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Pros: Fuel economy
Cons: can't think of anything
Advice: Do it!We have had this vehgicle just three weeks and have found that it really is everything they say about it. Good fuel economy, very comfortable seating, enough cargo room for our business, superior handling. The only comparison would have been a non-hybrid SUV which were plentiful, but not the direction we wanted to go. I personally was impressed with Prius as a personal vehicle and that is what made me consider the Ford Escape Hybrid SUV for our business. Incidentally, our business is passenger transportation from Portland, Maine to the Boston and Manchester, N.H. Airports as well as special charter work. Mermaid Transportation is the first company in Maine to use a Ford Escape Hybrid SUV for commercial passenger use. Steve Klein President
Pros: V6 and Transmission
Cons: nothing yet
Advice: Great small car that feels big... great visibilityWe just bought a 2005 Tucson and since we haven't put a lot of miles in I can only give first impressions. We love this car. We traded a 2001 Honda Accord which was very uncomfortable, but reliable. The Hyundai is very comfortable, easy to get in and out of. It has great power (V6) and handles wonderfully. We love the look of the smaller Tucson, very sporty. I was a bit concerned about it being a Hyundai, thinking the quality and build would be an issue, but this is a very solid car.
Pros: the look
Cons: numerous problems with lead to safety and reliability issues.
Advice: Dont' waste your time or money2004 review: Let's see where do I start. I've owned my Freelander for exactly 1 year and I've had the following problems: transmission, throttle, air flow inlet valve, misc. flashing lights, vehicle downshifts on it's own at high speeds, both trans axles needed to be be replaced. The car is a gas guzzler, has no acceleration..shall I go on? This is the first and last Land Rover I will ever own.
Pros: Visability and comfort in driving
Cons: Could use more comfortable seats.
Advice: I would say to a potential buyer that the car is great, the XLT is better but if you prefer to get better gas milage, your not losing much in the XLS.I purchased the XLS which has a 4 cyl. engine and front wheel drive. I would say that the car handles great and is a pleasure to drive. The 4 cyl. engine gets great gas milage, but struggles somewhat up steep hills. But the confort and pleasure that accompanies the drive well makes up for its struggles.
Pros: Dash layout and comfortable seats. 10 year 100,000 mile warranty.
Cons: Rear storage cover is useless. Remove it and put it in a closet.
Advice: Get one, you will love it !!!!I love my new Tucson. The handling is superb. It has a great feel to it. The transmission shifts smooth and the V-6 has plenty of power. This is a very well designed vehicle.
Pros: Cabin spaciousness
Cons: Would have liked option of more powerful engine.
Advice: Buy, drive, drive, enjoy, have fun, have utility, drive, enjoy, be a original.This car is a great fun car. It has room galore for passengers. The car needs an option for getting a higher performance engine though. It would be great if this vehicle had just a little more power to it. The handling is good, the practicality of the vehicle is great and the main reason for me buying it. As for the styling, in a world of aerodynaic designed vehicles, the 'BOX' designs are a very nice alternative to stand out from the crowd. If you buy this vehicle, get used to being stared at. I even had a guy and his young preteen son stop me while I was getting out of the car to look it over and sit in it. Never happened to me before.
Pros: The gas engine turns off and there is complete silence as though the vehicle is not on
Cons: Don't like the fact you MUST go to specified Ford Dealerships for service
Advice: Do your research.. serious buyers put your name on waiting list... Enjoy the rideOur test drive came when we purchased this vehicle. We waited for two years for this vehicle to come into production and we are glad we waited. Performance is a whole lot better than we expected. Passing on the highway is smoothe with no hesitation. I must say that pick up from a stationary position is not as easy as a regular gas engine (because the electric engine kicks in before the gas), but it will get some getting use to. Road noise is a little annoying at times (especailly when the radio is off), but this is expected as it is not a luxury vehicle. Overall... great SUV. I never thought I would own a SUV, but now I do and I love this one. Way to go Ford.. you have set the bar for others to beat.