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Pros: Emphasis on safety
Cons: Low slung spoiler
Advice: Bring a ton of cash.For the last 15 years we have always had at least one Mercedes in our household. The current jet black S-500 Sport is simply the latest and greatest. After surviving two collisions in previous S class models, one a head-on in town and the other a driver's side impact, I'm sure that we will always continue to own one. Safety, comfort and performance merge with one of the best looking packages on the road to provide us with a sense of well-being and confidence. I have driven this car for 11,500 miles without any scheduled service and/or oil change. The auto's computer predicts a service in about 800 miles but the driver's style of driving determines the actual service intervals. Imagine not having to return to the dealership for anything in the first 13 months! What a treat and a great time saver. The air conditioner is top-notch, extremely necessary in the state of Florida. And yet my wife can determine her own climate control and turn on the seat warmer for added comfort. The seat massagers come in handy for my bad back and the voice-activated phone, radio and cd player are convenient and provide for less driver distraction. I only have one complaint. The front spoiler is so low that when parking the vehicle the automatic lowering suspension often rests it on top of the parking divider. This doesn't become obvious until you pull away and the spoiler snags on the divider. Other than that, I am one of the S-500's greatest fans.
Cons: Door pulls
Advice: Look at this vehicle before ploping down money on a Honda, etc.Why would anyone pay 25-30K for a Honda, Toyota, Isuzu, etc., when they can experience the quality and style of a Land Rover for around the same price. This vehicle is every inch a Land Rover don't let it's small size fool you. Standard are all the features you pay extra for on all other vehicles and then some. I was sold, hope to keep it a long time.
Pros: Exterior look and available Leather package.
Cons: Wind noise at speeds above 55 mph
Advice: I'd suggest test driving at typical driving speed of 65-70 mph to test for wind noise.The Explorer Sport was a wonderful test drive. It was a smooth ride, much smoother than your typical 'pickup truck' feel of an SUV. Handling is good and stopping power with the ABS braking system is excellent. The only fault I can find with this vehicle is the increase of wind noise at vehicle speeds over 55 mph. I love the looks of the vehicle and the available leather seating package is a nice addition. Excellent sound system. The vehicle I test drove had a premium sound system with 6 CD in-dash changer. The sound system was also satellite radio ready. Very fun to drive and hauling cargo is a snap. The 60/40 split folding rear seats are easy to handle as well.
Pros: the ability to swith between automatic and manual
Cons: the bucket seats are somewhat uncomfortable
Advice: test drive and compare the prices. YOU'LL BE SOLD!this car really took my breath away when i first seen it. i never would have imagined myself ever buying a hyundai. But all of that changed when i test drove it. it had the ability to pick up speed and keep up. the interior is very roomy and the exterior is very classy like the jag. and the price....is well within anyone's budget. only problem is the bucket seats are not that comfortable.
Pros: the ease of getting in and out (new owner w/ bad back!)
Cons: no 'cubby holes' for quick storage of small items
Advice: take your time with pricing and options- it took me over a month to find the 'right' carcomfortable ride, great visibility - no blind spots, good ergonomics, v-6 engine w/ pep, bought the vehicle on the spot
Pros: New 5.3 liter V8 and drive train is excellent!
Cons: Smaller fuel tank
Advice: Compare then buy the TahoePlenty of V8 power. Very smooth and controlable. The steering provides quick response with an extremely stable feel. Suspension wise, firm and comfortable designed more for road cruising than offroad driving. I'm really impressed with the comfort and options on this vehicle. It's not just a truck anymore! If you need an offroad mud-bogger do yourself a favor and spend less on a used pickup truck!
Pros: dual zone heating/cooling controls in front seat
Cons: Not much but a coin holder would be a nice addition.
Advice: Shop around for best price and options package. These cars seem to be selling well thus discounts are not as easy to come by as on some other models.For an SUV provides a very comfortable and smooth ride. Better then the Explorer which I previously drove. Very roomy with excellent pick up and handling.