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    2002 Jeep Liberty - Sport 4x4

    Pros: Ride, quiet, elevated front visibility, off-road handling, good mileage.

    Cons: Front leg room

    Advice: Fellow Jeep enthusiasts, don't let the 'cute' image fool you - this is a solid Jeep.

    I had to pass up some very tempting year-end discounts and incentives of competing manufacturer's vehicles in order to purchase my 2002 Liberty. What sold me on the Liberty is the way it has combined the ready and true off-road feel of the Wrangler, yet with all the comfort and quiet of a large street SUV. I have owned only Jeeps, Wranglers and Cherokees, since '86, and I was at first very skeptical about the arrival of the new Liberty. Now, I would have to say that Liberty is the best Jeep I have ever owned. Maybe I'm just a sucker for 'tradition', but to me it is still true what they say: 'Jeep wrote the book on four wheel drive'. The new Liberty fills that long tradition with style and distinction. This could be the best Jeep ever.

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    2002 Chevrolet TrailBlazer - LTZ 4x4

    Pros: 6 disc in dash CD changer

    Cons: Small gas tank at 18 gal.

    Advice: Buy one!

    This car is just AMAZING! I have owned many SUV's in the past and this is a truck that is a pleasure to drive. VERY comfortable to drive and the proformance is top notch. I haven't been this excited about a car since my first one years ago! The options are plenty, sound from the stereo is better then expected. Towing with the truck is a pleasure. This truck is a head turner! I have received several comments about it. 'NICE truck!'.

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    2002 Chevrolet TrailBlazer - LTZ 4x4

    Pros: Radio controls in rear passanger seats

    Cons: So many controls to figure out

    Advice: Go ahead and TEST drive the others!

    I shopped for a month before I discovered the Trail Blazer. I thought I really wanted a 4 runner until I test drove one, and the inside was tight. The Trailblazer drives smooth. I have gotten complements from everyone on the look. I have also gotten great gas mileage.

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    2002 Jeep Liberty - Sport 4x4

    Pros: Clearance/V6

    Cons: Gas Mileage

    Advice: It's not a car like it's competitors

    We live in Colorado and just bought a new Jeep Liberty Sport V6. It blows away it's 'tin box' predecessor easy. So far it has been awesome and better then anything else in it's class for the same price. If you want a car (car chassey) buy a Sant Fe, Tribute, Rav 4, Escape or Highlander. If you want an SUV with off road skills then buy this Jeep!! Drives tight off road with clearance and has plenty of power. I was more impressed with it's off road skills then my former Jeep Cherokee Laredo and the highway/street driving is smooth with the new front suspension. Good power for mountains and great car. Comes with some nice features and 35/65 back seat split is standard, unlike the Escape and Tribute. We couldn't be happier! This car is in for a road trip beating in the next few years!!! Skiing, Camping, Hiking, Biking!!!

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    2002 Jeep Liberty - Sport 4x4

    Pros: The body style

    Cons: steering wheel blocks line of sight to speedometer

    Advice: Try every vehicle you can then drive this one it will sell itself.

    This is a lower priced vehicle with a luxury feel. The interior feels as if it is a luxury vehicle without the pricetag. The ride was extremely smooth as compared to other SUV's. The V6 engine has more than enough UMPH to get the job done. We found the steering very responsive and easy to control. The infinity sound system is highly recommended. We really didn't want this at first but the controls are so ergonomically correct we are not sure we could buy another vehicle without it. There are some negatives such as the steering wheel falls right over my line of sight to the speedometer but that is just about it except for maybe the gas mileage but heck this is a SUV what do you expect. After our test drive we immediately purchased the vehicle and believe it or not at about 600 below the MSRP. We feel we got a great deal this early on the Limited model with several options we had not intended to get.

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    2002 Buick Rendezvous - CX AWD

    Pros: Styling

    Cons: Reduced towing capacity

    Advice: Compare the value and comfort to other SUVs

    I test drove the Rendezvous CXL hoping to find the 'comfortable family SUV'. I wasn't disappointed. The ride was very smooth much like a luxury mini-van. Pick up was adequate. I was most impressed with the interior features. The 2nd and 3rd row seating was roomier than most SUVs. Quality is evident throughout. This vehicle screams safety, style and comfort. I would think the Rendezvous will be popular with the 'moms'.

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    2002 Buick Rendezvous - CX AWD

    Pros: Interior design is good

    Cons: sluggish on pickup from dead start

    Advice: Let Buick know that this needs to be changed

    I drove this vehicle with the full intention of purchasing one. I have waited for them to come out. The car is gorgeous in and out and seating is comfortable. Everything is great but the car doesn't have any pickup power from a dead start, with a fast start or a slow start with acceleration. There is plenty of power to pass when cruising. but very sluggish with slow driving. I still want this car but will not buy until the pickup is improved. I hope they change this as it was so disappointing for such a lovely car to not have the pickup power one needs to move quickly.