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Jeep Patriot – Comfortable and affordable for a capable off-road SUV, the compact, five-seat Jeep Patriot scored 38,620 sales in 2010, up 23 percent from the 31,432 sold in 2009. For 2011, the Patriot benefits from refreshed styling, is available in two-wheel drive (Sport 4x2 and Latitude 4x2) and four-wheel drive (Sport 4x4 and Latitude 4x4) models, and has base prices ranging from $15,995 to $21,395. Two-wheel drive Sport and Latitude models are powered by a 2.0-liter in-line four-cylinder engine with dual variable valve timing (VVT) , while 4x4s get the 2.24-liter in-line four-cylinder powerplant with dual VVT. EPA-estimated fuel economy is 23 mpg city/29 mpg highway (2WD) and 22/28 mpg (4WD). Ground clearance is a hefty 8.2 inches. Cargo capacity with rear seats folded is 62.7 cubic feet. Payload is a maximum of 925 pounds, and the Patriot tows up to 2,000 pounds. Be sure to check out Marty Padgett’s first look of the 2011 Jeep Patriot in The Car Connection.
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GMC Yukon –Like the Chevrolet Suburban and Tahoe, the GMC Yukon is a large, truck-based SUV powered by a Vortec 5.3-liter V-8 engine that makes up to 320 horsepower (332 hp in the Yukon Hybrid). EPA-estimated fuel economy numbers are the same as well: 15 mpg city/21 mpg highway, and in the Yukon Hybrid, 20 mpg city/23 mpg highway. Yukon can tow up to 8,500 pounds (6,200 lb in Hybrid), and has a payload capacity up to 1,673 pounds. Starting prices for the Yukon, available in SLE, SLT, and Denali trims, is $38,535 up to $58,990, while the Yukon Hybrid starts at $51,200. Sales of GMC Yukon in 2010 were 28,781, down 2.1 percent from 29,411 in 2009.
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GMC Yukon XL – Similar to the Chevrolet Suburban in length and powered by the same 320-horsepower Vortec 5.3-liter V-8 engine, the GMC Yukon XL sold 23,797 in 2010, up 41.6 percent from 2009 sales of 16,819. Note that combining 2010 GMC Yukon and GMC Yukon XL sales totals 52,578 – elevating Yukon above Ford Expedition (which includes regular and extended-length models in its sales numbers). Towing, payload, seating capacity and fuel economy are identical to the half-ton Chevy Suburban. A Vortec 6.0-liter V-8 engine powers ¾-ton models, achieving EPA-estimated fuel economy of 10 mpg city/16 mpg highway (2WD) and 10/15 mpg (4WD). The 2011 GMC Yukon XL has a starting MSRP of $42,005. See The Car Connection for a look at the 2010 GMC Yukon XL Denali.
Missed the first half of this story? Check out Best-Selling SUVs in 2010, Part One.
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