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Pros: The comfort
Cons: Too little head room for my spouse.
Advice: Drive it and you're sold!!Best I have bought, esp. for the price! SO smooth and easy to drive. Love the sound system and luxury feel. Solid feel as well. My husband who is 6'0 ft tall, feels it's a bit of a pain as far as head room goes (esp. getting in and out), and so does my tall teenager--- but it is a wonderful vehicle that I plan on keeping for at least 10 yrs, and the price is WONDERFUL when compared to the other vehicles you would pay the same amt. for. LOVE it!!
Pros: Comfort, visibility, power hatch.
Cons: The operating controls are not logically placed. Their operation is not functional. Controls on steering wheel, too small as are buttons for heated seats. When it rains, and the windows are lowered water drips in.
Advice: Try this out and see if the controls makes sense and the size of the buttons are small. Tough for big hands.Test drove RX 330 in 4/03. Purchased because of comfort and visibility. Drove navigation/ back upcamera version - but did not purchase. As you own a vehicle, and put it through the day to day routines - I found when it rains and you lower the windows water drips in. The controls from defroster/fan speed/wipers/speed control are not placed or function logically. The buttons are too small on the heated seats (not in close position for passenger), the controls on the steering wheel were probably designed thinking people use their pointer finger to operate - when in fact people use their thumbs. Mercury Mountaineer got the controls correct (too bad Lexus) didn't. I have disliked all the control features and went to see the new Cadillac. However, will keep the Lexus because of the extreme comfort and visibility. I am learning to adapat to the poor functionability of their controls.
Pros: Style... beautiful design and beautiful interior
Cons: No coin holder....had to add my own
Advice: Beautiful design and great road handling....A real head turner!Just bought this vehicle a week ago and I just love it! Great style for 2004. Had a Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 8cyl which had more power than the Lexus but not the look and style of the Lexus. The only thing that Lexus forgot was the coin holder. The Jeep had a nice one in the center armrest. This vehicle handles more like a car than a suv which was a pleasure driving. If you are thinking about buying a real head turning qualitily vehicle the RX330 is the answer! Get the all wheel drive model for best performance.
Pros: Drive comfort, automatic steering wheel and seat positioning
Cons: Thinking that I would have to share this car with my wife
Advice: Drive the RX 330 last, and you'll make an easy decisionTest drove new TLs, 325xi, and absolutely fell in love with the RX 330. Did not get the navigation system, no big loss. Lexus knows how to improve a model and so far keep its customers coming back.
Pros: Engine power and quality
Cons: Interior looking and fixed second row
Advice: You should consider and test drive this carThe speed up is much faster than Volvo XC90. More enjoyable and fun to drive MDX. Aslo MDX has 7 seats other than Benz ML350 and BMW X5
Pros: Navigation system
Cons: lack of illuminated controls on the steering wheel.
Advice: We considered and rejected the new Volvo in selecting this vehicle. See the Consumers Union survey in September 2003.We purchased the MDX from Pohanka Acura (Fairfax, Va.)in September and could not be more pleased. The only complaints are small ones such as awkwadly placed cup holders, non illuminated controls on the steering wheel, lack of A/C controls on the steering wheel, etc. But we enjoy this vehicle very much. It has gotten 25 MPG on InterState driving and generally gets about 20 with a mix of local and open road driving. The engine has more than enough power. The handling is easy. My wife, who tends to be intemidated by new things rapidly felt at home, especially good, since I went on travel immediately after taking delivery. It is now 'her's.' It does not have the comfort or luggage capacity of our Town Cars, but it is much better in foul weather and that is what we wanted for some long trips. We highly recommend the car and the dealer.
Pros: The standard power, the luxury features, just about everything!
Cons: The placement of the window buttons
Advice: Keep everything in working order, and this car will do wonders for you.The first time I looked at the Land Rover Freelander, I thought to myself 'How did Land Rover manage to put so much into this car, and yet manage to keep it under 35K?' I thought I was dreaming. But I went to the Land Rover dealership (I live in Orlando) and I talked to them about it and asked them different questions about their car. They were curteous, kind, and more than happy to answer my questions about it. The V6 power, coupled with the standard AWD makes it a pleasure driving. The biggest problem I ever experienced with the car was the speakers on the right side of the car shorted out at a few times, but a quick visit to the retailer corrected it. I also had a bit of a problem with the sunroof cover rattling especially at interstate speeds, but, again, another visit to the dealership corrected it. The customer care was awesome, and I could not have asked for a nicer experience. Thank you Land Rover!