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    2002 Jeep Liberty - Sport 4x4

    Pros: The body style

    Cons: steering wheel blocks line of sight to speedometer

    Advice: Try every vehicle you can then drive this one it will sell itself.

    This is a lower priced vehicle with a luxury feel. The interior feels as if it is a luxury vehicle without the pricetag. The ride was extremely smooth as compared to other SUV's. The V6 engine has more than enough UMPH to get the job done. We found the steering very responsive and easy to control. The infinity sound system is highly recommended. We really didn't want this at first but the controls are so ergonomically correct we are not sure we could buy another vehicle without it. There are some negatives such as the steering wheel falls right over my line of sight to the speedometer but that is just about it except for maybe the gas mileage but heck this is a SUV what do you expect. After our test drive we immediately purchased the vehicle and believe it or not at about 600 below the MSRP. We feel we got a great deal this early on the Limited model with several options we had not intended to get.

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    2002 Buick Rendezvous - CX AWD

    Pros: Styling

    Cons: Reduced towing capacity

    Advice: Compare the value and comfort to other SUVs

    I test drove the Rendezvous CXL hoping to find the 'comfortable family SUV'. I wasn't disappointed. The ride was very smooth much like a luxury mini-van. Pick up was adequate. I was most impressed with the interior features. The 2nd and 3rd row seating was roomier than most SUVs. Quality is evident throughout. This vehicle screams safety, style and comfort. I would think the Rendezvous will be popular with the 'moms'.

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    2002 Buick Rendezvous - CX AWD

    Pros: Interior design is good

    Cons: sluggish on pickup from dead start

    Advice: Let Buick know that this needs to be changed

    I drove this vehicle with the full intention of purchasing one. I have waited for them to come out. The car is gorgeous in and out and seating is comfortable. Everything is great but the car doesn't have any pickup power from a dead start, with a fast start or a slow start with acceleration. There is plenty of power to pass when cruising. but very sluggish with slow driving. I still want this car but will not buy until the pickup is improved. I hope they change this as it was so disappointing for such a lovely car to not have the pickup power one needs to move quickly.

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    2002 Buick Rendezvous - CX AWD

    Pros: Comfortable interior seating

    Cons: Horsepower of Engine

    Advice: For the price,I think this may be a best buy, provided it performs to its hype.

    The CX Rendezvous interior room is larger than the Lexus, BMW, and Toyota Highlander I test drove. Its handling was better than the Highlander and equal to the others. The power was not quite as peppy as the others but adequate. The seats are built for Americans - larger. They are deeper and wider. My wife and I are examples of the 50's baby boomers and I feel this vehicle has more to offer than the others as to passenger seating comfort. The fit and finish is good plus the styling is modern and sleek. It's very similar to a Pontiac Aztek, yet they seem totally different to me. I feel this vehicle resembles the Lexus very much, however, it has much more to offer for the money than the Lexus. I was able to purchase this vehicle at

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    2002 Jeep Liberty - Sport 4x4

    Pros: Its made like a Jeep, has lot of head room.

    Cons: The small room in the back for my dog.

    Advice: Get the V6 Engn. 3.7L for power/towing

    I think the Liberty Sport is a well built SUV, and it's rugged fetures should last a long time on the road & off the road. It handles very well & is very stable around sharp turns. With the V6,3.7L this has the power to get you moving. I give this Jeep a (9+) rating over all.

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    2002 Jeep Liberty - Sport 4x4

    Pros: NEW V-6 ENGINE

    Cons: MPG 16-20 MPG SHOULD BE 20-25 MPG

    Advice: GO FOR THE V-6 AND LIMITED VERSION, ALSO SIDE AIR BAGS

    I TEST DROVE THE HONDA CRV, TOYOTA RAV4 AND THEY DROVE LIKE A CAR..........THEY SHOULD AS THEY ARE ALL CAR BASED SUV'S AND NOT A REAL OFF ROAD VEHICLE. I ALSO TEST DROVE THE DATED CHEROKEE BEFORE THE LIBERTY AND THOUGHT THE RIDE WAS ROUGH AS IT ALWAYS HAS BEEN. WITH THE BUILD OUT OF THE CHEROKEE GOING ON THEY ARE ALMOST GIVING THEM AWAY AND THE RESALE VALUE WILL DROP LIKE A ROCK. SO I THEN TEST DROVE A LIBERTY AND FOUND IT TO RIDE AND DRIVE AS GOOD OR BETTER THAN THE HONDA AND TOYOTA. I ORDERED ONE ON THE SPOT AT $500 OVER INVOICE WHICH I FELT WAS FAIR AS THE VECHICLE IS NEW AND IN DEMAND. I WENT FOR A LOADED LIMTED AND I WOULD SUGGEST THE NEW V-6 FOR THE ADDED POWER. ONE BAD SIDE, MPG 16 CITY/ 20 HWY.......BUT THIS IS A REAL JEEP, NOT A CAR BASED SUV..........LOVE IT... GET ALOT OF SMILES WHILE I'M DRIVING IT..... MAYBE THIS IS THE NEW 'BUG'.........

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    2002 Subaru Impreza - WRX (M5) Wagon

    Pros: performance - turbo boost

    Cons: cheap interior plastic - cupholder

    Advice: You will not regret it - if you do not buy it from Subaru of Wakefield, MA

    EXCELLENT RIDE!!! Great price for the quality performance and power! The appearance grows on you! :) The interior quality and design could be better! Great car .... would have gotten one if I did not have such a bad experience at the Subaru of Wakefield, MA dealers. If they do not change their attitude of doing business. We will have a wonderful prodcut sold buy a bunch of slackers and horrible people. That means bad for the product. What a shame. IT IS A WONDERFUL CAR. I will try another dealer!