The Dodge Charger, Ford Escape Hybrid and Chevrolet Corvette Z06, were three of the thirteen cars chosen by AAA as its top picks for 2006. Every year, AAA takes a comprehensive look at more than 200 vehicles and judges them on factors such as ride and performance, braking, handling, passenger and cargo, space, value and fuel economy. This year’s winners are: Under $15,000: Mazda 3
$15,000-$20,000: Honda Accord Sedan
$20,000-$25,000: Dodge Charger
$25,000-$30,000: Toyota Avalon
$30,000-$35,000: BMW 3 Series
$35,000-$40,000: Volvo S80
$40,000-$50,000: Infiniti M35/M45
$50,000+: Jaguar XJ8L
SUV $30,000 and under: Ford Escape Hybrid
SUV $30,000 and over: Mercedes-Benz M-Class
Minivan: Honda Odyssey
Pickup Truck: Honda Ridgeline
Cool Car: Chevrolet Corvette Z06