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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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    1/20/2002 10:38:48 PM

    2002 Subaru Impreza - 2.5RS (M5) Sedan

    Pros: Auto shut off headlights

    Cons: Stock stereo, it's kinda weak

    Advice: If you get it, keep it clean and looking good. Baby it.

    I'm 21 and my car is my baby. It handles better than anything I've ever driven, and is the smoothest ride I've ever been in as well. I love that it has the 'get-up-and-go' when I want it and the 'whoa!' when I need it. As far as the looks go, mine doesn't look like the picture, it looks better with rounded headlights and a smooth hood. It also has no fog lamps, but rather openings for them, but those are covered. So I love the way it looks. It has indeed turned the head of many envious mini-van driving fathers, and guys my age as well.

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    1/20/2002 7:05:57 PM

    2002 Kia Sedona - EX

    Pros: Rear air

    Cons: The rear seats aren't stowable within the van.

    Advice: Compare value to similar models!

    The van is reasonably priced with all of its options. The model we drove had leather interior, sunroof, two tone body molding etc. The van comes equipped with 8-way driver seat and 4-way passenger seat auto. Rear air/with vent over every seat. The rear vent windows are elec as well as everything else[except the two side doors:(] The van has plenty of leg room, front and back. I was amazed at how quiet it was inside. Roadnoise is minimal and the engine is undetectable. This is really an amazing vehicle. Honda Odyssey minus the stowable rear seats, but $10,000 less.

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    1/20/2002 1:18:22 PM

    2002 Chevrolet Avalanche 1500 - 4x2

    Pros: The styling, the performance and just the sheer size of it.

    Cons: Slightly difficult to park and has a rear blind spot.

    Advice: If you want a hard-core rugged performance vehicle that will turn heads, this is the vehicle for you!

    I was a little unsure about the size of the vehicle having always owned small cars but within one week I was loving every over-sized minute of it!

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    1/20/2002 12:28:02 PM

    2002 Oldsmobile Alero - GLS Sedan

    Pros: All the AUTO Stuff - door locks - lights

    Cons: No arm rest

    Advice: After approx 1 month of driving - I luv it.

    For me this works ... small, comfortable and easy to drive. Handles nice.

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    1/20/2002 10:01:46 AM

    2002 Chevrolet TrailBlazer - LTZ 4x2

    Pros: Driver's Information Digital readout on instrument panel

    Cons: The steering is a little loose right in the center position but it's not a problem once you get used to it. This is my first SUV/truck which is probaly why I noticed this.has a little null area at the center

    Advice: Buy the side running boards. I highly recommend you give this SUV a test drive and see for yourself how great a SUV this is.

    I have a little over 3,000 miles driving on both city streets and highways. The ride is very comfortable on both city streets and highways. I was impressed how nice it takes bumps and irregular pavement on city streets. It drives like a premium car. It's hard to believe it is a SUV. For a mid-size SUV it is very easy to wash. I recommend you get side running boards which make it easier to get in and to reach the topside of the vehicle. It has fantastic engine acceleration and power. My gas mileage does average out to be 14 MPG in stop-and-go city driving; it gets 20-24 MPG on the highway. The worst gas mileage I've had while highway driving is about 20 MPG due to driving through hilly and semi-mountainous areas. I highly recommend you go and test drive the vehicle to find out for yourself how great a SUV this is. I am very happy with my Trail Blazer LTZ purchase. I get many compliments on it's good looks.

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    1/19/2002 7:59:21 PM

    2002 Chevrolet Corvette - Base Coupe

    Pros: The 5.7 liter 350 horse power V8

    Cons: The long heavy doors

    Advice: Get the 6 speed manual transmission.

    The 2002 Corvette coupe is the absolute best bang for your buck in the premium sports car class. It combines throw-you-back-in-your-seat acceleration with tight handling and enough leg and head room for my 6+ foot frame. I actually enjoy driving to work every day!

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    1/19/2002 5:23:38 PM

    2002 Mitsubishi Montero Sport - LS 4x4

    Pros: The entire package - Comfort, sure-footed, looks good, ride

    Cons: Gas Milage so far 17 to 18 GPM

    Advice: Research & Compare... You will probably come back

    We were ready to leave the station wagon behind, but not yet ready for a sedan... the van was out... My wife wanted a pretty car... I wanted something that looked good, drove well, had 4 wheel drive, and could still get us to the outter banks comfortably with our family of 5 for summer vacation... Also checked with owners for reliability...The Montero Sport LS was the solution... Feels good so far... looking forward to driving more