New Coupes and Compact Cars Ratings
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2002 Saturn S-Series - SC2 (M5) Coupe
Pros: The Sunroof!!!
Cons: Nothing I was satisfied with it
Advice: Its a smooth ride, that handles extremely well!When I took an SC2 for a test drive I knew I was going to own one.
2002 Kia Rio - (M5) Sedan
Cons: the ride
Advice: It is only good for a 'first' new car. Never down grade to this.When I first Tested the car out before buying it, it drove nicely. I really liked the car and the way it 'scooted' around. It seemed like it was going to be a great car. Then after about 500 miles, the car started to drive poorly. It skips all over the road and the car vibrates when the brakes are applyed. It feels like I'm riding in a go-cart.
2002 Mazda Protege5 - (M5)
Pros: Sporty Styling, High Performance Handling, Mazda Quality
Cons: Needs a Sportronic transmission like the Eclipse or the Mercedes E320
Advice: If you want a Mazda and can't wait for the RX8 buy this car.Wonderful Car. Fast, Sporty, Drives like a Go-Kart. Fully loaded it's the best car in its class. I traded my 2000 Celica GTS for a Black P5 and couldn't be happier. It's a little underpowered but in the curves it could hang with anything. Only complaints are minor such as wind noise with the roof rack (especiall with the sunroof open) and the stock stereo could put out a little more power but other than that it's a definite must buy.
2002 Volkswagen Jetta - GLS TDI (M5) Sedan
Pros: TDI Diesel mileage, 40 + miles/gallon
Cons: cup holder in front of CD player
Advice: Buy one quick, BEST value!The best car for the money at under $20,000! All the extras with out being expensive options! Got the diesel, gets great gas mileage, went to beach and back (240) on half a tank! Lots of power with only 90 Hp, gets up and goes, and cruises smooooth! Sharp looker especially in Black with gold trim. Looks like a $40,000 vehicle, saves BIG dollars on fuel, how can I loose!
2002 Ford Escort - Standard (100A)
Pros: responsiveness and acceleration smooth with 5 speed
Advice: great economy with dependabilityIts responsive, handles well and never had a problem with it at 55,000 miles
2002 Honda Civic - LX (M5) Sedan
Pros: The ride - choppy, but responsive. You can't feel the gears shift in automatic.
Cons: The seats are uncomfortable, rear of car is ugly.
Advice: The best in its class - best resale too.Test drove the Nissan Sentra and Toyota Echo too. The Echo felt really cheap, and the Sentra, even with 10 more horsepower, performed poorly. Mazda's commercials kept me from even test driving the protege. The better-looking Sentra was cheaper with the same features and good reliability, but so-so resale and sluggish performance. The echo was too expensive and came with NO features. The civic was the best hands-down, but if Nissan can sell the same car with the same features for less, so should Honda. Why Honda discontinued the hatchback, I have no idea - it was their best-selling, best looking model. Everything is top quality the car is roomier than its competition.
2002 Saturn S-Series - SL (M5) Sedan
Pros: moon roof.
Advice: don't delay, pick one up they are great cars.This car is amazing, it is very roomy, it has zip to it and it looks incredible.