New Luxury SUVs Ratings
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2005 Acura MDX - Base
Pros: Engine performance, 7 seats
Advice: Do not buy this car! learn from my mistake.A very bumpy car, very plain seats especial in rear that makes bumpy car to bumpier. Driving around the block it is Ok and even fun, long drive on the freeway 70mph or more - HELL. I am thinking to add seat cushion that probably will look ugly - what a shame for a brand like Acura Engine performance is very good. My advice - before you buy this car - test drive it on the freeway! Conclusion, For the most of us car it is not just a box, engine and wheels and that's I feel what I bought - big disappointment.
2003 Acura MDX - w/Touring/Navigation
Pros: Ride and handling
Cons: Somewhat feeble 4 wheel drive system. 4 wheel lock is useless above 18 mph
Advice: Compare carefully if this if you do a lot of snow country drivingSorry Acura, but the 4 wheel drive system is somewhat anemic compared to other comparable vehicles. Think twice if you do a lot of winter driving. I found that the autotrac system is slow to respond and does not give the driver a sense of confidence that conventional 4wheel drive systems have. I enjoy the reliability and handling and comfort of city driving, but if you head for the hills or live in snow country this might not be your first choice. One last beef is the relatively poor gas mileage for an 'efficient' 6 cylinder.
2005 Land Rover Freelander - 4dr
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.
2002 Land Rover Freelander - S
Cons: Cup holders on the dash are a bit out of reach and arm rests would be nice, like that in the Discovery model
Advice: Unless you have to be the first in your vehicle, wait a year, shop around, and you'll save thousands in the long run even with a handful of miles on it.The appearance first caught my eye but the obstacle course had me driving to the table to sign the papers. Of course, wanting the 'ultimate deal' had me placing the salesman on hold for 48 hours to see if I could beat his best pitch. Glad I did... I found my '02 Freelander in the Spring of '03, 500 miles away for $7,000.00 less and only 8,000 miles on the odometer which included a full warranty. Last Christmas we took this vehicle up north the day after a terrible snow storm. This vehicle proved its worth as it plowed through the snow and ice, leaving most others pulled to the side and struggling to make it to the top of a hill. The only complaint I have would be the brakes/rotors I had replaced (twice) since owning. The service department made that easy to overlook with the best service experience I have seen to date. Land Rover Louisville deserves much kudo's for their entire staff.
2005 Land Rover Range Rover - Base
Pros: Overall appearance
Cons: gas mileage
Advice: You'll love it but it's not a hybrid!Completely hooked once I drove the LR3. Loved everything.
2004 Land Rover Freelander - SE 4dr
Pros: Ride quality
Cons: Small cargo space
Advice: Give it a test drive and decide for yourself.The Freelander sits like large SUV, but drives like a nimble car. Excellent highway cruiser, precise steering with excellent brakes. It is a bit lacking in low end torque off the line, but using the tiptronic tranny in manual mode solves that problem when quick acceleration is desired. Rear seat room is amazing for adults, but the cargo space is smaller than others in its class. I've put 25,000 miles on my Freelander from the desert sand to the mountain snow and this thing rips though all terain with ease. Fuel economy is good. I get 23hwy, 17 city. The worst has been 16mpg and best is 25mpg. It is too bad that others have had problems with their Freelander, because it has been a fantastic vehicle so far and I have no regrets. I test drove every SUV in its class and I chose this one for a variety of reasons.
2006 Land Rover Range Rover Sport - HSE
Pros: The NAV and the sport shift.
Cons: Lack of availabilty at purchase
Advice: Enjoy it and get them to demo the test track!This is probably the nest SUV I have owned! The new style and quality that was put into the RR SPort is AWESOME! Great buying experience from Chris in Frisco ( no pressure) and got a great lease from Land Rover.