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Coupes and Compact Cars Ratings

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    3/30/2002 8:18:43 AM

    2002 Toyota Prius - Base

    Pros: The electric engine because it is so quiet.

    Cons: People can't hear the car if they are walking by side of the road

    Advice: Don't hesitate to buy one.

    This gas/electric car is so much fun to drive! It smoothly changes from gas to electric automatically. No need to plug the car in at night. Seats 5 people comfortably. It's a great conversation starter! Liked ordering the car on the internet.

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    3/30/2002 7:07:12 AM

    2002 Nissan Altima - 2.5 SL (M5)

    Pros: The Bose Stereo system... incredible sound!

    Cons: Leather seats too smooth and vinyl looking, more texture needed.

    Advice: Drive this car last, first the 4, then the 6, you probably won't go any where else.

    I have never had any desire for an Altima, but this car changed my mind. I drove Camry and Accord V6's first and when I drove the Altima, I thought I had a 6, but it was a 4! I was concerned about the 4 handling the hills in our area, but no problem! Passing...A breeze. The exhaust is a little louder than I would like. But the Bose is a lot louder! Handling is great! The car is a joy to drive. Lots of room inside too. I sometimes regret not getting the 6, but that is just testosterone talking.

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    3/29/2002 7:59:57 PM

    2002 Pontiac Grand Am - GT1 Sedan

    Pros: ram air and appearance especially the chrome tech torqued wheels

    Cons: leather seats not heated and not enough support from the side bolsters

    Advice: get the gt1 model or at least the gt model as they look much better than the se model and they also have the ram air v6

    fun car to drive and it looks great the upgrade to the gt1 and solid value package with leather seats,moonroof,and chrome tech torqued wheels is worth the extra money the 4 door model makes it easier to put a car seat in the back and for adults to get in and out of the back seat the car is a great value when compared to other cars in its class especially when taking advantage of the $2002 rebate being offered by GM

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    3/28/2002 11:47:07 AM

    2002 Ford Focus - ZTS (500A) Sedan

    Pros: The Stability/Traction control

    Cons: The cheap plastics and seat fabrics

    Advice: Like most American cars this is one to lease not buy

    The rental car interior and horrible styling ruin what are excellent driving dynamics. The shifter, shift linkage, and clutch simply aren't up to par with the meaty steering. Ford needs to copy the quality of the materials in the competeing VW Jetta/Golf, and they would make the best small car in the world. If Mazda's engineers were allowed this platform for the next generation Protege they would be well on the way to a great car. For now the Focus is hobbled by corporate cost cutting and a cartoon-like styling. The great stength of the car is safety. However, I had to order mine, because Ford Dealers won't order their cars with side airbags and without that stupid rear spoiler. Hasn't anyone told them that excessive rear downforce is not good on a front-drive car.

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    3/27/2002 9:18:01 PM

    2002 Nissan Altima - 2.5 S (M5)

    Pros: Exterior looks

    Cons: Defects, cheap interior feel

    Advice: Wait a couple of years before buying, inspect CAREFULLY when buying for defects

    This will be the car you love to hate, and hate to love. Good power, good handling, great looks. But lookout for the defects: radio static from ignition coil, thumping sound from gas tank, and the engine makes a fairly loud vibration sound in gear between 2500-3500RPM when cold. These problems have been only partially addressed by Nissan. Interior is comfortable, but plain and has a slightly 'cheap' feel. I would wait a couple of years to buy this model...

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    3/27/2002 7:07:04 PM

    2002 Kia Spectra - Base (M5) Sedan

    Pros: mileage

    Cons: music system

    Advice: check consumer reports if you really want the skinny. This car is rated as good as a Honda

    I am saddened by the reviews I've read already on this car; I have a 2001 Sephia that I've NEVER had any troubles with!! I've driven this thing into the dirt, too! less than one year old, and already 31,000 miles on it! No maintenance except for basics like oil change. I don't understand why these other people had troubles. Not a one from this beauty. Definitely would recommend it to a friend

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    3/27/2002 9:26:45 AM

    2003 Hyundai Tiburon - GT V6 (M5)

    Pros: The looks

    Cons: No ABS without a sunroof on the automatic

    Advice: Make sure you don't need room for more than one adult or teenager. Back seats are for small packages and pets only.

    Sharp looks! I get lots of second looks and every kid in a tuner wants to race me, it seems. I haven't given in to the urge to compete....yet. But this car will surprise many people. It is fun to drive and very responsive. I keep reading where testers think the car is slow or underpowered. I beg to differ. It is a bit heavy for it's size, (over 3000 lbs curb weight), but compare it's low end torque and sophisticated engine to any American sports car and you'll be pleasantly surprised. No,it won't blow the doors off a Mustang or Camaro V8, but it will certainly hold it's own against stock Celicas, Probes, Civics, Eclipses and Acura RSX types. I like the spartan interior. It reminds me of German styling and I find it refreshingly simple. It doesn't flaunt it'as style like so many similar car interiors, which I find overdone and plastic. The one professional review here complains about the hatch being hard to close. If he'd looked closer, there's a recessed grip at the lower right of the inside panel, that makes grabbing the spoiler unnecessary. This car's handling is very tight, although it does exhibit a fair amount of understeer (easily compensated for once you get a feel for it) due to the heavier V6. Torque steer is also evident at lower speeds in lower gears, but is manageable. Overall, I love to drive this car. Plenty of punch in it's stock form, above average handling, and the stare factor is very cool!