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2002 Subaru Impreza - WRX (M5) Sedan
Pros: Overall handling and performance
Cons: No scan feature on the radio
Advice: Test drive itThis car offers it all! If you like performance, fuel economy, and handling, this is the vehicle. I read all of the reviews, and for the most part they were accurate about the pluses and minuses of the design. Looks aren't the greatest, but the more you drive it, the better it looks.
2002 Mercedes-Benz M-Class - Base
Pros: The GPS!! It works great, even when a accident blocks the road ahead, hit the detour button, and it gets you around it
Cons: The truck has the smallest coat hanger hook I have ever seen! You cannot even put a sportcoat on a nice hanger on it, plus it is in a terrible spot! The may have thought of everything else, but missed this one big time!
Advice: Get the cd changer and the sunroof for sure!I love the power of the vehicle and the feel on the road, wet or dry. The halogen lights are worth the money as they are so much brighter than any else you have driven. It would be nice if the steering wheel had some sound system controls on it though. Those buttons are somewhat small and a long reach.
2002 Hyundai Santa Fe - LX (A4) FWD
Pros: Beautifully styled unibody construction.
Cons: A number of dashboard controls are confusing and unintuitive.
Advice: This is probably not your SUV if you intend to go bouncing around in swamps and and on pockmarked terrain.My Santa Fe LX has the Black Obsidian exterior, and it is a beauty to behold. For being in the 'sub-compact SUV' class, it projects a surprisingly massive appearance. Sitting in the driver's seat and looking out over the hood, one is struck with the feeling of driving a hybrid of the Batmobile and some vehicle you might expect to see in one of the Alien movies. The interior feels spacious and is very well-appointed with lots of luxurious touches one wouldn't expect in a 'value' brand like Hyundai - heated driver and passenger seats, leather seats all around, heated side mirrors, extra power outlets, power everything (with the exception of seats, which, oddly, are not even available as an option). The car drives very solidly. The 2.7 liter V6 provides good power and decent acceleration, though it does tend to hesitate for half a second and then kick into rocket mode when you accelerate hard. And though the standard automatic transmission (mine is the 2WD model, and not the 4WD) claims to have overdrive, it really doesn't *feel* like overdrive while driving the car; i.e., when you take your foot off the gas pedal at highway speeds, you feel some torqueing down and your speed seems to decrease more rapidly than with 'real' overdrive as I've experienced it in other cars. However, the overall driving experience is very good, even with the minor performance flaws. You feel as if you're driving a big, bad, but very stylish truck, even though the thing actually handles much more like a regular passenger vehicle. And no other direct competitor offers so many standard features for the price.
2002 Chevrolet Corvette - Convertible
Pros: Digital Controls
Cons: Horn Sound
Advice: Buy Buy BuyOn my test drive i took it to the nearby drag strip. this car can get up to the 175 +mph in about 15 seconds. my personal views on this car- Performance- Top Speed easily reached and kept Comfort- this car isnt meant for people that are over 6 ft 6 Potential Buyers- nice car but the black interior is easily dirtied. also if you attempt to customize the rims DONT it will throw off the cars settings. becuz the car has a 1 inch difference between front and rear. this care will be practically useless oncee customed rims are put on. but once the rims are put on you can get the car re set up for that size. Speed- fast accel and great top speed Closing Statements- this car is great and everything is great about it
2002 Toyota Camry - LE (M5)
Pros: THE SMOVE RIDE
Cons: LOVE EVERYTHING
Advice: GET THIS CAR BUT JUST DON'T GET IT IN BLUE BECAUSE THAT IS MY COLORIT IS NOT VERY FAST BUT THAT IS NOT THE WHAT THE CAMARY IS MADE FOR GO GET A PORSCHE IF YOU WANT A FAST CAR. THE INSIDE IS VERY BIG. THE SOUND SYSTEM IS GREAT. I LOVE THE RIDE. THE GAS MILEAGE IS GREAT.
2002 Chevrolet TrailBlazer - LTZ 4x2
Pros: OnStar and the Memory Features
Cons: Small Gas Tank
Advice: Buy this very cool SUV! You will LOVE it!!I am enjoying my TrailBlazer SO much. From the tight turing radius to the memory center to the automatic lights and windshield wipers...I could go on and on. It has great pick-up and I don't know how many people have stopped me to gawk at it. Some kids working at a fast food restaurant even gave me free food when I went through the drive through because I had such a 'cool car'! ha ha I LOVE MY TRAILBLAZER!!!
2002 Toyota Tacoma - (M5) 4x4 Xtracab
Pros: TRD package
Cons: price price price
Advice: if you want a true off road truck this is iti have a 4x4 xcab 4banger toy with the TRD package with the locking dif. Let me tell you that this 4banger truck goes places most Z71's and other full size trucks could only dream. It's so refined and smooth yet it can play in the rough stuff too. It's truely a swiss army knife. It's priced high but i belive you get what you pay for as I owned a GMC and it was a hunk of junk.