Used Toyota Ratings
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2002 Toyota Tacoma - (M5) 4x4 Xtracab
Pros: Smooth Ride for a Truck
Cons: Little expensive
Advice: Tocoma doesn't lose it's value...Trust me I know!I owned a 2001 Toyota Tacoma for about a year, before I rolled it. But thanx to the tough structure of the truck, the cab stayed in tact (Hense why I'm still here writing this). Needless to say...the truck was totalled but the value of the tacoma did not depreciate that much, so I was able to put a pretty sizeable down payment on a 2002 model. Thanx Toyota!!!
2003 Toyota Matrix - Standard (M5) FWD
Cons: Problems already
Advice: Wait a year till they work the bugs out.I bought the car 3 weeks ago and I already have problems. The check engine light and the headlight low beam indicator light both came on. I have to get a new 'oxygen sensor' from the manufacturer, whatever that is. I'm very dissapointed. I thought Toyota's where supposed to be reliable, expecially a NEW one! Has anyone else had problems w/ it already?
2002 Toyota RAV4 - (M5) AWD
Pros: The diesel engine is powerful and very economical
Cons: The sound system which you'll just keep tuned to traffic news it's so mushy
Advice: Buy one soon - it is the perfect second carProbably the best compact SUV on the market - if you've driven a normal SUV you will be amazed by 3 things. The handling which is taut like a VW Golf but very comfortable on poor surfaces, Its size which is much smaller on the outside than you would ever think. Its flexibility with rear seats that slide forwards, fold forwards or come right out.
2002 Toyota Tacoma - 4x2 Double-Cab
Pros: Toyota build quality, reliability, ruggedness, and dependability
Cons: My garage can't fit six more of these, one for every day of the week.
Advice: Toyota quality and reliablity won't let you down like the Junk made by Ford/Chevy/DodgeToyota Tacoma is The MOST Reliable truck money can buy! The legendary Toyota quality and reliability is Worth the price. You can see and feel the high quality in the Tacoma. It won't leave you at the side of the road like Ford, Chevy, or Dodge. Don't waste your hard-earned money on any of that Junk. In a couple years any Ford/Chevy/Dodge will be sitting on jackstands on your front lawn, broken down with mechanical problems and recalls. Save yourself the trouble, get yourself a Toyota. You'll be glad you did.
2002 Toyota RAV4 - (M5) AWD
Pros: Comfortable interior - seats, ease of entry, back door access
Cons: muddy sound to radio
Advice: Take a test drive and be prepared to drive it home.I spend over 2 hours daily in my car and needed a comfortable interior. As soon as I sat in the RAV I knew it was made for me! I haven't needed to visit my chiropractor since I bought my RAV! I also enjoy the peppy ride and the cool styling. Check out the RAV4world.com website for other RAV'n maniacs.
2003 Toyota Matrix - XRS (M6) FWD
Pros: The celica engine (VVTL-i)
Cons: The large blind spot. (can be alleviated with larger rear inside mirror)
Advice: Definantly go with the XRS. It is well worth it.The manual 6 speed was excellent and the handling was great... Remember the XRS borrow its engine from the sporty car Celica. The cargo space is awesome and the price is awesome. Remember, toyota is only making 75,000 of these this year. Better get your hand on one or else just wait till next year. The elec outlet is totally unprecedent and I love it with my laptop. I didn't go for the navigation cuz I can just use my laptop as a navigation system. HEHEHE! Definantly go test drive and see this car at the dealer even if you are not looking into buying this car.
2002 Toyota Prius - Base
Pros: Economy, Performance, Information center, Quietness
Cons: Rear wiper would have been nice in Minnesota; Low availability
Advice: The factory warranty is good but this car is intricate. Extend the warranty.This cars manages to achieve everything I hoped for in an economy car. It costs more up front than an average economy car but there is tremendous satisfaction owning and driving this car. SULEV, 50 MPG, fun gadgets and good performance go along way toward justifying the higher sticker. There are no feelings of compromise. Mine came overloaded with 6-Disc CD, front and side airbags, GPS Navigation system, alarm, keyless entry, cruise control, power windows, locks and mirrors. It was the only one I could get without having to special order. I heard lately that the Prius will soon be available on the lot. Seating is basic but I am 6'3' and have plenty of room. If you are taller with large legs you may have difficulty sqeezing your left leg between the door and the steering wheel. Rear seating and trunk space is adequate. I love driving my Durango R/T but I also love driving the Prius. Now I drive the Durango only when necessary. Road trips are cheaper than a movie. The Honda Insight is also very good if space for more than two people is not required. My brother is a big 6'5' and finds it comfortable and fun to drive. Ford is also coming out with a Hybrid Escape SUV.