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Car Ratings

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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    1/24/2002 6:35:19 PM

    2002 Lexus ES 300 - Base

    Pros: very quiet interior

    Cons: lazy acceleration, needs more power.

    Advice: Top notch car if you are not looking for the performance of an Audi or BMW.

    Luxurious ride, separates you from the road. Very rich and elegant interior. Comfortable leather seats. Handles and brakes very well but lazy acceleration.Overall a very well designed car.

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    1/24/2002 5:42:54 PM

    2002 Chevrolet TrailBlazer - LTZ 4x2

    Pros: Memory Seating

    Cons: The plastic flimsy bumbers

    Advice: Test drive it.........

    Very smooth driving. Is sluggish off the line but pulls through once the RPM's are up. Very good handling.

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    1/23/2002 10:53:18 PM

    2002 Saturn VUE - 4 CYL (CVT) AWD

    Pros: COST

    Cons: Poor acceleration for a 6 cyclinder

    Advice: Compare investment: When you ask the dealer does this have good resale value? He shrugs his shoulder and said does any Saturn have a good resale value?

    With the excellent service that all Saturn dealerships offers, the VUE is a new invention that should place the Saturn division way in front. Its ride was comfortable but not plushy comfortable. You can tell where the cost reduction for such an SUV is located. Lots of light weight plastic in areas like the cargo section. Especially around the grocery containment. Its accelerates slow for a six cylinder with a slight jerkiness in the transmission (180hp). Its body is the best for those moments with those mindless grocery carts running into it. Remember its on a car chassie, so not good for those who want to pack a lot of weight into it. It's a very good buy for $23,000 base. $25,000 totally dress. You just becareful of GM products! Don't last.

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    1/22/2002 12:03:32 PM

    2002 Honda CR-V - EX (M5) 4x4

    Pros: the emergency brake.

    Cons: that the running boards are extra

    Advice: The $2000 difference is completely worth it for purchasing the EX

    I got my Honda on the strength of someone's recommendation who has the 1999 CR-V. I LOVE my car. It's totally cute, easy to handle, great interior features like storage bins and lots of floor space which is great for getting my 2 year old in and out. The gear shift (automatic) is on the dashboard and the emergency brake is hidden under the radio, and makes absolute design sense.

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    1/22/2002 12:19:41 AM

    2002 Land Rover Freelander - SE

    Pros: body integrity

    Cons: no arm rest

    Advice: get the sunroof; it's worth it

    I am totally smitten with this car. I drove the same car for almost 12 years before I purchased my ''lander.' Don't be put off by the price; this vehicle is an excellent value. The add-ons with the SE and HSE models are merely upgrades to an already generous package. I bought the SE, and I do believe that is the best value (the sunroof with the slat-shade is great) of the choices. This car is small but it drives big. One can drive an SUV with a relatively clean conscience and still get the big-ass feel of one of the Breadmobiles.

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    1/21/2002 10:27:36 PM

    2002 Kia Spectra - GS (M5) Liftback

    Pros: ease or reaching the controls

    Cons: noisy interior from the engine at expressway speeds

    Advice: you will like this car

    A good car for the money, surprisingly spacious interior, the ride is smooth. A very nice care for the money

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    1/21/2002 6:10:19 PM

    2002 Acura RSX - Base (M5)

    Pros: Manu-Matic Transmission

    Cons: The Type S only comes in Manual, so for all of us that want to drive fast but dont like stick....

    Advice: Great purchase, but dont expect alot of trunk room if you don't put the backseats down

    Being a 17 year old teenager, of course the first thing I look for in a car is speed. I mean thats what we all want right? Well lucky for me my mother owns an Acura 2.5TL and needed service. The car that they lend you during service is the 2002 Acura RSX that I had been researching for weeks. Well after my dad brought me home from an away basketball game, and I saw it sitting in the garage, I almost flipped a sh!t. I always wanted to drive one of these!! So after I wolfed down my dinner I plotted to take it. Plan sucessful. Upon backing out of the driveway I noticed the stick could be moved over to the 'M' position. Ah Ha! The infamous manu-matic. All in all the car ride was amazing. The Manu-Matic transmission did not produce one problem. The stereo system was on point. The car control was very nice, as well as braking distance and acceleration time. Trunk space was adequate for a teenager like myself, and if more room is needed the backseats fold down. Upon return, I was trying to be sneaky. It's kinda hard to be sneaky if the music is blasting and the brights are on. Oh well....