New SUVs Ratings
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2002 Subaru Impreza - WRX (M5) Wagon
Cons: Some corners cut on interior, finish, etc.
Advice: Test drive it-You'll know right away if this car is your cup of tea!The WRX Sport wagon is in my opinion one of the best values on the maket. All-wheel drive combined with a turbocharged boxer engine produces some serious fun. The car accelerates with great speed, especially upwards of 3000 rpm, and corners with total precision. The car reacts beautifully to the driver-as an added plus, the wagon offers a fair amount of cargo space, and all models have full power and a decent sound system. I actually look forward to driving, even in traffic!
2002 Jeep Liberty - Sport 4x4
Pros: Easy to read control panel/remote control for the back window
Cons: Reaching over the tire to get into the back.
Advice: Drive one, it's worth it.My husband and I wanted a new vehicle. What we wanted was a 4x4, with towing ability and a comfortable ride. That was a challenge. My husband and I searched out everything from A to Z, test drove them as well. somethings were too mushy, others were too truck like. While on our search and distroy mission my husband looked at a Liberty, then he asked if I liked the way it looked. I was taken by the look. We went on a test drive and we were sold. It has a smooth ride, not too mushy and not too truck like. It responds well to stepping on it in traffic conditions. We towed a trailer with it and it was just great, the ride didn't change at all, still smooth. Can't wait for a good snow, then we can play with the 4 wheel drive!
2002 Mitsubishi Montero Sport - LTD 4x4
Pros: I like the heated seats and the sun roof
Cons: The shape of the side views and the lights do not turn themselves off after I open the door - I think automatic lights should be standard now
Advice: Don't buy it retail, the dealership will come down like $1500 off MSRP at least - get the 3.5L engine if you need the torqueI am really enjoying my new Mitsu Montero Sport Limited. It's a sharp looking import SUV with out the price tag, although it's a bit pricey, the value of the equipment and every option, the Mitsubishi name and of course the syling make it worth the price. I've always owned japanese vehicles and this is my first mitsu, I have nothing to complain about other than some silly engineering quirks. My opinions though.. The engine is powerful enough to tow 5000lbs and the on-the-fly 4-wheel drive is great and I can't wait for it to snow. I'll be back with an updated review later.
2002 Buick Rendezvous - FWD
Pros: The ride and handling is one of the best features ...
Cons: I guess the worst feature would be the Firstone tires ... all the other packages have the upgrade.
Advice: Get the versatility package. ... this is a cross between a Suv and the utility of a Van.I just purchased a Buick Rendezvous ... compared to other vehicles ... It does most things better ... it's roomier ... has a better ride ... it's all galvanized ... stainless exhaust and it also gets much better gas milage ... 26mpg ... is very good for a vehicle that weighs over 4,000lbs ... and 4,000lbs means safety ... there is no substitute for safety. I'm over 6ft tall and I fit ... my knees do not hit the dashboard and my hair doesn't hit the ceiling like most small SUV's that cost more than the Rendezvous. It handles very good and rides a lot more quiet than a mini van ... the 3.4V6 has 185HP which is more than most ... It should be just as reliable as my Montana which I've had for 3 years ... which means it is as reliable as any vehicle on the road ...
2002 Chevrolet TrailBlazer - LTZ 4x4
Pros: Heated leather seats
Cons: Gas mileage
Advice: None - it's a fabulous vehicleThe Trailblazer is absolutely AMAZING! Not only is it a sharp looking SUV, but it's powerful yet comfortable. It handles like a car...smooth, quiet, and refined. It also has a great turning radius. The interior is spacious with lots of leg room. With a 270-hp engine, getting around the mountains and towing a boat has been a breeze. Highly recommend this vehicle!!
2002 Mercury Mountaineer - AWD
Pros: the third row seat and how easy it is to get into and how much room there is
Cons: the seat belts sometime don't recoil and stick out the door
Advice: If you are going to tow a heavy trailer get the V-8 otherwise get the 6 cylAs a Previous owner of a 1997 Mountaineer and moving up to a 2002 with now a little over 10,000 miles on it I'm impressed with the mileage my 1997 AWD V-8 5.0 got 10 mile's around town yet the 2000 with the six cylinder gets over 16 and over 20 on the highway. Not bad for a AWD . I also tow a pontoon 20' 8'6' wide. I towed it with and had no problems except once the ball didn't lock correctly and the coupler came undone and the trailer hit the back tail gate and put a dent in it. I have towed for more than 30 years and never had that happen before my fought and the wife let me hear about it, however the truck was able to keep it under control at 45 MPH to A stop. The dealer when I was thinking of buying the six cylinder assured me it would tow the pontoon and sure enough it does and does a better job than the 1997. The V6 has more HP than my older 1997 V8 and you would be hard pressed not to know it wasn't a v8 under the hood. I have to take the /suv into the shop to correct a tirm piece that fell off the seat for lumbar support. and the brakes which stop you very well seem to stick or the transmission doesn't engage right away after a hard stop and when you step on the gas pedal the car doesn't move right away and jerks this again is only after a hard stop. The automatic climate control with dual temp is impressive as well as the indash 6 changer CD. And at 70 MPH Their is a little noise from the window area.
2002 Subaru Impreza - WRX (M5) Sedan
Cons: Cargo space, pass trough needs to be bigger, or split rear seats would be appreciated
Advice: Make sure you get the wagon if you need cargo space. Other than that, the car is greatThis car is great, accelaration is excellent. Handling is great too, although I wouldn't mind it a little bit stiffer. Fuel ecomony is about what I expected, between 20 and 30 mpg mostly near 20 around town, but I drive a little heavy footed. Build quality is good, the only rattle I noticed in 10000miles was the spare tire squeaking on the metal bed in the trunk on my bumpy gravel driveway. I got some 17in wheels, OZ Prodrive P1's for those in the know that really add character and a few extra mph in corners. The stock tires are nothing special but I'm going to use them in winter...