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    2002 Ford Explorer - XLS 4x4

    Pros: handling characteristic

    Cons: grab handle on front passenger side

    Advice: I think its an excellent choice

    Acceleration from an on ramp to highway speeds somewhat sluggish with the air conditioner turned on. The back window rattles on bumpy roads. This model does not have cross bars for the roof rack. Overall, I'm pleased with appearance,roomy interior space and driveability. Extraordinarily stable in most all driving conditions...side winds, 18 wheelers passing, roundabouts, quick turns. An improved and pleasant driving experience from the older model Explorers.

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    2002 GMC Envoy - SLT 4x4

    Pros: performance

    Cons: recall

    Advice: wait a year before you buy this one

    good performance and ride for the first 600 miles then it was recalled I have been with out it for 10 days and GM can't tell me how long it will take to fix it

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    2002 GMC Envoy - SLE 4x2

    Pros: performance&easy to use controls

    Cons: the recall

    Advice: It's well worth the buy

    handles well and has a very smooth ride

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    2002 Subaru Impreza - WRX (M5) Wagon

    Pros: 4-wheel drive

    Cons: Lack of heated seats and sunroof

    Advice: Be sure you need this performance and check room

    Nice performing car. Not so good gas mileage or ride quality though.

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    2002 Subaru Impreza - WRX (M5) Wagon

    Pros: Drive feel

    Cons: Lack of sunroof & heated seat's options. Also back seats a little hard to get into.

    Advice: Definitely worth a test drive.

    This car is wonderful. It has more overall power than most people need. While it's not superfast when you first step on the gas, it picks up steam quickly. The handling was great, good road feel. The seats hug your body and are supportive. The sound system is good, but a bit bassy for my tastes. Rear seats fold flat - a nice feature.

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    2002 Ford Thunderbird - Premium (110A)

    Pros: The overall styling. Classic lines, retro features like the grill and porthole hardtop.

    Cons: The interior is rather mundane compared to the high style exterior.

    Advice: Order now and expect a long wait unless you're willing to pay a big premium.

    Ford hasn't let anyone test drive this car yet (3/9/01). However, based on information about the Lincoln LS - which shares the same powertrain and platform - it should be a good performance, nice handling, smooth ride. The shortened chassis reportedly caused some rear-end stability problems, but Ford pushed back the Job1 date to 5/21/01 to remedy that. The real difficulty with this car will be finding a way to test drive before purchase. Most dealers are already overbooked and charging a hefty premium to would-be buyers. The best I can say is the clean, classic styling and Thunderbird heritage makes this a must-have for the enthusiast, and hope its drivability lives up to the reputation of the brand name.

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    2002 Lexus SC 430 - Base

    Pros: Hidden rollbars

    Cons: small dash

    Advice: have fun!!!

    An awsome ride for the luxury buyer with an attitude!