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Pros: Exterior styling with interior room
Cons: Driver's seat
Advice: Try both front wheel and AWD before buying. Look at difference in milage and evaluate if it is worth it. My experience was the front wheel stuck to the road very well in snow. AWD was better, but may not warrent the sticker markup and reduction in MPGI bought a yellow 2003 Aerio SX with AWD and automatic. After driving the front wheel drive version, I am not sure the AWD is worth the extra money or the loss of gas miliage. You give up a little of that pick and go at a stop light too. I had a sunroof added at the dealership and added an armrest after driving a few thousand miles and realizing the seats were not so comfortable on long trips. Overall, I love the car. People always ask me about it in parking lots. The in dash 6 CD is great. The car is so roomy. My kids like the back seat because they can see out and the doors are wide enough to get carseats in and out with ease. The back opens to hold more cargo than I thought possible in a car of this size. The 7/100,000 protection plan is great as is the Roadside assitance plan for free. Do the research, I got mine with sunroof, automatic, and AWD for $16,005 ... well below sticker. My suggestions to the Suzuki: Factory Sunroof option. Better driver seats.
Pros: Price, suburban driveability, loaded with features, likeable.
Cons: The driver needs a bit more cubby space
Advice: Shop around. Good discounts as of 3/03After months of car internet reading I had overlooked the Aerio SX. I saw one parked and it caught my eye. It met my 'specs'. Economical yet peppy, well featured, powerful A/C, 4 wheel indep. suspension, somewhat 'sporty', roomy & versatile, a great 6CD/radio/ a bit more style than Camry/Elantra/Malibu, etc. Style is quite subjective. The pros aren't impressed, but everyone I know loves it.
Pros: 4x4 and roomy interior
Cons: havent found anything I dont like yet
Advice: Drive it you'll love itDrove it, loved it, bought it!!!! Great car great value
Pros: Loaded with options that the competition couldn't provide at 20K
Cons: Smaller cargo room than others in class... but test drove them all and found a quirk with all of them.
Advice: Your looking to save $, but n ot quality... This is it... Many options. Test drive this before you buy a competitor. If you don't need a great deal of room, you might like it.Exterior is good looking, great metallic paint (red) with side body cladding. Easy step in height with good clear view from all windows with no obstructions. Steering was the best of any test drove; responsive and tight turning circle with little noticed roll to body in turns. Ride is smooth and quiet on city roads. Suspension and frame built to take off-road so a harsh bump is felt a bit more, but thats the trade off for better off road capabilities. 4 wheel drive H on the fly with low 4wd capabilities make it competitive with all other true off road suv's. Seats soft cloth with aluminum trim dash will catch the eye. Once you see the competition at 20k you'll be shocked at what Suzuki has put into the package, you won't have to skimp on those options you want. I got ABS, Alloy, Sub-woofer, power everything & cruise control, still under the price of Escape, Liberty & VUE that all when these options added, priced them out of what I was willing to pay. I did have to give up some room. Cargo space is less than the competition, but if not important element, then you must test this product. The Grand Vitara is the best selling suv in central PA (where I'm writing this from). Good searching!
Pros: Great Headroom for a small car.
Cons: A bit of a radio/cd reach.
Advice: You might want to wait a bit to see how the vehicle ages, but if a small car in on your menu I'd consider this one. . . particularly if I were a larger or taller person.I drove this vehicle in the snow in Detroit for a week. Off the Interstate it performed admirable: good traction and nible handling in slippery conditions. Visibility was good and the dash layout - slightly unconventional- was easy to get used to. The service engine soon light would stay on in the cold weather until the engine heated up. The car was slightly sluggish at higher speeds, about what you'd expect from a smaller car. The cabin felt good lot's of room to stretch.
Pros: The seating capacity and volume of cargo space.
Cons: Plastic buttons and knobs for unfolding back seats.
Advice: This is a great buy. With 0% interest, it's unbeatable.Ride is excellent both on the freeways and service streets. Paralle parking the vehicle could be a challenging experience. I guess that would be true for most SUV's.
Pros: The optional 4 wheel drive/Safety Ratings
Cons: Terrible gas milage and too small of a fuel tank
Advice: Be prepared for frequent trips to the gas station!!This is my first SUV and the drive is very comfortable. The XL-7 is easy to drive and fabulous in the snow. I feel safe and in control when using the 4 w/d option in blizzard conditions. The safety ratings compare great with other SUV's which are priced subtantially higher. The XL-7 does not have all of the bells and whistles of a luxury SUV, but I got what I needed and most of what I wanted in the XL-7 Limited.