Luxury SUVs 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.
2005 BMW X5 - 3.0i (M6)
Pros: I have the sports addition so I like being able to drive manual or automatic
Cons: It stays in the shop. In 2 years I took it to the shop about 20 times. Most of the time under warranty however BMW should be embarrassed for its poor quality. My honda of 9 years only went to the shop once,
Advice: Make sure you purchase the extended warranty. Trade it before the warranty expires.I currently own the 2001 X5 4.4. Drives like a dream.
2006 Land Rover Range Rover Sport - Supercharged
Cons: Gas mileage - 11.8mpg in first 3000 miles -half city/half freeway
Advice: Don't cheap out - get sat radio and phoneAwesome car - love the luxury. Its a great (SUV) drive. Love the steering (previously the Discovery had an appalling turning circle, not a problem now). Great car for the city with the turning circle, and park distance controls. I got the Sat radio (recommended) and the integrated phone (recommended, convenient, BUT sounds like you're in a tin box). Problems so far: sporadic warning that there's a suspension fault, happens once a week or so; wiper coverage (fixed in five mins). Would definitely make the decision to buy the RRS again.
2006 Land Rover Range Rover Sport - HSE
Pros: road condition selection as well as height adjustment
Cons: voice activation, very confusing
Advice: road test the competition firstTested the BMW, Porsche, Mercedes and Lexus SUV's in fairness to the competetion they all had certain features that are outstanding. For example, the Lexus has a smooth ride but looks like a shoe box. Mercedes has made great changes in the new ML but according to mechanics I know the car is not yet that reliable. The Range Rover Sport has it all, technology, style, comfort and breeding. I live in the Lake Tahoe area and drive in snow and the mountains, I could not have selected a better SUV.
2005 Acura MDX - Base
Pros: Engine performance, 7 seats
Advice: Do not buy this car! learn from my mistake.A very bumpy car, very plain seats especial in rear that makes bumpy car to bumpier. Driving around the block it is Ok and even fun, long drive on the freeway 70mph or more - HELL. I am thinking to add seat cushion that probably will look ugly - what a shame for a brand like Acura Engine performance is very good. My advice - before you buy this car - test drive it on the freeway! Conclusion, For the most of us car it is not just a box, engine and wheels and that's I feel what I bought - big disappointment.
2003 Acura MDX - w/Touring/Navigation
Pros: Ride and handling
Cons: Somewhat feeble 4 wheel drive system. 4 wheel lock is useless above 18 mph
Advice: Compare carefully if this if you do a lot of snow country drivingSorry Acura, but the 4 wheel drive system is somewhat anemic compared to other comparable vehicles. Think twice if you do a lot of winter driving. I found that the autotrac system is slow to respond and does not give the driver a sense of confidence that conventional 4wheel drive systems have. I enjoy the reliability and handling and comfort of city driving, but if you head for the hills or live in snow country this might not be your first choice. One last beef is the relatively poor gas mileage for an 'efficient' 6 cylinder.
2005 Land Rover Freelander - 4dr
Pros: look of the vehicle
Cons: repairs, cost of repairs, and lost of value
Advice: I would not buy it againI bought a 2002 Landrover Freelander in January 2003. The car had about 11,000 miles. I have had to constantly change the brakes and the light bulbs of the turning signals. I have recently had engine problems and after $4000 worth of work at the dealer's service center I was told the transmission needs to be replaced. I have 70,000 miles on the car and it has lost most of it's value.
2002 Land Rover Freelander - S
Cons: Cup holders on the dash are a bit out of reach and arm rests would be nice, like that in the Discovery model
Advice: Unless you have to be the first in your vehicle, wait a year, shop around, and you'll save thousands in the long run even with a handful of miles on it.The appearance first caught my eye but the obstacle course had me driving to the table to sign the papers. Of course, wanting the 'ultimate deal' had me placing the salesman on hold for 48 hours to see if I could beat his best pitch. Glad I did... I found my '02 Freelander in the Spring of '03, 500 miles away for $7,000.00 less and only 8,000 miles on the odometer which included a full warranty. Last Christmas we took this vehicle up north the day after a terrible snow storm. This vehicle proved its worth as it plowed through the snow and ice, leaving most others pulled to the side and struggling to make it to the top of a hill. The only complaint I have would be the brakes/rotors I had replaced (twice) since owning. The service department made that easy to overlook with the best service experience I have seen to date. Land Rover Louisville deserves much kudo's for their entire staff.