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New Luxury SUVs Ratings

Getting firsthand information from an actual car owner is one sure way to get an idea of car performance once it leaves the lot. Autobytel features real consumer reviews that give the unbiased experience of a car.

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    4/18/2004 9:12:35 AM

    2003 Land Rover Discovery - SE

    Pros: Good offroad, if you want to drive a truck.

    Cons: Limited back seat room; hard to get in and out of back seat.

    Advice: Look elsewhere. There are much better choices for $40,000.

    Questionable quality for a $40,000 vehicle. Alarm system shuts down vehicle if parked for more than 10 days, requiring a road service call. Several problems;loose steering assembly had to be tightened, loose interior trim, oil leak, several rattles and squeaks. Poor gas mileage. Hard to get a comfortable driving position. I traded this vehicle after 11 months of regular dealer service visits.

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    2/17/2004 1:44:45 AM

    2003 Acura MDX - w/Touring/Navigation

    Pros: Too many to choose from

    Cons: The accessability to the third row seating

    Advice: Before test driving the MDX, test drive the other SUVs and compare the difference.

    The MDX is the one SUV that you should consider to buy. The acceleration is great. Very smooth riding SUV, cannot tell that the transmission is switching gears. Has a very quiet engine. It's cheaper than the Lexus, BMW, and Mercedes and MDX has more features. Has enough room to accommodate 7 passengers and I like the versatility of 50/50 fold third row seating. Very efficient gas mileage. Very sporty SUV. It's $7000 more than the Honda Pilot, but it is worth it.

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    2/1/2004 3:07:56 AM

    2002 Land Rover Freelander - HSE

    Pros: The comfort

    Cons: Too little head room for my spouse.

    Advice: Drive it and you're sold!!

    Best I have bought, esp. for the price! SO smooth and easy to drive. Love the sound system and luxury feel. Solid feel as well. My husband who is 6'0 ft tall, feels it's a bit of a pain as far as head room goes (esp. getting in and out), and so does my tall teenager--- but it is a wonderful vehicle that I plan on keeping for at least 10 yrs, and the price is WONDERFUL when compared to the other vehicles you would pay the same amt. for. LOVE it!!

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    1/12/2004 7:39:30 AM

    2004 Lexus RX 330 - FWD

    Pros: Comfort, visibility, power hatch.

    Cons: The operating controls are not logically placed. Their operation is not functional. Controls on steering wheel, too small as are buttons for heated seats. When it rains, and the windows are lowered water drips in.

    Advice: Try this out and see if the controls makes sense and the size of the buttons are small. Tough for big hands.

    Test drove RX 330 in 4/03. Purchased because of comfort and visibility. Drove navigation/ back upcamera version - but did not purchase. As you own a vehicle, and put it through the day to day routines - I found when it rains and you lower the windows water drips in. The controls from defroster/fan speed/wipers/speed control are not placed or function logically. The buttons are too small on the heated seats (not in close position for passenger), the controls on the steering wheel were probably designed thinking people use their pointer finger to operate - when in fact people use their thumbs. Mercury Mountaineer got the controls correct (too bad Lexus) didn't. I have disliked all the control features and went to see the new Cadillac. However, will keep the Lexus because of the extreme comfort and visibility. I am learning to adapat to the poor functionability of their controls.

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    1/3/2004 4:26:41 AM

    2004 Lexus RX 330 - AWD

    Pros: Style... beautiful design and beautiful interior

    Cons: No coin holder....had to add my own

    Advice: Beautiful design and great road handling....A real head turner!

    Just bought this vehicle a week ago and I just love it! Great style for 2004. Had a Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 8cyl which had more power than the Lexus but not the look and style of the Lexus. The only thing that Lexus forgot was the coin holder. The Jeep had a nice one in the center armrest. This vehicle handles more like a car than a suv which was a pleasure driving. If you are thinking about buying a real head turning qualitily vehicle the RX330 is the answer! Get the all wheel drive model for best performance.

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    1/1/2004 5:53:18 PM

    2004 Lexus RX 330 - FWD

    Pros: Drive comfort, automatic steering wheel and seat positioning

    Cons: Thinking that I would have to share this car with my wife

    Advice: Drive the RX 330 last, and you'll make an easy decision

    Test drove new TLs, 325xi, and absolutely fell in love with the RX 330. Did not get the navigation system, no big loss. Lexus knows how to improve a model and so far keep its customers coming back.

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    12/31/2003 3:34:51 PM

    2003 Acura MDX - w/Touring/RES/Navigation

    Pros: Engine power and quality

    Cons: Interior looking and fixed second row

    Advice: You should consider and test drive this car

    The speed up is much faster than Volvo XC90. More enjoyable and fun to drive MDX. Aslo MDX has 7 seats other than Benz ML350 and BMW X5