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Used Crossovers Ratings

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    2004 Scion xB - (M5)

    Pros: Body style.

    Cons: Only 108 h/p

    Advice: Test drive it several times- you will like it more and more with each test.

    Drives great. Smooth ride and more power than I expeted. Great on hills. The price is great and its a deffinate attention getter.

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    2004 Scion xB - (M5)

    Pros: The body style.

    Cons: needs a little more power for steep hills.

    Advice: Keep an open mind about its boxy looks. It grows on you.

    I must admit I was skeptical. I had never seen anything like it. I stumbled upon this car as I was browsing the Toyota dealership looking for a new fuel friendly vehicle for my daily commute. After test driving the Scion XB I was hooked. Although Toyota is attempting to target the younger generation, I see in it's future, baby boomers hauling grocery bags and grass seed. It has the perfect mix of style and utility with a sticker price the likes of which I have never seen on a car so wonderfully equiped. My search is over. I have found a unique, fuel efficient vehicle that is comfortable, roomy, and cranks out fantastic sound from the pioneer cd player (standard) that comforts me on my long and lonely 32 mile journey to work in the city.

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    2002 Land Rover Freelander - SE

    Pros: Manual shift in mountain driving

    Cons: Air conditioning system is inadequate in 90+ degree weather

    Advice: High maintenance - buy a Honda or Toyota

    Handling and the solid feel of the vechicle is much better than others. Reliability is not that good. Brakes only last 10K to 15K miles.

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    2004 Scion xB - (M5)

    Pros: the body

    Cons: horsepower

    Advice: test drive it

    The Scion XB is a great car for all ages. With its lack of power, the Scion more that makes up for it with its stylish body and most enjoyable ride. You get many heads turning as you drive down main st. I would recommend this car to anyone who is willing to take the negative comment along with the bad, and also for those who just want to have fun.

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    2002 Ford Escape - XLT Choice 2 (310A) FWD

    Pros: comfort and size

    Cons: taking it to the shop

    Advice: You'll like the price and the test drive - but use a good dealership for service

    Fun to drive in the city. Small enough to park easily but roomy enough for 3 kids in back seat. Fold down seats are great for trips to the Home Store. We had the first one a week and it died. Ford replaced it because they couldn't figure out what went wrong. The replacement has been in the shop twice with engine lights on, low idle problems and sputtering. We have agreat dealership, easy to deal with. It will be a trade in though if there is one more trip to the service department.

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    2003 Jeep Liberty - Limited Edition 4x4

    Pros: Vehicle response

    Cons: Lack of a rear glass handle

    Advice: This is a true SUV. It's not a SUV built on a car chassis

    Finally - a 'compact' 4x4 with gumption! The V-6 is very responsive with 'okay' hiway performance. But, I didn't buy it for the hiway. I bought it for 'around town' usage and its much, much better than any of its competitors (Escape, Tribute, RAV4, etc.) in that realm. I felt some 'roll effect' in tight cornering, but I expected that given its height. Fix for the 'roll effect' was my slowing down...I'm not driving a sports car. This is not a SUV built on a car chassis - it's a 'true SUV' built ground-up to be a SUV and in my case, a 4x4 SUV. The 4-wheel disc brakes felt tight and responsive in extreme braking situations I would find around town with the Goodyear Eagles providing solid gripping on my wet road test. I found the engineering design elements of form, fit, and function to be head and shoulders above any of its competition. Cargo space is more than adequate - I'd definitely load my weekend wood projects in this puppy. I don't buy the 5-adults sitting capacity though - more likely 4 to get ample elbow room. The controls, conveniences, accessibility features, etc. are right-on complete with a small dash size. Getting in and out of the rear is okay, much easier than the Pathfinder/4Runner. You sit 'tall in the saddle' in the front or rear and there's plenty of leg and butt room for my 6'2' fat bod. The pop-up rear glass and the swing out rear door are very easy to open even though I'd like a handle on the glass to grab onto when shutting it. I opted for the Limited model with leather seating (heated front buckets) for one simple reason: my comfort. I did not like the cloth seating, but know of people who do. Whatever. The shift on the fly 4x4 capability is a 'must have' for me, but so is tight steering. This ute has them both. No, I wouldn't take this puppy on the Rubicon Trail -it's not my 'thing'. But, if that's your thing, this ute will want to do it again and again. I'll be the idiot at trail's end, laying a coat of wax on mine and handing you the hose to wash yours off. Jeep got it right with this 'baby ute'.

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    2003 Jeep Liberty - Limited Edition 4x4

    Pros: towing abiity

    Cons: gas milage & lack of closed storage space

    Advice: If you do not own a gas well, don't

    In every aspect but one, this was a good vehicle. The one area in which I grievously fault it is the gas milage. The Feds and the articles claim 16-20 mpg. At 14- 16,000 miles, I am getting 16 at best, 14.5 with air conditioning and 14 towing a medium boat. This is the worst milage I have gotten from a car in over 20 years and a half dozen different cars. If I knew getting this car would increase my gas costs by 25% I never would have gotten it.