yeah. Same thing. Only with 2 meters less.<br><B>Ford Expedition - 3.8</B> A great looking vehicle, and a good attempt of updating the obsolete large SUV market in the USA.<br><B>Land Rover LR2 - 4.25 </B> Its bigger, stronger, nicer, better than before. Not the greatest car ever, but it's worthy of it's badge. And it's better than anything else in its segment.<br><B>Mercedes-Benz GL450 - 4</B> Pretty good vehicle, but Big V8's attatched to a steering column moiunted automatic shifter isn't my idea of a cool Mercedes, and it offers little in the way of versatility and practicality. Its a bit... American....

against the wall
12-11-2006, 07:30 PM
Acura MDX-<B>3</B> a great suv ruined by an ugly grille and 3 billion buttons<br>Acura RDX-<B>2.5</B> kinda boring, old design after we saw a concept like 3 years ago, and nothing really new.<br>BMW X5-<B>4</B> very evolutionary from the predecessor, but if it aint broke...<br>Chevy Suburban-<B>4.5</B> achieves its purpose as an SUV for large families<br>Chevy Tahoe-<B>4</B> it might have saved gm.<br>Ford Expedition-<B>4</B> facelift makes it look more appealing and should give chevy a good fight.<br>Land Rover LR2-<B>4.5</B> The baby looks like the elder siblings now <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://images.zeroforum.com/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0"> <br>Mercedes GL450-<B>4</B> Very good looking and quite roomy.

12-12-2006, 06:42 AM
BMW X5 - 4.5<br>Acura RDX - 4<br>Acura MDX - 3<br>Mercedes-Benz GL450 - 3<br>Chevrolet Tahoe / Saburban - 3<br>Land Rover LR2 - 2.5<br>Ford Expedition / EL - 1.5<p>Hands down the BMW X5 is the winner, great chassis, great performance, now seats 7, now has more cargo room than the X3, sure its a pricy piece of metal but for the amount of stuff it delivers, its a sure champion. The RDX at under 35k, a turbo I4 & its array of standard safety & luxury features is a wonderful thing (add in amazing build quality & styling from a comic book to that). Though the MDX in my eyes looks like the ugly Brady Bunch sister (well..i guess all of them are ugly), is a wonderful purchase, its an RDX with more power, more room & more capabilities, now if that recent rumor that Honda wanted to add V8s to its Acura lineup is true.. -The GL450 won Motor Trends Truck of the Year award; not here. The ML350 is 15k cheaper, performs better, has the same packaging (only cheaper) yet it seats 2 less is a more erutide buy. Both of GMs full-size Chevy SUVs are the best ever, i personally love the new styling, but it just doesnt strike as gold to me. Thank goodness Ford got rid of the Rover powerplant & the Freelanders rubbish reliability, the LR2 is a massive improvement, but like the Tahoe/Burb, just doesnt do it for me. The Expedition is a slight improvement, although does not have a chance over the ones listed above<p><B>Guys lets include in a brief explanation for our choices if we can</B><br> <br>

12-12-2006, 03:15 PM
Acura MDX- 5<br>Acura RDX- 5<br>BMW X5- 5<br>Chevrolet Suburban- 4.5<br>Chevrolet Tahoe- 4.5<br>Ford Expedition- 5<br>Land Rover LR2- 4<br>Mercedes-Benz GL450- 5<br>

12-14-2006, 07:00 PM
MDX: 3<br>RDX: 4.5<br>X5: 2.5<br>Suburban: 5<br>Tahoe: 5<br>Expedition: 5<br>LR2: 5<br>GL450: 3

12-14-2006, 10:52 PM
Acura MDX - 4.5 - Wow, a sexy Acura.<br>Acura RDX - 3 - Something about the proportions says "no", but its got SH-AWD<br>BMW X5 - 5 - No explanation needed<br>Chevrolet Suburban - 4 - Really changed my perception of GM<br>Chevrolet Tahoe - 4 - See Suburban<br>Ford Expedition - 4 - Kinda dated, but it should be the smoothest riding large SUV with its IRS<br>Land Rover LR2 - 4 - Leaps and bounds better than the predecessor<br>Mercedes-Benz GL450 - 3 - An ML-XL<p>Overall, all these cars are really good, not one I would mind owning.

12-16-2006, 01:02 PM
<B><br>Acura MDX - 3.5<br>Acura RDX - 2.5<br>BMW X5 - 4<br>Chevrolet Suburban - 3<br>Chevrolet Tahoe - 3.5<br>Ford Expedition - 3<br>Land Rover LR2 - 2.5<br>Mercedes-Benz GL450 - 3<p></B>

12-16-2006, 04:06 PM
Acura MDX - 3.5<br>Acura RDX - 2<br>BMW X5 - 5<br>Chevrolet Suburban - 2<br>Chevrolet Tahoe - 2<br>Ford Expedition -1<br>Land Rover LR2 - 5<br>Mercedes-Benz GL450 - 4.5

12-16-2006, 05:34 PM
Acura MDX - 5<br>Acura RDX - 4.5<br>BMW X5 - 5<br>Chevrolet Suburban - 4<br>Chevrolet Tahoe - 4.5<br>Ford Expedition - 4<br>Land Rover LR2 - 3.5<br>Mercedes-Benz GL450 - 5

Swallow Doretti
12-19-2006, 02:46 PM
Acura MDX: 4.5<br>Acura RDX: 3.5<br>BMW X5: 4<br>Chevrolet Suburban: 3.5<br>Chevrolet Tahoe: 3<br>Ford Expedition: 4<br>Land Rover LR2: 2<br>Mercedes-Benz GL450: 2.5

12-21-2006, 10:52 PM
Acura MDX - 3points<br>Acura RDX - 5points<br>BMW X5 - 4points<br>Chevrolet Suburban - 1point<br>Chevrolet Tahoe - 1point<br>Ford Expedition - 2points (it at least has IRS)<br>Land Rover LR2 - 5points<br>Mercedes-Benz GL450 - 5points

12-22-2006, 03:31 AM
Acura MDX - 1<br>Acura RDX - 2<br>BMW X5 - 2<br>Chevrolet Suburban - 2<br>Chevrolet Tahoe - 2<br>Ford Expedition - 1<br>Land Rover LR2 - 5<br>Mercedes-Benz GL450 - 3<br>

Mike B.
12-23-2006, 12:36 AM
Acura MDX = 5.0<p>Acura RDX = 4.0<p>BMW X5 = 4.5<p>Chevrolet Suburban = 3.5<p>Chevrolet Tahoe = 3.0<p>Ford Expedition = 3.5<p>Land Rover LR2 = 3.0<p>Mercedes-Benz GL450 = 5.0<p>Mike

12-25-2006, 07:49 PM
Acura MDX - 5<br>Acura RDX - 4.5<br>Land Rover LR2/Freelander 2 - 4<br>BMW X5 - 4<br>Chevrolet Tahoe - 3<br>Ford Expedition - 3<br>Mercedes-Benz GL450 - 2.5<br>Chevrolet Suburban - 2.5

12-26-2006, 07:26 AM
Acura MDX 3 points I'm not really sold on the Pilot tarted up<br>Acura RDX 2 points The styling is silly busy<br>LR2 2 points a good effort but the LR3 is more worth the money<br>BMW X5 1 point I've never been impressed with it and still am not<br>Chevy Tahoe 4 points GM did a great job<br>Ford Expedition 2 points drives too much like a boat<br>MB GL450 2 points reminds me of Uncle Helmut's Jeep Grand Cherokee in its styling<br>Suburban: 1 point just too big<p>I guess I'm not amazed by any of the vehicles on the list really<br>