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2003 Ford Escape - XLT Premium (420B) 4x4
Pros: Engine pick up, sporty look
Cons: rear head rests get in the way, front & windshield wipers are confusing
Advice: check consumer reports! this rated fairly well.......I previously owned a Ford Explorer 2x2, 2 door for 9 years. That was my dream car and I would have gotten it again but I needed a 4 door this time and finances weren't enough to get an Explorer 4 door. I also thought the Explorer 4 door was a little to big for me so I went one notch down to the Escape. The size is more appropriate for me. I've had it 2 months now and it is a very fast car- I have to constantly make sure I'm not speeding.
2002 Jeep Liberty - Sport 4x2
Cons: driver seat could go back further.
Advice: gas mileagesize of the vehicle fit me as a 5'9 female. I like the ride it was very comfortable.
2003 Land Rover Freelander - HSE 4dr
Pros: The hill descent control
Cons: Is very good in all aspects, I love all in this Car
Advice: This is 'The best Mini SUV ever !!!'Is very good in all terrain and the best SUV in the road.
2003 Jeep Liberty - Limited Edition 4x4
Pros: Chrome Accents in the Interior, Leather. When it's fully loaded it's amazing.
Cons: I am so tall my leg sits on the handle of the door, which is uncomfortable.
Advice: Make sure you like it, and if your going to get it, get it fully loaded. The leather and chrome make the truck!I did not test drive. Being 17 and stupid I went by looks alone. Didn't care how it road, but thankfully I was not let down and it rides fine.
2003 Ford Escape - Limited (600B) 4x4
Cons: Transmission Lever
Advice: Get the Limited 4x4, you will love itI just bought mine the end of February of 03 and I have loved it with the first test drive. I've always purchased Toyota's and still remain a loyal toyota buyer but I was impressed with this sport ute and love the V-6 Power. The wind noise could be dampened and the transmission lever moved but other than that I'm really impressed with this ford and love it.
2002 Jeep Liberty - Sport 4x4
Pros: overall quality
Cons: gas mileage
Advice: get one, you'll love it.Have had my Liberty for a year and ahve loved every minute of ownership.
2002 Land Rover Freelander - SE
Pros: Real off road capability with a luxury car ride.
Cons: Cup holders are il-placed
Advice: Don't believe the sales folks at the other dealerships. Actually look up the service bulletins and complaints at the NHTSA. The Land Rover is proven better.Real off road capability with a european car ride. The average SUV on the road today is nothing more than a taller station wagon, i.e., Toyota anything. This vehicle on the other hand is a real off roader that has been given the luxuries of a nice car.