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Pros: i like the sleek look of the car ...it looks sporty , but its not
Cons: it has no trunk release button ..i can live with that
Advice: look for good rebate package....and other offers there are alot right now...and test drive this one!!!on the test drive i feel in love with this car. it felt good, it was comfortable,even for a small car, and handled well. you don't have to search for things like the heat knobs or the stereo buttons they are all right in front of you...no fumbling around!I love my new KIA RIO
Cons: Considering the cost
Advice: Ignor the reviews from people who don't own one.I bought this car for my son who just started college. As I dove it around I decided to keep it for my self and let him have my old Nissan Sentra. The car is quite comfortable for a small car and it has been trouble free. I drive about 10,000 miles a year total. We also have a larger car (minivan) but I prefer to drive the Focus. Most of our driving is around town. Happy motoring
Pros: A very short lease
Cons: Road noise
Advice: Don't waste your moneyHandles decent, no power when A/C is on. Gas mileage is horrible. Road noise is extremely annoying. Takes a week to stop the car.
Cons: Missing the GLX amenities
Advice: Excellent Car, and fun to drive.This is a Tornado Red Jetta GLi with black leather interior, and sunroof. Tested this vehicle and was surprised with the overall performance. The engine/Transmission configuration is great. Only draw back, I replaced my 2002 Jetta GLX for a GLi, and was used to all the little features it had. The GLi does not have Power Seats, Self Dimming Rear View Mirror, and does not Automatic Climate Control. But, the seats sportier and very firm. The last VW car I drove that had the 'sport' feel was a 1992 VW GTi.
Pros: chap price
Cons: the passengers side din't have an armrest
Advice: good cheap car if your not an enthousast or have 13 kids it's a good carMy cousin bought a hyundia accent 2002 which is the exact same as the kia rio 2003, except for slight appearances. It is only about 10,000 bucks. It drives fine, the cars do pass him up on the big hills becuase the 4 cylnder 1.6 liter engine just can't do it. BUt if comparing this to a Honda civicDX its practicly the same. THe DX is only a 4 cylnder 1.7 liter. If you are the cool kid at highschool and you have to drive a truck or a honda then go away but if your debating weather you want to buy a 30,000 Suv, or a 10,000 car, 10,000 entertainment system, and pay of a few debts this car is perfect. Or if your just a kid like me its a reachable car. Don't uy a used car! It may seem like it is a lot cheaper but with all the new parts it certinly isn't. My dad bought my sister a 1988 honda prelude si2.0 with 4 wheel steering, not drive, but steering. he has spent about 10,000 on repairs and a new paint job. The cars value through a private party is only 2,200. And now we need a new mufler. so trust me and buy this car, it works, remember, a car is a tool not a toy.
Cons: Buzzy engine
Advice: Watch for price and discounts but buy it.If you want one of the best handling small cars on the market, the Protege 5 is your car. Its somewhat boomy engine and moderate power is more than made up for in handling, room and comfort. It just plain feels connected and handles. Mazda knows handling and comfort and Fun.
Pros: All Wheel Drive
Cons: Emergency brake recall.
Advice: Test drive one in the snow. You'll be hooked.The H6-3.0 engine is responsive and the vehicle handles extremely well in the snow. My other car is a 3 year old Mercedes E320 and I find myself gravitating to the Subaru. The seats are heated, comfortable, excellent lumbar support and certainly as good as my Benz. The upgraded indash CD system is very good. (Not as good as the Benz, but still very good,) The finish of the Subaru is outstanding. It is a well built and solid vehicle. It rides exceptionally well for a sports wagen.