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2002 Subaru Impreza - WRX (M5) Sedan
Cons: Cargo space, pass trough needs to be bigger, or split rear seats would be appreciated
Advice: Make sure you get the wagon if you need cargo space. Other than that, the car is greatThis car is great, accelaration is excellent. Handling is great too, although I wouldn't mind it a little bit stiffer. Fuel ecomony is about what I expected, between 20 and 30 mpg mostly near 20 around town, but I drive a little heavy footed. Build quality is good, the only rattle I noticed in 10000miles was the spare tire squeaking on the metal bed in the trunk on my bumpy gravel driveway. I got some 17in wheels, OZ Prodrive P1's for those in the know that really add character and a few extra mph in corners. The stock tires are nothing special but I'm going to use them in winter...
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 midsizeON 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.
2002 Acura CL - Type S
Cons: Navigation system
Advice: drive it!Accelaration and handling are amazing!
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 :(
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 barginingclassic 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.
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 managerSome 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!
2002 Chevrolet Impala - LS
Pros: quiet, smooth, solid handling
Cons: only the payments
Advice: upgrade to the ls modeljust like the tv ad, after driving the impala ls about three feet, i had to have one!