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Pros: The appearance
Cons: Rear seat lack of space
Advice: Make sure your rear seat occupants are small and agile!I recently leased my 2002 Discovery II SE. I am very impressed with the ride quality, and noise isolation. I was, as others, disappointed with the rear seat space! MINIMAL and crowded. My wife rides in the back as we have a 16 month old son, in his car seat. Luckily she is petite! The standard features list is quite impressive, compared to other vehicles in the same 'class'. I opted for the lightstone leather, and the cold climate package, the heated front windshield is a 'first' for me! The power from the smallish 188 hp engine is quite adequate, considering the weight of the Discovery. The comments from friends/acqauintances have ALL been complimentary (re: appearance)
Pros: Traction control / hill descent.
Cons: Reliability... My Freelander has been in the shop 1/2 the time I have owned it
Advice: Buy 2. One to drive while the other is in the shop.The Freelander has good handling, braking, and a comfortable ride. I think a more powerful engine would help out though. Acceleration is sluggish. The interior quality is pretty decent (once they fixed a squeak in my driver's seat). The only down side is the reliability. My Freelander has spent over a month in the shop and I have only owned it for 3 months. I still wonder what the 'F4' engine code means...
Pros: Interior look, feel and comfort
Cons: Quirky problems that need dealer to fix
Advice: get the 3.0. FAST enough. the 4.4 isn't worth $10k.Unbelievable ride! I am a Lexus SUV convert. Didn't think it could get any better. Well, I was wrong! This is like driving a sports car in an SUV body. Yes, I've had a few issues with minor 'defects' (NEVER had that with my Lexus's), but in the end, its a worthwhile tradeoff! The other wierd thing that I never thought could be fixed in any car that somehow BMW nailed, the sunroof on the X-5 is SILENT when fully open at any speed. Most sunroofs are noise makers that need to be closed to carry on a conversation. How do they do it???
Pros: Heated Front Windshield & Heated Side Mirrors
Cons: Gas Tank has to be opened w/ your key and there's no despository hold for the gas cap.
Advice: Take it out for a drive & you'll fall in love.Amazing. I was actually set to buy a Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo (for 4 years) but test drove the Freelander & was hooked! Very nice SUV and much more distinctive than all the others in it's class!
Pros: The Bose Audio System
Cons: Front cupholders only hold small cans or water bottles
Advice: Go for the Touring package and sunroof visorThe MDX drives like a touring sedan. Firm and responsive steering with lots of power. You sit up high for a good view of the road. The leather seats are very comfortable and are easily adjusted. The 3.5 V-6 has as much pick up as the 5.4 V-8 I had in my Ford F-150. The perfect match of comfort and usefulness in one great looking package.
Pros: I loved how the controls for everything were located in the center.
Cons: I wish the back seat had just a little more space.
Advice: If gas is not a concern you will not find a better truck for the price!I was very impressed with how smooth the truck drove compared to others I test drove. I loved the dual sunroofs and thought the stadium seating was really cool for rear passengers.
Pros: Stable driving, smooth moving.
Cons: fuel consumption. It requires 87 octane grade gasoline.
Advice: Overall, it is excellent. Definately I recommend this car.It runs smoothly. I hear very gentle engine sound when it is accelerated. Handling is not as smooth as other sedan. However, rear seat space is very roomy and the appearance also looks good. Overall, except fuel efficency, i am satisfied with this car.