Multi-Activity Vehicles Chowchilla CA
Highland Park, CA
Los Angeles, CA
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The multi-activity vehicle (MAV, a.k.a. sport utility vehicle) segment has fallen on hard times recently, the steady rise in gas prices continuing to take its toll on sales. Even though fuel economy among the group has improved in recent years thanks to cylinder-deactivation and hybrid engine technology, MAVs are still at a disadvantage when it comes to fuel economy. The tough sales environment notwithstanding, MAVs still have a lot to offer in terms of utility, visibility, comfort, and, in some cases, performance and design.
In the multi-activity vehicle (MAV) segments, the Toyota FJ Cruiser, Buick Enclave and Toyota Sequoia are the J.D. Power and Associates 2008 Automotive Performance, Execution and Layout (APEAL) StudySM award recipients.
Compact MAV Segment
Highest Ranked: Toyota FJ Cruiser
The FJ Cruiser was added to Toyota's U.S. model lineup for 2007. Developed with a younger audience in mind, this 5-passenger SUV's retro
styling recalls the Toyota FJ40s of the 1960s. With its body-on-frame construction and choice of rear- or 4-wheel drive, the latter complete with a 2-speed transfer case, the FJ Cruiser is designed to be durable enough for serious off-road driving, while retaining civilized on-road manners and offering such amenities as vehicle stability control, anti-lock brakes, air conditioning, power windows and locks, and a CD player....
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