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2008 Lexus RX 350 - FWD
Cons: Size of interior
Advice: Not for tall peopleCar rides smooth, handles curves great. You would not know that you were riding in an suv.
2010 Chevrolet HHR - SS
Pros: handling brakes speed
Cons: 18 in, tires are loud no dual exhaust
Advice: buy the ssthis is my second hhr ' first was a base 2007. this one now is a ss automatic. i just love this ss. lots of speed, great brakes,26 mpg all around driving,handles like a sports car,
2009 Hyundai Santa Fe - Limited (A5) FWD
Pros: 2nd row reclining seat backs
Cons: No auto locking door feature when shifted into drive
Advice: Put this vehicle on your list when shopping for a SUV/CUVGood looking and overall a nice vehicle. It's not perfect but for the price and the great warranty it is a very good value. I do wish it had a few more standard features such as automatic locking doors when shifted into Drive, back up sensor monitors and power passenger seat on Limited model.
2010 Acura RDX - FWD
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2009 Jeep Patriot - Limited 4x4
Pros: Low price for a usable 4x4
Cons: Road noise
Advice: Make sure you test drive at high speed on a variety of roadsJust a quick bit of info if you are thinking of buying one of these. Most of what you need to know you can get from the staff reviews. I was thinking of buying a Patriot 4x4 to replace my 92 ford explorer and get the 4500 rebate. So I rented a patriot for a day. Here's a few things I think the 'average' person should keep in mind when reading the reviews of the Patriot. With the current rebates, which can add up to $9000, you will get a heck of a deal for this kind of vehicle. Here's the good news - pay little attention to complaints that the engine doesn't have enough power or that the CVT is a drawback. I found that the power is adequate for any sort of normal driving. You can easily zip away from stoplights and merge into traffic, just give it the gas and let the engine and transmission do their thing. The engine noise isn't all that bad even at redline during hard acceleration. Here's the bad - as almost all the reviews say, you get a lot of road noise. It was just too much for me and it gets tiring after a while, you really have to speak up to be heard over the noise. Keep in mind that different road surfaces create different amounts of noise and it's mostly noticable at speeds over 50 mph. My old explorer has a full frame that really isolates the body from the suspension and it's a very quite vehicle, these new unibody, lightweight vehicles just don't have that kind of isolation without the car maker working at it. Chrysler needs to work harder in the noise area. If most of your driving is around town it may not be a big issue for you.
2008 Suzuki Grand Vitara - Luxury (A5) 4x2
Pros: Steering Wheel Audio Controls
Cons: Back swing door
Advice: BUY IT! You'll Love It!I was very surprized with how well this SUV handles and drives! It surprizes me all the time! It is a great car! I love it!
2009 Jeep Liberty - Limited Edition 4x2
Pros: all around capability and comfort
Cons: engine sounds like its straining on accerleration or load.
Advice: this is the best towing capacity you can get without going truck. (I searched a lot)ride is a bit rolly on turns or washboard roads but totally secure. towing is amazing. i had to back up a soft, gravel road uphill backwards with a 5000lb boat/trailer and it did the job amazingly well. pulling the boat up a slippery ramp is easy with 4w-low. miserable winter conditions are handled easily, and with remote start, awd and high clearance, i didn't have to worry about getting started in the morning, or whether roads were plowed. i carry lots of cargo and it has great space. my last car was a grand cherokee ltd hemi and i like this one better. ( my 21 yr old daughter got one, too)