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    2002 Hyundai Sonata - LX (M5)

    Pros: lumbar - climate control - keyless entry -

    Cons: cup holders - poorly placed cruise control switch

    Advice: compare features & price with other midsize

    ON THE PLUS SIDE - Excellent adjustments on driver's seat, interior & exterior styling are improved, dealer financing was at an excellent rate, good standard audio system, ergonomics are very good for most items, keyless door & trunk opener are standard, heated power mirrors are standard, 60/40 split fold down back seat is very useful, standard Michelin tires , sport/auto trans works well, most comparable ares $3000 - $6,000 more. ON THE MINUS SIDE - Cruise control switch is inaccessible, front cup holders hard to access, ABS should be standard on top models, vanity mirror lights don't work unless power is on, no dome light for rear seats, more powerful V6 desirable, larger moon roof possible, leather seats are comfortable but leather is not top quality.

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    2002 Acura CL - Type S

    Pros: sportshift

    Cons: Navigation system

    Advice: drive it!

    Accelaration and handling are amazing!

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    2002 Toyota Corolla - S (M5)

    Pros: Good Sound, but too pricey CD player.

    Cons: No Seat covers like the Echo

    Advice: Remember, ~$1500-2000 less is invoice price.

    Good all-round, cute Spoiler. If you're in a hot area, remember interior color is important. Black=HOT! :) Pickup acceptable for vehicle (4 cyl) good gas, and control good. No ABS though :(

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    2002 Mazda Millenia - SS

    Pros: engine, ride, material quality inside and out

    Cons: deprecitation, back seat room for tall guys

    Advice: relatively unknown which leaves room for bargining

    classic styling, great quality leather, great engine but mileage is so so, the base model's engine leaves it feeling like it is towing a boat(but it is smooth}, tight back seats, excellent interior material quality and perfect paint, awesome fit and finish, smooth and well controled ride but does have a tendancy to dive and squat slightly during accel/braking, all around I am very impressed with Mazda's 'unknown' luxury car.

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    2002 Honda Odyssey - EX

    Pros: Engine and Powertrain Upgrade

    Cons: Low end speaker sound AM/FM/CD stereo system

    Advice: Try to get a better price by dealing with the fleet or internet manager

    Some minor rattling from both sliding doors. Quieter engine, definitely more horsepower and pickup from stop due to 5-speed Auto tranny. A major improvement! Tires are wider and lower aspect ration for performance. Wheels are forged differently to prevent rim scuffing. Now with 4-wheel disc brakes! Minor cosmetic changes. Honda emblems may be too large. Overall, Honda, has done an outstanding job!

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    2002 Chevrolet Impala - LS

    Pros: quiet, smooth, solid handling

    Cons: only the payments

    Advice: upgrade to the ls model

    just like the tv ad, after driving the impala ls about three feet, i had to have one!

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    2002 Toyota Celica - GTS (M6)

    Pros: Handling

    Cons: Visibility

    Advice: Buy a manual celica. If you don't know stick, then learn!

    The 2000+ celica is a great blend of looks, fun, performance, and practicality. The car handles great and has impressive acceleration for such a small engine. It takes some getting used to, but once you are acquainted with the high-reving 4-banger, you can really fly in this car. The hatchback trunk is huge and gets even bigger with the rear seats folded down. The GT-S gets good fuel mileage, but this is somewhat offset by its premium gas requirement. So if you want something unique, reliable, and fun, go for the celica.