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Pros: Gas mileage and roomy interior
Cons: No power seat option and interior lighting is poor - only one dome light!
Advice: Don't expect luxury - expect afordability and fun.The test drive is what sold me. I tested my friend's Xb in the morning, purchased one in the afternoon. The ride is firm, but heavy and smooth - unlike most compact cars. If you're dumping your gas hog SUV (like my 99 GMC Suburban) then load it up with creture comfort extras, like arm rest, cruise, leather, floor mats, etc. I've even added a second dome light up front (an aftermarket must have if you want to see anything inside the cabin at night) Reminds me of my old Ford Festiva - you can load a boxed washing machine from Home Depot in the back! This is a fun car to drive - not to mention the gas mileage. Expect to see more SUV to Xb middle-aged converts (like me) on the road!
Pros: 4200 pound spacious SUV tries to act like a sports car! And succeeds if you push it.
Cons: Front & rear body styling (uugh), tiny glove box.
Advice: You can compare carefully to the competition or just take a long test drive... Be prepared to buy it.I don't much like Subarus, personally. I did everything I could to avoid buying this one by test driving or carefully evaluating all of its competitors. Here is an almost full size SUV with a good dose of Sport, Utility and Luxury. It handles very nicely on tight, steep, winding mountain roads. Steering at highway speeds is quick and precise, providing much confidence in emergency maneuvers. A very reasonable amount of HP (250) and torque will get you past the the 2-lane slow-poke, no problem. Automatic trans has both 'sport' mode and 'manual' shifting, making this crossover fun to drive. The 8.4' ground clearance gives you plenty of 'off road' utility. Symmetrical AWD gives you plenty of 'all weather' capability. 255/55/18 tires, 18' wheels contribute to excellent handling. It has a surprisingly quiet ride and very smooth shifting. Luxurious,very comfortable, contemporary interior, carries all the doo-dad features as its competitors. Plenty of room in the 5 passenger. Lots of well thought out details in the design, both inside and out. Very nice interior layout & easy to read gauges. Not like any Subaru I've ever seen.
Pros: Eccentric styling is just the best!
Cons: I've sat here for 5 minutes thinking. Can't think of anything I don't like.
Advice: It is not a sports car. It is for strutting and being different.OK, let's be objective here. It IS an economy car, not a sports car. Still, handling is very good and not top-heavy as the car looks to be. Acceleration is what youwould expect from an economy car. Fit and finish is Toyota...it does not get any better. Features are outstanding for a car this price. My version is a Release 2. Bright yellow. Cannot get lost in a parking lot. Stereo is very good. Objectivity tells me it is a great value! And gets more looks than almost anything on the road.
Pros: the moonroof, pick up , 4X4 capability
Cons: I wish there was a button to release the back gate within the vehicle (you can only do it by a button on the key)
Advice: BUY IT BUY IT BUY IT!!! You won't be disappointed!I puchased a 2002 Liberty Limited back in 2002 and just traded in for the new 2005 Rocky Mountain edition. I loved my 2002 liberty so much that I didn't even consider another vehicle. Granted, Jeep's are a bit pricier than other small SUV's but the quality is definetely worth the extra cash. This is a great vehicle to have for our 6+ months of Buffalo snowstorms! Gas mileage is ok for an SUV (I average around 21 highway, 19 stop and go). I love the redesigned exterior for 2005, as well as the extra leg room in the back. If you need an SUV to battle tough winter snow this is the vehicle for you.
Pros: Comfort and Style
Cons: center arm rest
Advice: Take a test drive and see for yourself!After deciding that my next vehicle would be a compact SUV, I started researching. Right away, the Tucson's styling grabbed my eye. And overall the professional reviews were favorable in the areas I was concerned with. So I scheduled a test drive -- and was hooked from the minute I climbed into the driver's seat! The contour of the seat is comfortable, the gauges and controls are easily within reach, and the layout is attractive. (I wish the dual-position arm rest had a higher position -- it would be more useful to actually rest an arm on -- but that's a fairly small matter.) The vehicle handles well, and I know I made the right decision to look for something where I sit up high enough so that I feel I can really see the road. I have a long commute every day, through heavy traffic, and I feel much more secure. So, when you factor in the style, comfort, safety features, and the very attractive price, this is a great vehicle!
Pros: Overal design excluding the front and the build quality.
Cons: front grille :(
Advice: Look at the safety features and the amount of space(width) in the rear.My wife and I just bought our first SUV. We had every intention of buying the Honda Pilot, but decided to test drive several suv's before we made our decision. The Pilot was excellent but the lack of side air bags for the third row concerned me. After test driving a few other models we tried the Tribeca out of curiousity. I admit that the front grille takes some getting use to. I keep telling myself that it's an Alfa Romeo design. But once we drove it we loved it. From the moment you close the doors it reminds you of a german car. Very solid and well made. You really have to handwash it to appreciate how well it's put together. We purchased the 7-seater with the premium cloth since we have two children and I enjoy this vehicle very much. I can't wait for the Chicago winter.
Pros: the side curtain airbags
Cons: The V6 was a little sluggish
Advice: excellent safety featuresThe Tucson was very comfortable to drive. It was smooth and it felt like I was driving a car. It was tight around turns and had a quiet ride.