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2002 Chevrolet TrailBlazer - LT 4x4
Pros: Power of the car for mountain driving.
Cons: To new to know
Advice: Drive it first then compare other similar SUV's to it's performanceHandles very will, very responsive on drive to Lake Tahoe. Comfort was great, did not feel tired when I got out of the car
2002 Hyundai Sonata - Base (M5)
Pros: the overall affordability
Cons: ABS not standard
Advice: go to a dealer to see and test drive yourself.Of all the cars we tested, this one really had it all. It looks great - I turn heads everywhere I go. The drive is so smooth and quiet - luxury quality. And with the 5 year/60k warranty, I will actually have it paid off before the warranty expires. This is the happiest I've ever been with a new car purchase. The best part, the closest Hyundai dealership is 60 miles from our town, so the salesman did all of our financing over the phone and then actually drove the car to us the same evening.
2002 Chevrolet Cavalier - LS Sedan
Pros: good gas mileage
Cons: head room
Advice: it is a great buy for he moneyThe car handled nicely. It is easy to park. It was also fun to drive. I am about 5'19' and could have used more headroom.
2002 Lincoln Navigator - 4x4
Cons: CENTER CONSOL TAKES UP TOO MUCH ROOM
Advice: TRY THR EXPEDITION FIRSTBIG POWERFULL AND GENERALLY SPACIOUS ALTHOUGH CENTER CONSOLE TAKES UP A LOT OF HIP ROOM. DETAIL ITEMS; DOOR FIT,PAINT ETC DOESN'T MATCH UP TO HIGH STANDARD IMPORTS
2002 Chevrolet Avalanche 1500 - 4x4
Pros: Conversion from a SUV to a truck in a flash!
Cons: Parking the vehicle.
Advice: Drive it and you will love it!It drives like a luxury car. The steering has a little play in it, but manageable. The get up and go of the vehicle is not that great. Pf course, I like speed! When driving the Avalanche, you do get alot of head turns! What is that??? This is the look you get on the road! Great SUV! I will not call it a truck!
2002 Subaru Impreza - WRX (M5) Sedan
Pros: AWD with tons of torque
Cons: Vehicle seems less stable @ +110mph due - could be solved w/suspension upgrade
Advice: Skip carbon fiber trim and get the suspension upgrade + performance mufflerI replaced my 1998 Honda Prelude Type SH with this vehicle and never looked back. The straight line acceleration is incredible with minimal engine noise (unlike the Prelude VTEC)...and the AWD allows me an additional 10-20 mph cornering speed on my favorite roads. It is also a very friendly day-to-day driver...easy to get in and out of, 4 doors, large trunk, etc. Acquire one if you have the means. I cannot wait to drive it everyday!!
2002 Jaguar X-Type - 2.5L (M5)
Cons: Real (?) wood trim looks and feels like plastic
Advice: If you're concerned about Jag's rep for mechincal problems as I was (am), Lease it. All servicing comes with it along with a comprehesive AAA like roadside assistance pacage.I've had my X-type for 3 months. equipped with 3L engine/auto, Luxury and Weather packages. It handles like a sports car with all the comforts and amenities of a luxury sedan. It's a joy to drive on back roads (every bit as fun as my old Triumph Spitfire used to be). However, it is equally good on the expressways. Plenty of power especially at the high end and at the low end too if you hit the 'S' button (neat for leaving tailgaters in the dust). Safety features especially the side impact & curtain air bags front and back give a sense of security. Anxious to try out the all wheel drive and traction control in the snow. This is my first Jag and it is everything I'd hoped it would be