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Pros: Xs trim and seat heaters
Cons: auto heater seems to need finer control
Advice: do not be to cheap buy what options you will need to be comfortable.I am a master auto tech for a living and I bought my third Forester in the last three years last month. I traded in my 02 S with 43k for 05 XS. Last year I traded in my wifes Legacy L wagon for a 04 XS. I was going to swap her the 05 for the 04 but she is too comfortable with it. So hey guys things can go our way sometimes! No guilt! I work on new volvo's at a dealership for a living and still bought the Subes. The Subaru has the most well balanced AWD system on the planet in a affordable and practical design. Turning is good along with parking. Cargo space is good for a small rig. The electric seat in 05 is just what my creaky back needed. The xs is the best trim with the seat heaters and paint job. I cross country ski alot and the Subes have delivered with excellent results during rough weather and lousy road conditions for years. I carry chains in my cars but have only used them as hold downs for loose cargo or foot rests to put on my ski boots. The room inside is comfortable for me even being six two. The sight lines are super for handling the bad traffic around the Seattle area and of course the rain. The performance is good enough for what I do and prefer the fuel economy over zippiness. The climate control needs to be more accurate. The drive train is a good deal especially when it comes time for repairs. Subaru makes one basic set up so this limits alot of changes and 6 month only designs . The brakes are better than the first generation Forester the suspension feels stronger also. Looks like I will be keeping these Subes for a long time as they feel very right this time. The Crv and Rav4 are good rigs too but I feel they do not have the maturity Subaru has in making a small car AWD system. The cargo space is better in the Sube and as far as people complaining about the rear leg room ,hey your not sitting back there right? Good luck with your Subaru.
Pros: OVER ALL SPACE IN CAR
Cons: ENGINE POWER
Advice: LOOK INTO BUYING COLD AIR INTAKE FOR MORE HORSEPOWERWHEN I TEST DROVE MY NEW SCION WAS NOT TOO IMPRESSED WITH THE OVER ALL POWER BUT IT DID HAVE NICE PICK UP AND RESPONSE, BUT I WILL BE BUYING THE INTAKE MODS. TO ADD HORE POWER BUT TOYOTA NEED TO LOOK INTO ADDING A FEW MORE TO HELP CARRY 5 PEOPLE IN THE CAR AND HAVE TO REV THE ENGINE SO MUCH TO MERGE WITH TRAFFIC. BUT OVER ALL I LOVED THE CAR AND I HAVE ALWAYS DROVE TRUCKS/SUBURBANS AND DECIDED TO BUY THIS. LOVE MY CAR
Pros: automatic seat and mirror positioning using key fob
Cons: premium gas and lack of automatic moon roof feature
Advice: great vehicle and very safeAbsolutely love it. Had a Lexus RX300 and GX and this vehicle surpasses both!
Pros: Borg-Warner Electronic Inter-Active Torque Management all-wheel drive system.
Cons: Does not offer automatic climate control on GLS model.
Advice: Opt for the GLS 4WD modelWe purchased a 2005 Tucson GLS at the end of December, and have already put 2,030 miles on it. In a word, it’s GREAT. I’ve been driving since 1964 and have owned many different vehicles. The fit, finish, quality and drivability are first rate. We love its looks (subjective), and it is a very solid vehicle (just close the driver’s door). It is very comfortable; easy to get in and out of. The 24 valve DOHC 2.7 L V6 has plenty of power, and the 4 speed automatic shifts precisely. Included are many standard features that would be optional or not even available on other comparably priced (and even much higher priced) SUV’s. Some of these include remote keyless entry with alarm, heated mirrors, fog lights, automatic stability control, 4 wheel antilock disc brakes (ventilated discs in front), side air bags, fog lamps, front wiper de-icer, AM/FM Stereo Cassette/CD/MP3 player with six speakers, illuminated ignition, cruise control, complex surface lens halogen bulb headlights, privacy tinted glass on side and rear windows, hinged rear window with defroster and intermittent wiper/washer, and 16” alloy wheels. I rate the handling excellent; dry roads, rain covered, or on the snow covered roads of the “Lakes Region of New Hampshire”, thanks to the sophisticated Borg-Warner Electronic Inter-Active Torque Management all-wheel drive system. It has a tight turning radius, nearly 8” of ground clearance and P235/60 R 16 tires. Bottom line, if you’re looking for a well designed, solid smaller SUV you just can not go wrong with the Hyundai Tucson. And if like me, you were concerned about buying a Hyundai, just check out the 5 year/100,000 mile warrantee, and reviews of recent Hyundai’s.
