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2002 Infiniti I35 - Base
Pros: The performance of the 255 HP V-6 engine.
Cons: The relatively poor gas mileage (plus premium fuel is recomended).
Advice: Note the legroom if you're taller than average.The I35 felt powerful yet tight and nimble. The interior was fairly quiet and luxurious. All controls were well placed and easy to use. The addition of the side sills and rear mud guards give the car a sportier look. Although my wife fit comfortably in the driver's seat, I was a bit cramped at 6'5'. It is an overall awesome car at a great value!
2002 Acura CL - Type S
Pros: Sound of the engine
Cons: Wheel spokes stick out and are easily scratched
Advice: Drive everything else first!While it may not be the tops in its class in any one category, this car does everything so well that the entire package adds up to more than the sum of it's parts. Performance is excellent yet it's a very comfortable car. The gas mileage is good for a 260hp car and there's room for four adults.
2002 Chrysler Town and Country - EX FWD
Pros: Power hatches/doors
Cons: Minivan looks (though it is best of all choices)
Advice: Haggle--never pay MSRP, even for 'out the door' cost!The fit & finish of this vehicle is excellent, and ride & sound quality are first-rate. Lots of content for the price--no one comes close. As for reliability, we will see. But with free 7 year/100,000 mile warranty, at least it won't come out of my pocket!
2002 Jeep Grand Cherokee - Limited 4x4
Pros: Performance: Turning ratio and low road noise
Cons: Rear view
Advice: Shop priceand financeThe SUV is quiet, low amount of road noise. I had a 4Runner and it had wind and drive train noise that had me cranking up the radio. The Grand Cherokee's Steering wheel controls are slick. Plenty of grocery room aft without knocking down the rear seats. I have only one negative and that is rear view. The rear window is blocked out somewhat by the headrests. I will get used to the limited rear view, I have less in my Caddy, Northstar. By the way I compared this and test drove the Caddy, Escalade. The Grand Cherokee wins hands down, Caddy is too big and still a GMC truck, nothing 'sporty'. This exceeded my expectations in options, I have it loaded, even the 17' wheels. No buyers remorse, it is fun to drive. I can also flat tow it behind my Safari Motor Home
2002 Nissan Sentra - SE-R Spec V (M6)
Pros: the engine
Cons: The fact that it was four door not two door
Advice: check out the red it looks that bestThe drive was cumforatble but yet starteling when i think of sporty imports i think of two door. but
2002 Acura TL - Base
Pros: The cumulative quality of the car
Cons: The in rear window antenna's lack of reception power
Advice: You MUST seriously consider this vehicle before you buy anything else in its class!I love the ride of this vehicle! I'm not a speed demon, but I love knowing I have all that horsepower and torque available whenever I feel the urge. I've seen and heard lots of reviews from car magazines, television auto programs and such, but I have gotten an extreme amount of complements about the looks of this car - even from people who were driving Lexus' and BMW's! Everything about this vehicle is choice! Resale value, maintenance costs, insurance costs - all these things are superior relative to other vehicles in its class Sure, you can find some faults with it (gas mileage isn't what was advertised, antenna placed in rear windshield lacks adequate reception power and the tires could/should definitely be wider) but overall, this is my first, and probably not my last, TL....P.S. and even not getting the Type S or Navi options doesn't diminish this vehicle in the least!
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.