2002 Mitsubishi Eclipse - GT
Pros: Good performance, tight steering, soft suspension.
Cons: Occupied cup holders hinder operation of standard shifting.
Advice: Check into the zero, zero, zero specials Mitsubishi is having. You can finance for a year with no payments / interest then re-finance at a decent interest rate saving a lot of money.The Mitsubishi Eclipse is a very well built entry-level sports car. Don't expect to take off like a rocket, but do expect a comfortable amount of power and looks at a very reasonable price. There are a few considerations you might want to make before purchasing this vehicle though. First, the cup holders will hinder the operation of the standard stick shift. Mitsubishi put them directly behind the shifter. So when you go to Taco Bell you may want to go with the medium drink. Second, it is covered with nooks and crannies that can hold water. This means that after a long day washing the car you'll still get water streaks after you take it on the road. Third, you will want to make sure you have at least three lanes to make a u-turn. The turning radius leaves quite a bit to be desired. With this cars low profile you'll want to make sure you keep away from those curbs. All in all this is a great car. I love mine and intend to keep it for quite a while.
2002 Ford Focus - SE (400A) Wagon
Pros: Steering and suspension
Advice: Buy one ,you will not be dissapointed.The apearance is stuning. being in the automotive buisness for 28 years i understand quality inovative workmanship. The handleling is precise and feels like a glove on the road. I just purchased one today and am very satisfied. Thank you Ford Motor Co. for this new quality automobile. poquosonduck@ aol.com Michael Duckett Asst Mgr Brake king Inc. 5969 Jefferson Ave Newport News , Va 23605 My first initial response when driving this new vehicle was the tight and very responsive steering capabilites. The 15 inch alloy wheels and quality Goodyear tires complement the solid feeling of the road.The large front, side and rear windows provide a pleasing full view that adds to the driving exspiriance. The 16 valve Zetec 2.0L engine with 130 available horsepower provides very adequate acceleration and combined with the tight comfortable responsive steering makes you feel like you spent alot more.
2002 Nissan Altima - 2.5 S (M5)
Pros: The style of the car
Cons: The trunk hinges
Advice: Skip the Accord, Camary, and all the others. Nissan scored big with this car.This car is the quickest four cylinder that I have ever had the privilege of driving. The car handles great, and is comfortable. I would recommend that you keep your money and get the 2.5 S with the convince package or the 2.5 SL. Skip the basic Altima, because the extras give it class.
2002 Audi A4 - 3.0 (M6) quattro Sedan
Pros: Standard 6 disk in dash CD player & power folding mirrors
Cons: Wheel selection
Advice: A6 3.0 is a better deal than a fully loaded A4 3.0 Go for the A6!!My wife drives a 96 A4 and we loved the way it drives, however the back seat is way too small. The A6 3.0 Q is a great bargian for a sport/luxury car and Audi is the best at all wheel drive. The lighter engine gives the A6 excellent acceleration and with the tipronic it is a fun car to drive. Some question the The non-linear steering but I like it. This is an awesome automoblie for the price.
2002 Audi A4 - 3.0 (M6) quattro Sedan
Pros: road feel
Cons: functional look
Advice: get it!What an experience. New 2002 A4 3 litre is without a doubt the best/performance/price value I have ever experienced. (I have owned a BMW Z M, 530i, 325xi, Jag 3.0 X type, in both manual and automatic versions). The A4 has throaty power and performance and holds the road like you are driving on railroad tracks. It is very roomy inside and beautifully appointed.This new version looks like last year's A6 sizewize. Fully loaded, with all the feattures, it was $35,000. Unbelievable!
2002 Honda Accord - 2.3 SE (A4) Sedan
Cons: slightly bland styling
Advice: test drive both the L4 and V6 before you decideI drove the Camry, Accord, and Altima. The Camry & Altima were all new for 2002, but even though the Accord is 4 model years old it blows away the Toyota & Nissan in ride, comfort, and performance. Plus resale value is typically higher. If the 2002 Accord is still good enough to beat brand new designs, I can't wait until the all new 2003 model arrives!
2003 Toyota Matrix - Standard AWD
Pros: Combination of cargo room and good fuel economy
Cons: Small gas tank on the 4WD (11.9 gal.)
Advice: Pick up a better tire-iron, the one it comes with is wimpy.We got the Matrix 4WD since the winters in Wyoming can be harsh. Its acceleration is sufficient and its handling is quick and responsive. The Matrix is just about perfect for us; a couple just out of college. It is quite fun to drive. A hiccup we have noticed is that the 4-speed transmission shifts really hard as the car crests a hill. The only other concern was that as a new model we weren’t sure about the reliability. Since the Matrix has mostly Corrola guts we are optimistic.