Pros: Looks sporty, like the sun/moon roof and folding rear seats.
Cons: Fuel mileage is pathetic.
Advice: From what research I have done Hyundai has overstated the fuel mileage by 5-7 mpg in my experience and others I have read.The Hyundai Tucson has a few bugs in its system for the first go round. I have owned my new SUV for about 3 months now and it has been in the dealership shop 4 times for a total of 13 days. The first time for a faulty fuel gage which was told to me at that time was just a glitch. The 2nd and 3rd time was also for the fuel gage, but the check engine light was on so they replaced the fuel pump, gas tank floats and sending units, and made some adjustments. The fourth time---hopefully the last for a while--- was also for the check engine light and they changed the ECM twice in a six day stay over and other various items including the brake booster? But needless to say I like my new auto and I would like it much more if I didn't have to see the inside of the garage again anytime soon.. But the fuel mileage my Tucson gets is ridiculous, I don't know how they can advertise 22-26 miles to a gallon when I am lucky to get 18 mpg. I have the 6 cylinder (but also own a full size Chevy truck with V-8 and it almost gets better mileage than the Hyundai). So you might want to think about letting the 'glitches' get worked out of this new vehicle before you invest in it and if you do get one anyway- Good luck! These are more Pros for the Tuscon- it's a pretty comfortable ride for what you pay, the Tucson is a nice sporty looking ride you have to admit, better looking than the Santa Fe in my opinion. (Although Tuscon seems to be a bit of a copy cat of the Ford Escape). The standard options are great- power windows and locks etc. I like the power sun/moon roof, it is the best thing so far. The split folding rear seats are nice too for hauling longer items. The rear cargo area with privacy shelf is a perk but takes away from space if you need to haul any tall items (just a little above the height of a brown paper bag). The leather covered steering wheel is smooth feeling although a little cheesy looking. I'm sure there is more that I could say but I was always taught when you don't have anything good to say, don't say anything at all right. These are more Cons for the Tuscon- The seats are pretty ugly with only a few options on interior colors and patterns for the cloth and the leather reminds me of the seat of the old Volkswagen Beetle. The drivers center arm rest, which is adjustable, still doesn't quite fit someone that is not 6 ft tall, you almost have to be in the backseat to use it. There really is no storage for CDs etc in the arms reach of the driver (except for inside that pesky center drivers arm rest which it's not very easy to access from the front seat again), and the stereo is very low quality so I guess you don't need CDs anyway. The cargo area is not very roomy and backseat has a fold down drink holder/ passenger arm rest that has only one round hole and a square spot for what? My kids are still trying to figure that out. Hyundai needs to revamp their tilt steering wheel and get into the 21st century.
Pros: Heated windshield, heated seats.
Cons: Low power and high maintenance
Advice: Run away!This car drives great for an SUV (aside from a real lack of power). It is very comfortable, and quiet and not at all trucky. The problem is the quality. In less than 3 years I have had to have all of the following REPLACED: engine (I am not kidding - they had to replace the ENTIRE engine); transmission; brakes (twice); sunroof motor; power window motor (twice); fuel pump; axles (broken when engine replaced); door lock/opener (twice). There was also some strange electrical problem. And my AM radio doesn't work. The guy at Land Rover service is GREAT but I am seeing WAY too much of him! The car is also very underpowered.
Pros: Optional sound / nav system
Cons: No engine temp gauge
Advice: Don't expect to achieve EPA mileage numbersI ordered my FWD Escape Hybrid in mid-Oct 2004, and it came in on Dec 10. Not a bad wait (2 months). I love the engineering that makes changing between gas and electric power a cinch, but I was unable to option-up to what I would have liked: Unavailable were stability control, satellite radio, heated seats, driver memory, power passenger seat, rear climate/audio controls, and there are no lights on the vanity mirrors. Ford missed an opportunity to improve the cabin when they re-designed the Escape for 2005 - they placed the parking brake handle on the center consol, instead of making it a pedal on the floor. It takes up space that would be better used for storage or better cup holders. I've been getting 24-27 mpg in mostly stop and go local driving, which is disappointing compared with the 36 mpg city rating the EPA gave the Hybrid Escape. I love the high-end sound and nav system with 6 changer CD, and cruising parking lots as quiet as a golf cart.