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Getting firsthand information from an actual car owner is one sure way to get an idea of car performance once it leaves the lot. Autobytel features real consumer reviews that give the unbiased experience of a car.

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    1/30/2002 6:23:43 AM

    2002 Ford Explorer Sport - Value Manual (200A) 4x4

    Pros: Awesome safe brakes

    Cons: Average acceleration

    Advice: This is a tiny wheelbase SUV, make SURE the handling suits you!

    I test drove an Explorer Sport with the Choice option package. I'm 5'8' and sitting in the back seat with the front seats fully back was still comfortable, and the rear A/C vents were great. The fit and finish of the vehicle was excellent, no problems or flaws spotted. Considering how small a vehicle the Sport is I was expecting much better acceleration with 205 horsepower under the hood. The acceleration was good but hardly standout, at least with the auto transmission. I noticed some shimmy, and bumps in the road tend to knock this small wheelbase SUV of course somewhat. I would expect that from an SUV with a 100 inch wheelbase. The brakes were flawless. The air conditioning was very powerful and relatively quiet. The standard 16' alloys wheels were great looking and the Michelin tires were a pleasent bonus. Considering the size of the vehicle the sticker price of 23,650 was a little steep and the way Explorers depreciate, make sure this is a keeper before you buy.

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    1/29/2002 6:35:54 PM

    2002 Honda Odyssey - LX

    Pros: The overall vehicle design, convenience, safety ratings

    Cons: The fact it is a mini-van

    Advice: Buy one!

    Smooth at highway (+) speeds, nice on corners

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    1/29/2002 7:24:11 AM

    2002 Suzuki XL-7 - Limited (A4) 4x4

    Pros: The value. Looks and rides nice too!

    Cons: Only 1 color available for the interior. Very small third seat. The cruise control button is on the dash.

    Advice: Do your homework. Compare it to comparable vehicles. Test drive it in a variety of situations to really get a feel for how it handles.

    A lot of vehicle for the money! Other vehicles in the same price range don't have the little extras you get with the XL7 (tinted windows, air filtration sytem, extra power outlet in back). The smaller size makes it easier to manuver and park. Comfortable ride. The split seats fold for a variety of cargo options.

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    1/29/2002 6:28:27 AM

    2002 Buick Rendezvous - CX AWD

    Pros: The silver instrument display!!

    Cons: The pickup of the engine

    Advice: It's so cool

    I hadn't seen a Rendezvous until I went to the Detroit Auto show and was immediately bowled over by how comfortable it was, how versatile the interior was, and how stylish it looked!! I really didn't care for SUV's until I saw this, and I just fell in love with it. I drove one the next week and the ride was just as smooth as I thought it would be. The pickup of the engine isn't as good as it was in my Buick Regal, but I decided it was sufficient. My absolute favorite part of the whole vehicle is the instrument display (it's a really cool silver, not like the ugly white ones I have seen on other cars). If you like style, versatility, and comfort, this is an excellent vehicle to buy.

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    1/28/2002 8:43:39 PM

    2002 Nissan Xterra - SE (M5) 4x4

    Pros: I love all the accessories and the supercharged engine...price too!

    Cons: The gas mileage is low, but that's to be expected.

    Advice: Test drive this one last...you'll never go back to the other dealerships.

    I was looking for a vehicle that could support my active lifestyle. I own a boat and love being outdoors. This SUV emcompasses all the features that I was looking for in a rugged go-anywhere vehicle. It's very roomy, nimble, and with the supercharged engine suprisingly quick. The accessories are what really makes this vehicle special. I can throw all the wetsuits, skis, and tubes on the roof and they are all dry when I get home. All I can say is take it for a test drive. You won't be disappointed!!

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    1/28/2002 4:03:20 PM

    2002 Nissan Altima - 3.5 SE (M5)

    Pros: style

    Cons: problems with electrical and airbag

    Advice: do your homework - wait a year too new

    purchased 9/2001 had car for 600 miles went into shop for 22 days for airbag module.went in again 1/2002 for same problem. It is still at the dealer. Also ignition noise in radio

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    1/28/2002 11:06:00 AM

    2002 Oldsmobile Alero - GL1 Sedan

    Pros: Smooth ride and handling

    Cons: Emergency brake location

    Advice: The Alero is based on the exact suspension as the Grand Am, but the Alero's features are what sets them apart

    The most exciting and exhilerating rides I've ever experienced in a car. The handling on the Alero blew away the competition. I've spent the last 3 months looking at Alero's, Grand Am's, and Malibu's. The Alero, by far, beat them all to the line. I've purchased my new Alero and couldn't be more satisfied.