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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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    2002 Ford Escape - XLT Choice (400A) 4x4

    Pros: It has very good handling in traffic and on country roads

    Cons: Placement of the gear shift lever is awkward

    Advice: If you are looking for a 4 1/2 passenger smaller SUV with a lot of good features and good power and handling, this is a good choice.

    It has good handling on many different road surfaces and in traffic and on freeways as well as country roads. It has better window and mirror than on the other SUV's I sat in. I like its rugged looks, its versatility and its ample room as a small SUV.

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    2002 Chevrolet TrailBlazer - LT 4x4

    Pros: There are so many. If I had to pick one, I would say the automatic lights.

    Cons: The only negative I found is the Gas Mileage

    Advice: This is a great vehicale. You will love it.

    I was amazed to see how much it felt like driving a car. I basically do not like driving but this vehicle is absolutely FUN to drive.

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    2002 Buick Rendezvous - FWD

    Pros: Fold down and removable seats plus flat floor providing much cargo space

    Cons: The engine lacks power

    Advice: Get the versatrak option

    The quality of ride is excellent for a vehicle of its size and capacity; the appearance is good as well. For an active person who wants to transport bikes or skis or trees for that matter, it's great. The one negative is the lack of power when accelerating from a dead stop. The vehicle needs more horsepower at its weight.

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    2002 Volkswagen Jetta - GLS 2.8L (EOP Week 40) (M5) Sedan

    Pros: the V6 engine

    Cons: the gas milage

    Advice: Beware of the gas milage claims

    This is a truely comfortable car to drive. I've owned the 4 cylinder also and the V6 is much smoother and quieter and plenty powerful. The fit and finish are excellent, although I have had some problems that are a little concerning to me such as the passenger window falling into the door, and the springs under both seats falling out. Minor, but irritating. The biggest surprise has been that the car does no better than 278 miles on a tank of gas, far short of what was claimed. I drive 148 miles each way to work, and have not gotten 300 miles from a tank yet.

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    2002 Jeep Liberty - Sport 4x4

    Pros: The reinforced steel cage.

    Cons: The door opening width.

    Advice: Its a great nimble 'small' suv with lots of interior room.

    The Jeep Liberty accelerates quickly and manuveurs like a sports car. I am getting close to 20 mpg on the 3.7l v-6 engine. It has more leg and head room than the Grand Cherokee, which is a plus since I am 6'3'.

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    2002 Cadillac DeVille - DTS

    Pros: Driving position and ergonomics.

    Cons: Lack of sunvisor extensions.

    Advice: Learn to use all the features of the vehicle.

    This car was certainly made with the 1950's-1960's muscle car enthusiast in mind. It provides comfort, power, handling, and overall satisfaction of ownership. It has enough interior room to suit a large man. It is not a kiddie toy.

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    2002 Audi A4 - T (M5) quattro Sedan

    Pros: Quattro

    Cons: The time delay between volume and chanel preset. You have to wait for the volume function to clear before you can switch the chanels.

    Advice: Buckle up

    This car is truly a work of art. It drives great, and it's a head turner.