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    2002 Nissan Frontier - SC-V6 (A4) 4x2 Standard Bed Crew Cab

    Pros: The Supercharged engine!

    Cons: extremely poor fuel economy and lack of topend power!

    Advice: Be cautious if fuel economy is important

    I own a 2001 S/C frontier, despite the lack of topend power, the vehicle is solid to Nissan standards. But, I firmly believe we can do better to improve the ponies under the hood and at the same time increase the fuel economy, via the supercharger.

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    2002 Chevrolet Avalanche 2500 - 4x2

    Pros: Functionality - Hands down

    Cons: Rather hard to park

    Advice: Get the running boards...it sets rather high off the ground

    I first heard about the new Avalanche in the office where it was refered to as a 'what the Sport Trac wants to be'. That about sums it up. It drives like a luxury car (albeit a large one) but has the versitility and function of a truck. What could be better. I get stares and looks wherever I drive it. Really a well thought out and well developed vehicle.

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    2002 Chevrolet Avalanche 1500 - 4x4

    Pros: Panels, compartments, windows, compartments, pickup bed, compartments

    Cons: feels heavy

    Advice: if you want the creature comforts of a suburban, buy one --

    Hello from Fairfax Virginia, home to more SUVs per capita than anywhere in the nation (although terrain is relatively flat, and no snow to speak of). I've owned Suburbans, Expeditions, and one Isuzu diesel PU, and the Avalanche is the 'Reanimator' version (remember the movie?) of all three. Although only 3100 GVW, the Avalanche feels exceedingly heavy, in that it is based on the Suburban platform. However, it is very comfortable, and doesn't have that F250 feel that the Expedition has. Cool features, although I am concerned about the seal between the PU bed and the passenger compartment -- a great idea, but I think I'll wait a year before I spring for one - as a yuppie with a big yard, the Suburban/PU combination is intriguing, and, there aren't many on the road.