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Crossovers Ratings

Getting firsthand information from an actual car owner is one sure way to get an idea of car performance once it leaves the lot. Autobytel features real consumer reviews that give the unbiased experience of a car.

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    7/27/2005 4:57:44 PM

    2004 Scion xB - (M5)

    Pros: Room for big driver + mp3 capability reduces risks of accidents caused by searching for CDs

    Cons: Engine feels like a small car, would be GREAT with a V6 inside, or at least more HP

    Advice: After driving it for seven weeks, it feels like a good deal. If you live somewhere with bad traffic, expensive gas and competitive parking, Scion xB is a contender.

    The Scion xB is an ideal ride for a musician in a large metropolitan area like Los Angeles. REASONS: 1--Efficient gas mileage (traffic + a/c blasting still has me at around 24-27 mpg) musicians are often broke, so less money spent on gas means more money spent on CDs 2--The xB can fit in tight parking spots, and negotiates quick lane changes 3--With the back seats folded down, there is room for hauling lots of gear to gigs 4--The sound system helps calm the LA road rage tendency, good low end frequency response soothes the nerves 5--It is quick to wash (9-12 quarters at a coin wash), and easy to keep clean, the angles of the car create a unique reflection of light so it looks REALLY clean even if it's only moderately clean 6--I'm 6'3' tall and 265 pounds, there is plenty of room for me. It doesn't feel like a subcompact (although I can't imagine making out with a tall woman in the back) 7--Good for tailgate parties/barbecues 8--The stock paint job has a few layers or depth to it, it's not just some flat generic paint 9--For a four banger, when I need to punch it, it moves. Honestly, I do miss the beef of a bigger engine, but with gas so expensive in LA, I can get over it. 10--I have a friend who is disabled, and it is easy for him to get in and out of the car 11--THE STEREO READS MP3 DISCS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Haven't tried a long roadtrip or a nap in the car yet, but the xB is my favorite city car I've ever driven.

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    7/21/2005 9:56:28 PM

    2005 Scion xB - (M5)

    Pros: privacy glass,interior exterior color,dash,carpet,smoothhhhhhhhh!!!!!!

    Cons: Cant find a new one to purchase LOL!!!!!

    Advice: I like all the Scions but this one has room,

    Just purchased 05 XB,polar white,auto,mats,door sill guards. Traded in my 99 Tacoma TRD for this and still have my 98 lifted wrangler. I like the smallness of the xb but its way roomy,stylish,120miles on quarter tank,black interior is cool. Its fun to be lower i like the standard wheels and tires,pioneer cd. Much funner than the 03 corolla ive been driving. Its a cool slow crusier. Some ask if i have a BMW X2? It was the XB or New Accord i was going to purchase the scion dealer got two in last night and both sold by eight hours lucky me jumped on it.

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    7/17/2005 3:43:51 PM

    2005 Scion xB - (M5)

    Pros: scionxb

    Cons: nothing

    Advice: buy it now!

    goood!

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    7/14/2005 5:47:00 PM

    2005 Hyundai Tucson - GLS (A4) FWD

    Pros: Can't decide on just one. Mmm...the round tires.

    Cons: The lack of attractive color choices

    Advice: Buy one!

    I spent several months researching vehicles and was drawn to the Tucson initially because of its saftey features (I have four grandchildren and drive in Washington, DC traffic). No matter what other small to mid-size SUV I researched, I kept coming back to the Tucson GLS FWD. The value of this vehicle surpasses even competitors that are considered to be in the luxury class: airbags & curtains front and back, rear center 3-point seatbelt, V6, Shiftronic transmission, keyless entry, alarm, three power outlets, number of cup holders and positions, cassette player, adjustable driver's seat, flip-up rear glass, rear head & leg room, large cargo area with flat-folding seats. The only option I had to purchase was the sunroof. Everything else was standard! After only 2,400 miles I'm getting 19-20 MPH driving in DC traffic! Was fabulous on a 6-hour drive to New York. I love this car!

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    7/11/2005 6:44:17 PM

    2005 Ford Escape - Limited 3.0L Automatic (500B) FWD

    Pros: leather interior

    Cons: passenger side front seat not powered and the sound system is horrible.

    Advice: the specs state this vehicle is to fit a family of 5......not true....it's only comfortable for 4.

    Handles turns smoothly and climbs mountains with ease.

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    7/11/2005 4:41:17 PM

    2005 Hyundai Tucson - GLS (A4) FWD

    Pros: color

    Cons: Power and Cargo space

    Advice: Do not buy one!!!

    I test drove a white Tucson but wanted a blue one. The White one had pick up and drove nicely. I did not get a chance to drive the blue one before I purchased it. When I went to drive out of the parking lot It had no power. When I got it home I had a hard time getting it from Park to drive. It has had to have the transmision replaced. I purchased it in May and have only had it to drive for about 3 weeks. It is now July. It has spend multilple time in the shop already.

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    7/11/2005 9:03:23 AM

    2005 Ford Escape - Hybrid (300A) FWD

    Pros: Too many

    Cons: Console between the front seats

    Advice: Expect it to feel closer to a truck than a car as an SUV should.

    My FEH is actually a 2006 and I just purchased it. So far, it is wonderful and lives up to its billing. Although you can hear the engine working on steep highway upgrades, the power is there and I've had no trouble getting up the grade. It also has plenty of power for getting onto the freeway and through traffic. My fuel efficiency is increasing, but there is definitely a break-in period. At 5'2' most vehicles don't fit me very well, this one is an exception; the seat is can move even closer than I need and it does not put me too close to the airbag. Plus, it has a sensor for my seat position and weight to regulate the force of the airbag. The back seats are roomy and comfortable, which seems unusual for a hybrid. The fuel economy is great for an SUV or truck, but not for a car so if you want look for the smaller hybrid cars.