New Luxury Cars Ratings
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2002 Infiniti I35 - Base
Pros: It is loaded with toys and conveniences.
Advice: buy it.The car handles beautifully especially over rough pavement and corners tightly. It is especially quiet on the highway (I assume the 17 inch wheels have something to do with this) and the seats are very comfortable. all the controls are well placed and easily operated. The 250 HP engine provides for a quick pickup and effortless driving.
2002 Mercedes-Benz M-Class - Base
Pros: My favorite feature on the 2002 ML500 is the new exterior designing and the re-done dash. It looks great! There is more wood, and more chrome, which makes it look all the more classy.
Cons: My least favorite feature would have to be the back of the car, it seems a bit bland, Other than that it looks great!
Advice: If you choose to buy the 2002 ML500, get the GPS screen, you wont regret it.Last September, I purchased a new mercedes C320 for myself. My daughter just graduated high school with outstanding grades, so I decided it was time for her to get a car. After a few weeks she decided on the new ML500. At first I wasnt sure that I wanted my 17 and a half year old daughter to have a car 12,000 dollars more expensive than mine! But my wife, daughter, and I went to the Mercedes Dealership 3 days ago, to look for the ML500. In the back they had one with a Capri Blue exterior, and grey leather, with the burled wood trim. The car had the chrome side steps, sun roof, wood and leather steering wheel, and my favorite...the navigational system. I could tell that my daughter instantly fell inlove. We test drove the car. It runs alot better than the 1999 ML320. The acceleration, braking, and turning have been greatly improved. This ML500 did not have the parktronic system in it though...which I think is something that my daughter will need. She has a tendancy to not concentrate when she is behind the wheel. I ended up purchasing this vehicle. Have only driven my daughters car around a few times (actually my car) But from what I can tell...Its a great car!
2002 Mercedes-Benz C-Class - C230 Coupe
Pros: THE SUNROOF, you have to see it to believe it.
Cons: Rear styling could be better.
Advice: Get the Pan. sunroof and leather (C5 pakage)I am a diehard Volkswagon nut. However when I first saw this car I feel in love. Plain and simple, It was just fun to drive. I had to have it. The one thing I don't like about it is the wait to own one. If you order the leather, which is the only way to go, be prepared to wait, and wait, and wait.
2002 Acura RSX - Base (M5)
Pros: Luxury dealer
Cons: Harsh Ride
Advice: Perfect small coupeGreat small car. Handles very well. Lots of scoot. A bit too much road noise comes in thru the chassis. Ride is a bit harsh, but for a sporty car it's OK. Great automatic climate control. Great stereo. Not at all 'buzzy' for a four-banger.
2002 Lexus SC 430 - Base
Pros: Lexus quality in a sports car
Advice: Go for itFUN_FUN_FUN I love it
2002 Mercedes-Benz C-Class - C230 Coupe
Pros: scrolling dash information, safety features
Cons: smallish engine
Advice: Ask about all the features and prices before you end negotiationsSafe and stylish. Everything you expect from a Mercedes.
2002 Acura RSX - Type S (M6)
Pros: The Vehicles design and power.
Cons: There is nothing you really dislike, but as I stated above, I do miss the accoustic base in the stereo.
Advice: Awesome, awesome, awesome. If you can spare a little bit more in your budget, this is a must get car!While my last four vehicles have been either Honda or Acura from my 93 Prelude Si, 94 Integra, 97 Prelude and now my 2002 RSX-S, I never thought I could be more pleased. But again, were talking Honda. This RSX-S has to be the best affordable sports car on the market. The power with which it is equipped with is a huge improvement over my 97 Prelude. I cannot get over the low end and high end power and accelaration. Getting used to a 6 speed is a little different for those 5 gear folks like myself but, now I wouldn't trade it for the world. The ride is extremely smooth, the controls are big and right at finger tips. The in-dash 6 CD changer and the Bose stereo system have terrific sound, although I do miss the big bass Accoustic sound my 97 Prelude had but, the system is still very clear and has good bass with the subwoofer surrouned by the spare tire. The seats are very comfortable leather with plenty of leg room (front and back). The look of the car is a very sharp, fast and impressive style, especially if you get the underbody spoiler kit for an additional $2000, but well worth it. Trunk space is huge and there is a cover to hide your goodies when at a store. The four year/50,000 mile warranty is another perk of Acura. This is an all around great luxury/sports car for those of us not yet able to purchase a Porshe.