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What Do Our Test Drive Star Ratings Mean?

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The About.com Trucks test drive team rates each vehicle on a basis of 1 to 5 stars. Here's what the stars mean:

1 star: Bottom of the barrel

2 stars: Eclipsed by most other vehicles in its segment

3 stars: About average in its class

4 stars: Stands well above its rivals

5 stars: Blows away the competition and sets new standards for its segment

An additional half-star may be awarded at the writer's discretion.

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