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New Crossovers Ratings

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    3/3/2010 9:12:50 PM

    2009 Dodge Caliber - SRT4

    Pros: The drivetrain.

    Cons: The console.

    Advice: The '09's are pretty rare, so it may take some searching around to find one.

    I bought my 2009 Caliber SRT-4 in August of '09. It now has 10,000 miles. I have been very impressed with this vehicle so far and have had zero problems. The performance is excellent. Using the in-dash performance computer, I can achieve 0-60 in 5.6 seconds and have hit the 1/4 mile in 13.7 seconds at 100 mph. I think that's pretty quick for a 100% stock car. I love the aggressive look of the car and also the extra room versus other compact hot rods. My only (slight) dislike is a somewhat awkward seating-to-console position. There's no clearance to use the console iPod mount while shifting gears. Other than that, I give the '09 Caliber SRT-4 a 9 out of 10.

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    2/18/2010 6:26:18 PM

    2009 Ford Flex - SE (110A) FWD

    Pros: Interior room

    Cons: steering wheel mobility - sync system

    Advice: buy it

    This model ranks with my last full size wagon A 67 country squire, but with all the modern tech and safety equipment. It was excellent on my recent 2800 trip to Florida and back. with gas mileage exceeding 26mpg at normal speed limits. Great addition to the Ford line.

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    2/16/2010 2:10:23 PM

    2009 Mercedes-Benz M-Class - ML350 4x2

    Pros: I love the black with black leather interior and the wood grain

    Cons: The black brake dust that constantly gets on my front rims

    Advice: New or used I promise you

    Actually I own a 2004 ML350 and I love it. It's spacious and sexy. My husband and I were on our way home when the tire blew we were moving at around 60 mph. The tire did $3000 damage to the driver rear end. It should have flipped or swerved but I'll tell you my ML handled it superbly and I am greatful. I don't want to drive anything else. Im spoiled rotten now!

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    2/5/2010 8:08:41 AM

    2010 Chevrolet HHR - LT

    Pros: Flex fuel , price , interior size and outside body style

    Cons: The buttons on the steering wheel take time to adjust to ,I changed my radio station while backing into a parking space for a short time.

    Advice: Test drive it and talk to other owners. Don't just listen to a dealer ! make sure it fits your lifestyle

    A nice ride with plenty of pep, even with the 2.4 lt. 4cyl. motor. seating is comfortable with leg room. We are used to large suv's (TAHOE) but find this a vehicle that fits our current needs & financial situation. Plenty of roomy space in the back when the rear seats are down and enough space for groceries when seats are up also. Your survey does not allow us to choose the year of the Chevys that we still own without an error. WE still drive a Chevy Tahoe 1995; a Chevy K1500 1992; and a 1982 C3500. Not everyone can afford new cars annually!

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    1/21/2010 8:00:33 PM

    2009 Chevrolet HHR Panel - LT

    Pros: mpg

    Cons: low to ground

    Advice: buy it gas saver and alot of room

    I have a 2006 i love it i get 32 mpg and i love the way it rides and drives

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    1/21/2010 8:38:14 AM

    2010 Lincoln MKX - AWD

    Pros: The appearance of the car

    Cons: Navigational system...none of the cars seem to have a KISS system (keep it simple stupid)

    Advice: test drive it

    I found that my MkX had sufficient power for my needs. The car handles well and overall the car is alright... Am somewhat disappointed in what Lincoln did to the MKX... Little things like no glove box light, the rear seats can be placed in the cargo position with a switch in the back, but you have to manually return them to the upright position. In my Mountaineer the switch was used to move the seats up and down...just seems that Lincoln cut corners The hatch back had a problem the first week.. but was repaired at the dealership. They said it was electrical.. Headlights follow your direction at the car wash a gentleman who also owns an MKX had a wire disconnect to the headlamps..again little things that have happened..

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    1/20/2010 5:49:06 AM

    2009 Honda Element - LX (A5) 4x4

    Pros: versatility, fits in a garage with a lot of room to spare

    Cons: none

    Advice: BUY IT!!!

    We picked up our 09 Element Lx 4WD over a month ago and from a first day it struck me as a very solidly build one. Let’s be honest we did not buy it because we instantly fell in love with it. At $20.650 new was hard to ignore – add a decent financing of 1.99 APR. We are well in our 30’s with a single child and we were looking for a vehicle we could utilize for more than just ride to work but also for outdoor activities: bicycling, skiing etc. My wife adds approx 20K a year to the vehicle so buying anything “nice” didn’t seem like a good and sensible idea. I have to tell you that Element surpassed so far my expectation as for the versatility and utility of the vehicle. Huge cargo room with a single seat folded you can put in anything you want . Durable rubber floor- not a carpet that you have to watch for spills and such all the time. The rear gate folds flat so you can haul longer objects ( fridges, washing machines and such, anything big). Some people complain about that it sluggish. I don’t think it is slower than vehicles out on the road – never had any problems accelerating the vehicle. The driver has a commanding view while driving . Seem to be as fast as any accord/civic (except V6 perhaps). If I want to go fast I usually use my CBR1000RR – believe me , this is fast!!!! You cannot mach it with your tin can!! So back to the Element – I f you are an active person using your vehicle for other extra activities and do not have to have every surface covered with carpet or a faux wood panels – BUY IT – IT IS EVERYTHING YOU NEED NOTHING YOU DON’T