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2002 Mitsubishi Montero Sport - XLS 4x4
Pros: 'Bulldog Tough' front end and the generous ground clearence.
Cons: The wiper controls
Advice: Research Prices!!! CarMax offers brand new Mitsu's and their prices are typically $2000 - $2500 less than sticker. Prices are posted online so take them with you and have the dealer match the price.The thing that got me first was the back seat leg room. With the front seat all the way back my knees weren't hitting the back of the front seat. I'm 6'2'. The ride is very smooth and predictable however, the alignment was out a little bit. With the touring package the interior accents are a nice touch and the sunroof adds an overall open feel to the passenger compartment. The only quirky thing about the vehicle is the wiper controls. Everything is jammed into the right side 'uni stick' on the steering column and take a while to master. I suppose this comes from driving GM cars for so many years. Overall this vehicle is a pleasure to drive and offers a great ride quality. I would recommend that anyone in the market for an SUV give this one considerable thought.
2002 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 - Commercial 4x2 Regular Cab Short Box
Pros: Automatic Headlamps
Cons: no power seats
Advice: consider the size in tight parking lots.Plenty of power, smooth quiet ride. Supportive seats. Great steering and breaking response.
2002 Kia Sedona - EX
Cons: wheel covers
Advice: watch out for overpriced 'dealer fees' ie mudguards, enviromental pkgThe test drive was good. The van has good pick-up and handling. The ride was comfortable, even on the poorly maintained roads around the dealership. There is an unusual amount of storage bins. No loud road noise was noticed, the radio was difficult to operate. There is not much room cargo room in the rear with the third row seats in place but the seat is easily removed. A good choice for the money when compared to other minivans
2002 Pontiac Grand Prix - GT Sedan
Pros: Spoke wheels and racing rails
Cons: There is no light indicator for the cruise control
Advice: If you are looking for a sporty car with great handling buy this one!We purchased the Grand Prix GT Special Edition and we like the way it accelerates and corners like its on rails! It is really an easy and fun to drive vehicle. It has dual pipes on both sides and roars wonderfully. Gives the feeling that you're driving an Indy car. There are only 5000 of these vehicles (Special Edition) made for 2001 and we feel especially happy that we are the owners of one of them. It is a great car for the money, looks and handling.
2002 Mitsubishi Lancer - OZ Rally
Pros: Sharp handling
Advice: Take advantage of the 0 0 0 financing and get the spoiler!This car has great getup and go! Stops on a dime and is very comfortable. Very roomy.
2002 Hyundai Sonata - GLS (M5)
Cons: Back windows don't roll down all the way.
Advice: You get alot more than you pay for.Very quiet & smooth, yet powerful. I feel like I'm sitting ln the lap of luxory.
2002 Lexus SC 430 - Base
Cons: Speedometer cluster
Advice: Express interest but deal patientlyThis is by far the sweetest car I have ever owned!