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Pros: Performance, Performance Performance. Safety though being able to get out of the way - fast!
Cons: The automatic heating/ac system is funky, I always revert to manual.
Advice: Get the salesman lost! lolHad an 2003 Forester X, liked it a lot, appreciated the AWD, elevated visibilty, and that it was compact enough to park in Boston's Chinatown. Wasn't as wowed by the creature comforts and performance, which was competent but nothing beyond. When I went looking for a new one on lease-end, I tried an extended test-drive (got the salesman lost, so he had to phone the dealership for directions home! ;-) of the XT Premium. Big SMILE! Yes, I am paying a price in slightly lower gas mileage, and dishing out for premium, but after nearly 10K miles, I'm happpy everyday. From the power leather seats, stadium sunroof, stability control, great acceleration and hyper-adequate sound system, I'm always happy looking out over the turbo scoop.
Pros: Looks and interior room
Cons: Needs more cargo space
Advice: get the cruise control and the arm restMy wife has wanted this car for the longest time. She had to have a black one. We love all the room. The performance is good, the only thing that I didn't like is traveling through the mountains. You have to drive with the overdrive off and rpms get a little high. Get the optional cruise control. I love that is backed with a name like toyota. I purchased toyota's platium extended warranty. All in all, we love the attention that we get when we are out in it. People have told me that it is the weirdest car they have ever seen. All my co-workers call it a shoebox with wheels. I plan on istalling cold air intake and a dvd system (for the kids.) Great gas mileage and will perform on the freeway.
Pros: The Price
Cons: They way it drove
Advice: Test drive it first, then go to other dealerships and test drive their vehicles....You'll see a differenceAfter a week of research on the web I decided I would test drive SUV's tonight. My first stop was the Ford Dealership that was close to my house. On paper and the reviews I decided I had to test drive the Escape...OOps big MISTAKE. The Escape was comfortable until I started driving. When I first got out of the lot I really was disappointed. It didn't get any better as I drove you because yuo could feel every bump in the road. From a performance standpoint Stay away.
Pros: Red night time lighting
Cons: seat belt warning system even in park with door open
Advice: Buy it!Love it! Power and luxury combined....great features and design
Pros: Fold down seats and 6CD changer
Cons: placement of the cruise control and no standard floor mats
Advice: consider opting for the 100,000 mile bumper to bumper and road side assistance.Bought this car new for my wife and fell in love with it myself. It is still hard for me to believe they can load a SUV down the way they have this one for the price they want. Almost makes you feel guilty for trying to bargain with the salesman. Considered other vehicles on the market with similar features but I couldn't find one that comes close to the Tucson for the money and you can't beat the warranty. I love the way it handles. It reminds me of the Toyota Tacoma's handling but without any of the harsh ride. Feels rock solid and gets a five star safety rating. I've looked from top to bottom to try and see where they cut corners to save money and for the life of me, I haven't been able to find any. Have always been a Chevy man but if Hyundai built a pickup truck I would sure be tempted to buy one.
Pros: the color and look
Cons: the overall maintenience
Advice: don't get caught up in the bells and whistles3 years ago I purchased this car new loving the way it looked, drove, and felt. It's served me well, but I have to say that every year I went to get it inspected it cost me over $500. The parts on this car are cheap and do not wear well. My newest mechanic said he would NEVER suggest anyone buy an Ford Escape or Focus. It has cost less to maintain my husbands 12 year old truck. I cannot wait until this lease is over and after this I will never buy american made again!!!!!!!!!!
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.