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Car Ratings

Getting firsthand information from an actual car owner is one sure way to get an idea of car performance once it leaves the lot. Autobytel features real consumer reviews that give the unbiased experience of a car.

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    1/26/2002 3:45:37 PM

    2002 Kia Sedona - EX

    Pros: engine and transmission

    Cons: no fold away seats

    Advice: If you are considering a minivan,you have to check this one out.

    If you could fold the back seat away like the honda odyssey,this would be the best van at any price,lexus like confort and ride,incredible for a vehicule this price,KIA you have done an excellent job.

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    1/26/2002 1:29:00 PM

    2002 Chevrolet TrailBlazer - LTZ 4x4

    Pros: The memory settings

    Cons: not having a cassett recorder as standard with a CD.

    Advice: LTZ has a lot of nice features that are standard, but this makes the LTZ more expensive

    Owning another Blazer (2000) allows me to make comparsions daily. I must say there is no comparsion. The 2002 Trailblazer has more car like features and handling and really does not feel like you are driving a truck. The only negative I could come up with was the pricing is higher then I first expected. Since this was a replacement for the Blazer the increase should have been lower. I would suggest GM review the pricing on the Trailblazer and reduce the MSRP for and LTZ to about $32,000. Then as you add some of the features like moon roof and Limited slip you would have a MSRP of about $34,000 and not the $36,000 Plus these come in at.

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    1/26/2002 11:57:44 AM

    2002 Honda CR-V - LX (M5) 4x4

    Pros: My favorite feature would have to be the automatic transmission. I've been driving a manual transmission for much too long.

    Cons: The location of the gear shifter.

    Advice: Be wary of the gear shift lever while reaching for the radio.

    I really enjoy driving my CRV. It's a smooth ride and the sound system is great. I had been looking for an automobile that would be comfortable on long drives, and large enough to hold all the family needs. But not so large that it would be like driving a boat. I found it in the CRV. There's plenty of storage space, and room for five average size adults. On the least liked feature. The location of the gear shifter took some getting use to. On 3 occasions, while driving to work in the early morning darkness, I accidently bumped the lever when reaching for the radio. It was enough of a bump to push the lever into neutral! I'm aware of the possibility now, but still find that having to reach around the lever to select a radio station is a bit of an annoyance.

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    1/26/2002 10:11:27 AM

    2002 Toyota Sequoia - SR5 4x2

    Pros: Separate front/rear temp controls, even with sunroof. Competition does not have separate rear controls available with a sunroof.

    Cons: For my wife, the primary driver of this vehicle , it's that darn blindspot caused by second row outboard headrest .

    Advice: Look at the Yukon/Tahoe, then compare overall with this vehicle. This should have better resale down the road, and has a greater level of safety features.

    Fit, finish, and function are excellent! The ride is not as soft as our Suburban, but is not far off the Yukon we test drove. Driver blind spot resulting from the oversize headrest at the 2nd row passenger side is a problem for shorter drivers. Solution may be to remove this headrest until needed to carry a taller passenger in that position. Young children will not require the headrest. Shoulder belts at all seats a big plus, with outboard adjustable shoulder harnesses in the 1st and second rows great for kids and shorter adults to prevent harness from strangling them. Storage bins throughout, cupholders. Cloth is the seat material of our choice for passenger all weather comfort. Outstanding safety features include Vehicle Skid Control, ABS, limited slip control for 4WD. Bigger than the Yukon, more cargo room, better seatbelts, front, side, and sidecurtain airbags, yet

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    1/25/2002 1:04:02 PM

    2002 Volkswagen Jetta - GLS L (M5) Sedan

    Pros: Turbo and Monsoon sound system

    Cons: Cup Holders, seat reclining crank wheel, and lack of rear seat space. also Velour seats gather a LOT of lint. Lint Magnets!!

    Advice: Pay no more than $300 over invoice. Start bidding wars by contacting different dealerships online. Definitely get your quotes from online car buying services.

    I had no idea the power behind these little guys. When I first took the test drive and the salesman told me to accelrate fast, I had NO idea it was going to take off that fast. I've never driven a Honda or Toyota that felt like this.

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    1/25/2002 8:11:03 AM

    2002 Nissan Altima - 3.5 SE (M5)

    Pros: Performance..this car is incredibly quick for its size

    Cons: Sunroof operation and associated wind noise

    Advice: Take a test drive and be amazed!!

    At 6'1' I was amazed that the salesman at 6'3' was able to sit behind me, even with the seat all the way back. The spaciousness of the vehicle is tremendous from the interior all the way to the trunk. The vehicle has tremendous power and can get you into the traffice flow quickly and without any effort. The Altima has been redesigned and will definitely be a class leader.

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    1/25/2002 5:39:42 AM

    2002 Jeep Grand Cherokee - Limited 4x4

    Pros: Everything about the dash, radio, and seats

    Cons: I cant see the front of the hood very well while driving

    Advice: Get the Limited with the V-8 and sandstone int

    Great Truck. I have been off-road with no problems and lots of power (I have the V-8 and 4 wheel drive). The ride on road is very good. It is quiet and rides heavy. The radio on the Limited is the best I have seen yet. The seats are improved and give more support. I changed the air intake to K&B high flow and this gives me 17 MPG in town and 22 MPG on the HWY (and this is with a V-8 and 4 wheel drive)