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  • 2010 Active Lifestyle Vehicle Awards

    Posted on November 12th, 2009 ninarussin

    San Diego area athletes weigh in on this year’s entries

    Athletes Judge the Best Value Category

    Athletes Judge the Best Value Category

    This week, two dozen San Diego area athletes got their turn to drive the 2010 entries for Active Lifestyle Vehicle of the Year, and cast their votes. The awards program, now in its sixth year, recognizes new cars and trucks that best meet the needs of active buyers. The program is sponsored by AAA and the Active Network. The Active Network has hosted the one-day ride-and-drive program since 2005.

    Twenty manufacturers participated in the 2010 competition, entering vehicles in seven categories. A panel of twelve automotive journalists, including Larry Edsall, Denise McCluggage, John Stewart, Jim Prueter, Sue Mead, Tamara Warren and others drove the initial field of entries and pared the group down to 28 finalists.

    Athletes on hand included members of Team Aquaphor, Active Network Media, and the San Diego Triathlon Club, participating in sports that ranged from surfing and sprint triathlon to ultra-distance running. The athletes’ votes weighed fifty percent in the final tally: jury panel votes comprised the remaining fifty percent.

    Following are the 2010 winners in their respective categories:

    Super Value: 2010 Kia Soul
    Super value vehicles have a MSRP starting at or below $16,000

    Best value on-road: 2010 Chevrolet Equinox
    Best value vehicles have a MSRP starting at or below $30,000

    Best value off-road: 2009 Nissan Xterra
    Best value-off road vehicles have a MSRP starting below $30,000, and must be capable of negotiating severe off-road terrain.

    Luxury on-road: 2010 Lincoln MKT
    Luxury vehicles have a MSRP starting above $30,000

    Luxury off-road: 2010 Land Rover LR4
    Luxury off-road vehicles have a base MSRP over $30,000, and must be capable of negotiating extreme off-road terrain.

    Green ALV: 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid
    Green vehicles have an environmentally-friendly focus due to extended fuel economy, reduced emissions and the use of recycled materials in manufacturing.

    Minivan: 2009 Chrysler Town & Country Ltd.
    This category includes minivans in all price ranges.

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