New Sedans Ratings
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2002 Nissan Maxima - SE (M6)
Cons: Questionable rear end styling
Advice: Price compare at the dealerships. I had 3 bidding for me.I love this car. I've had it about 6 months and it's great. It is the second Maxima SE I've owned. The first being a '92. Before the '02 came out I had my heart set on a Acura TL Type S. With the new refinements to the Maxima SE I think it's a better car. More room, equal power and a lower price. I'm 6'6' and I have plenty of room. It's a great car.
2002 Audi A4 - 3.0 (M6) quattro Sedan
Pros: Standard 6 disk in dash CD player & power folding mirrors
Cons: Wheel selection
Advice: A6 3.0 is a better deal than a fully loaded A4 3.0 Go for the A6!!My wife drives a 96 A4 and we loved the way it drives, however the back seat is way too small. The A6 3.0 Q is a great bargian for a sport/luxury car and Audi is the best at all wheel drive. The lighter engine gives the A6 excellent acceleration and with the tipronic it is a fun car to drive. Some question the The non-linear steering but I like it. This is an awesome automoblie for the price.
2002 Nissan Maxima - GXE (A4)
Pros: Powerful engine/smooth transmission/HID headlights
Cons: Rear 'multi-link' beam suspension
Advice: Be persistent when bargain! Dealers will likely sell the car at invoice or even lower cost since the new 03'-Maxima is due soon later this year.The car has a lot of pickup, though torque steer can be scary at times. The HID headlights are a very nice feature! It sure make the car feel luxurious when luminated at night. Handling is up to par comparable to many good & expensive european and other japanese automobiles. It's a quiet performer too but wind noise can be improved. The unique appearance of the car will grown on you with time.
2002 Ford Crown Victoria - LX (200A)
Pros: Rear-wheel drive
Cons: gas mileage
Advice: Buy the Sport -- handling vastly better than std or LXThis model is the LX Sport with increased power and upgraded wheels, tires and suspension. Surprisingly good on back roads (though not a TR-3) and plenty of passing power on the Interstate. Smooth, quiet and extremely well outfitted interior. Very comfortable. Mileage is what you would expect of a 2-ton V8 -- about 19 mpg.
2002 Audi A4 - 3.0 (M6) quattro Sedan
Pros: road feel
Cons: functional look
Advice: get it!What an experience. New 2002 A4 3 litre is without a doubt the best/performance/price value I have ever experienced. (I have owned a BMW Z M, 530i, 325xi, Jag 3.0 X type, in both manual and automatic versions). The A4 has throaty power and performance and holds the road like you are driving on railroad tracks. It is very roomy inside and beautifully appointed.This new version looks like last year's A6 sizewize. Fully loaded, with all the feattures, it was $35,000. Unbelievable!
2002 Ford Taurus - SES Standard (300A) Sedan
Pros: The SES with leather, center console shifter and standard CD player.
Cons: No power back to the driver's seat and no power passenger seat.
Advice: As stated previously, do not finance this car for five years if you plan on putting significant mileage on the car. Finance for four years and trade after three. If you take care of the car, you should break even.The Taurus is the salesman's answer to being on a budget yet needing a comfortable, safe automobile in which to travel. Ford has made style changes since 1999 that have made this an attractive automobile. For the money, there is no match if you drive a lot of miles per year(25,000 - 30,000). Finance for 4 years and trade after 3 and you won't take a bath in the deal.
2002 Honda Accord - 2.3 SE (A4) Sedan
Cons: slightly bland styling
Advice: test drive both the L4 and V6 before you decideI drove the Camry, Accord, and Altima. The Camry & Altima were all new for 2002, but even though the Accord is 4 model years old it blows away the Toyota & Nissan in ride, comfort, and performance. Plus resale value is typically higher. If the 2002 Accord is still good enough to beat brand new designs, I can't wait until the all new 2003 model arrives!