2006 SUV of the Year Goes to… 

2006 SUV of the Year Goes to…

Who would have though that in the Ford-dominated Sport Utility Vehicle category, another Japanese carmaker would shine. Honda bags the 2006 Car of the year award and this time for the 2006 SUV of the Year, the Nissan Xterra receives a standing ovation.


Motor Trend, the industry’s widely recognized authority in the automotive industry, awarded the most prestigious award of the year for SUVs to Nissan Xterra for its impressive engineering, design, performance and safety. Its winning qualities inside and out are sure to give its users the best return for their investment.

Says Mr. Angus MacKenzie, editor-in-chief of Motor Trend magazine, "Our audience depends on us to honor the new model that best demonstrates overall superiority, significance and value, and the Xterra stood out in each of those categories for its outstanding engineering, impressive on and off-road ability and clear focus on its target customers."

A total of twelve contenders underwent comprehensive tests, including off-road, street and track testing. All vehicles are either new or redesigned 2006 models to be sold starting January 1, 2006, according to Motor Trend. Among those that vied for the title are Ford Explorer, Hummer H3, Hyundai Tucson, Jeep Commander, Kia Sportage, Mercedes-Benz ML, Mercury Mountaineer, Pontiac Torrent, Range Rover Sport, Subaru Tribeca, and the Suzuki Grand Vitara.

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