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This is 2.5 times the average new-vehicle transaction price as of August 2005.
Eligible cars must also be promised for sale no later than January 2006, and the manufacturer must deliver an example to us for our evaluations. As usual, we assembled every available C/D editor to take full advantage of our collective experience.
But for this competition, we agree to judge the cars in three general areas.
First, how well does the car perform the functions that we expect from it?
That's just dumb.— John Phillips Slap-Happy Transmissions Now that manumatic functions have appeared on so many automatic-transmissioned cars (the majority of our 10Best nominees had them), many are sprouting "paddles" on their steering wheels.With the exception of GM, all vehicles with paddle shifters also have manumatic gates (having missed the manumatic boat, GM leaped straight to paddles on the Corvette and Grand Prix GXP).GM also combines upshifts and downshifts on one paddle; all others split up the work (left paddle for downshifts, right for upshifts).The new Ford Fusion and the comprehensively redesigned Hyundai Sonata and Volkswagen Passat took on the returning 19-time 10Best-winning Honda Accord, which came reinforced with a fresh face lift.It was also a big year for V-8 sedans from Detroit, with the new Buick Lucerne, the Cadillac DTS, the Dodge Charger, which is already available with the high-output Hemi in SRT8 guise, and the Chevy Impala SS and Pontiac Grand Prix GXP, which are now available with the latest iteration of the venerable small-block Chevy V-8, complete with cylinder-shutdown systems.