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2002 Acura TL - Base
Cons: Navigational system does not cover most areas. I should have purchased the Lexus
Advice: If you want a Navigational system purchase the Lexus or BMW. I am sorry I bought the Navi systemI purchased the Accura TL Type S a month ago. One of my main reasons for the purchase was the navagational system. That was a mistake. The navagation system is almost useless. Unless your destination is in the middled of New York City or Washington DC you will not find the address. I live just outside of Washington DC and when I want a location in the suburbs it is very rare that the address will be located. I went to New Jersey (Freehold area) and could not find a single location, could not even use cross streets. When I try to find golf courses in Maryland, Virginia and Pennsylvania I have been able to find one out of twenty. Almost all of the ones I could not find have been there for more than ten years so they are not new. When I compared the Accura system to the BMW, the BMW had every site I wanted. You see, BMW navagation system is broken down by area, Northeast, Mid-Atlantic etc. and therefore has much more detail. Accura covers the whole country. Well, I don't need Texas or California. On a BMW you can purchase the additional areas on DVDs for a couple of hundred dollars. In summary, if your reason to purchase is the navigation system don't buy the Accura. Barry Pershan firstname.lastname@example.org
2002 Acura TL - Type S
Pros: Navigational system
Cons: Small spare tire
Advice: Get an option with NAVISeats are very supportive and comfortable, Acura TL-s has a firm ride and very predictable and accurate steering. Super acceleration and Vehicle Stability Control is there for bad road conditions. All of it keeps you feel good and safe. Navigation system is easy and fun to use. This is a great car,
2002 Acura TL - Type S
Pros: Engine power and performance
Cons: Could use more head room (I am 6' 4')
Advice: Buy the Type S - For $2000 the performance is increased significantlyGreat balance between engine performance and handling. The car is looks conservative but surprisingly fast and refined. You should buy the Type S, for $2000 the features are well worth it. Even with the Type S we are getting 22 MPG in the City and 30 MPG on the highway - not bad for a 260 HP sedan!
2002 Jeep Liberty - Sport 4x4
Pros: The body style
Cons: steering wheel blocks line of sight to speedometer
Advice: Try every vehicle you can then drive this one it will sell itself.This is a lower priced vehicle with a luxury feel. The interior feels as if it is a luxury vehicle without the pricetag. The ride was extremely smooth as compared to other SUV's. The V6 engine has more than enough UMPH to get the job done. We found the steering very responsive and easy to control. The infinity sound system is highly recommended. We really didn't want this at first but the controls are so ergonomically correct we are not sure we could buy another vehicle without it. There are some negatives such as the steering wheel falls right over my line of sight to the speedometer but that is just about it except for maybe the gas mileage but heck this is a SUV what do you expect. After our test drive we immediately purchased the vehicle and believe it or not at about 600 below the MSRP. We feel we got a great deal this early on the Limited model with several options we had not intended to get.
2002 Buick Rendezvous - CX AWD
Cons: Reduced towing capacity
Advice: Compare the value and comfort to other SUVsI test drove the Rendezvous CXL hoping to find the 'comfortable family SUV'. I wasn't disappointed. The ride was very smooth much like a luxury mini-van. Pick up was adequate. I was most impressed with the interior features. The 2nd and 3rd row seating was roomier than most SUVs. Quality is evident throughout. This vehicle screams safety, style and comfort. I would think the Rendezvous will be popular with the 'moms'.
2002 Buick Rendezvous - CX AWD
Pros: Interior design is good
Cons: sluggish on pickup from dead start
Advice: Let Buick know that this needs to be changedI drove this vehicle with the full intention of purchasing one. I have waited for them to come out. The car is gorgeous in and out and seating is comfortable. Everything is great but the car doesn't have any pickup power from a dead start, with a fast start or a slow start with acceleration. There is plenty of power to pass when cruising. but very sluggish with slow driving. I still want this car but will not buy until the pickup is improved. I hope they change this as it was so disappointing for such a lovely car to not have the pickup power one needs to move quickly.
2002 Mazda Protege5 - (M5)
Cons: no rear cupholders
Advice: get the 5 speed manual transmissionAfter trading in my 2000 Honda Civic Si coupe for a 2002 Mazda Protege5, I can honestly say that I am glad about this decision. Build quality is top notch and the 2.0 liter engine zings when stepped on hard. The 5 speed manual is a must. Do not even consider the automatic. The best feature of this new model is its looks. People everywhere will gaze at it and start up conversations. The interior is as cool as the exterior. Silver accents along with carbon fiber adorn the dash and the shifter is topped with a cool ball knob. All controls are logically placed and you do not need to look when activating them. I have only two gripes about the Protege5: no rear cupholders and the location of the driver's power lock button. The lock button is really uncomfortable to reach and activate. Other than these two gripes I can say that there is no other car on the market that offers so much for so little. Here are advantages that it has over the competition: 3 year/50,000 instead of 3 year/36,000 mile warranty. Another is roadside assistance at no extra charge. You have to pay for that with Honda. Also, getting 3.9% APR for 48 months financing was not bad either. You can look cool and still carry four other friends along with luggage. If anyone has questions that you would like to discuss in particular please do not hesitate to e-mail me at email@example.com. I would be more than happy to discuss my favorite topic: my Protege5.