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Discussion Starter #1 Announces Consumers' Most Wanted Vehicle Awards for 2006

SANTA MONICA, Calif.--May 17,, the premier online resource for automotive information, today announced the winners of the fifth annual Consumers' Most Wanted vehicle awards.

"It's always interesting to tap into the minds of consumers," said Karl Brauer, editor in chief of "These annual awards provide insight into consumers' collective impressions while the Forums and our social networking Web site CarSpace give glimpses into individual opinions every day of the year."

SUV Under $25,000: Toyota RAV4

Honda's CR-V had won this category for four times in a row, but consumers are quite taken with the redesigned 2006 Toyota RAV4, which has grown larger and more sophisticated. More powerful, too, if you opt for its 269-hp V6. The RAV4 earned 18 percent of the votes to take the win, followed by the Chevrolet Equinox/Pontiac Torrent twins with 15 percent. Our Editors' Most Wanted pick, the Nissan Xterra, came in 3rd with 11 percent. The CR-V fell to 4th (9 percent), tying with the Ford Escape/Mazda Tribute/Mercury Mariner triplets. Behind them were Toyota's midsize Highlander (8 percent) and the Jeep Wrangler (6 percent) and Liberty (4 percent).
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