2009 Lexus RX 350 - AWD
Pros: The leather quality
Cons: The rear cargo space
Advice: Unless you really want to own, leasing is a very economical option if you like to trade often like me.The sumptuous leather trimmed cabin surrounds you in a very calm,quiet and comfortably spacious environment. The light bird's eye maple wood trim really sets off the interior as quite luxurious and appealing. The drive is very quiet and responsive. The fit and finish is stellar.I love the NAV system and bluetooth features.
2008 Dodge Nitro - SLT/RT 4x4
Cons: Fuel consumption
Advice: Buy it if you would like to be out of the crowd.Freinds please tell the honest fuel consumption. I can't believe in 16 mpg in city for 4.0 L engine. Please tell honest experience. Thanks.
2004 Scion xB - (M5)
Pros: interior space
Advice: well-built, economical, and fuel efficient..this car does it all.This car is well-built, drives/handles well, has a ton of space inside, and overall delivers a lot for a little money.
2009 Subaru Forester - XT Limited (A4)
Pros: It drives like a car.
Cons: I haven't found any fault with it yet.
Advice: Buy one with all the bells and whistles.I took a test drive on the back roads of Arizona. This SUV zipped right up a 35 degree incline with no problem. It was as if the SUV itself was having fun. There were some deep ruts in the road and I hardly felt them. The vehicle has excellent rock clearance. The seats are very comfortable. I traded in my 2008 Chevy Truck for the Forrester and I don't regret it one bit.
2003 Acura MDX - Base
Pros: comfort and size
Cons: LOW gas mileage!
Advice: Beware of the low gas mileageI love everything about this car: the seating, the comfort, not too big, easy to drive, the 4wd, rear camera, etc. BUT THE MILEAGE IS HORRIBLE!! paying almost $5 bucks a gallon, and I get 13.4 mpg (Sticker says 17-23). Terrible. And the trip computer is inaccurate, telling me I get much more than I do. BIG disappointment. Now we're garaging it (it's fully paid for), taking it out for long trips, and buying a Bug to get around town.
2008 Hyundai Santa Fe - Limited (A5) AWD
Pros: ash tray in dash board
Cons: infinity stereo could have more dsp in logic 7 mode - xm radio sounds flat
Advice: sits well, drives well on interstate and changes lanes well in town traffic good vehicletraded the caddy which had 140k. I liked the ashtray in the dash as i am still a smoker. sits well and handles firmly. gas mileage about 21 for combined driving here in Knoxville, Tn.
2008 Jeep Compass - Sport 4x4
Pros: Front end / Front seat folds flat / Reclining rear seats
Cons: Overall Interior
Advice: Don't buy it for comfort or standard features.Maybe it's because I'm spoiled with the Dodge crew cabs we've had over the past 5 or 6 years, but we couldn't afford to drive one anymore w/ the gas prices the way they are. I just wish we could've found a way to afford a replacement with more comfort and user-friendly features. We opted for the Compass because of the gas mileage/4x4. (We got the Sport 26E Pkg). Other than that, I can't get the driver's seat into a comfortable position; the stereo system sounds just like our cheap boombox; the arm rest is hard/small/difficult to use/no coin holder/keeps you from getting to your cups in the holders; the blind spots in the back (we're keeping the seats folded down because of that); can't even fit a compact umbrella in any of the door pockets. Don't get much for your $ anymore.