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Pros: looks, off-road strengths, V6 passing, and compact size is easy to park
Cons: rear leg room, I wish they added six inches.
Advice: 2004&2005 models are better, many weak reviews were of earlier models. This car will restore joy of the road again.I test drived a jeep liberty sport, subaru impreza, and pontiac vibe. I gave up on the vibe, as in the winter the heater didn't heat the car up, and acceleration @120hp AWD was wimpy. The impreza with 170hp great horse power but too low to the ground and AWD not 4WD. The jeep liberty, of comparable price 'sport' model, had low-end look and feel, it was the cheap jeep. Grand Vitara, classy interior with great standard stuff. It had V6, 4WD, real truck/tank-like built & frame, keyless entry (wife loves), and nice looks. Smooth quiet ride and has neato power thrust button for automatics (puts 'sport' back in SUV). Compact body was important as I street park in a big city often. The off-road capabilities really useful for unplowed streets and deep pot holes (city approved). There is no other compact SUV with same off-road, V6, 4WD, comfort and style for the price. This vehicle is in a unique class with no competitors for the price, real off-road, V6, and 4WD. I fell in love with driving again (last car which had this much fun was my 1979 chev. malibu so its been a while). I am 5'11'' and thought I might find it's width tight, yet more I drive it, more I like it. It's really is a great ride. My wife whips around in this car, so that tells you a lot about its safe built-like a tank feel and ride, since she never did that with 4-cylinders.
Pros: 6 airbags, ABS, and ESP standard!
Cons: Interior plastic scratches easily. Some tire noise.
Advice: Get the 6 cylinder. The package comes with many upgrades for the price.We traded our 2003 Jeep Liberty for the Tucson and have not looked back! The Hyundai rides much better, is quieter inside, has many more safety features, and gets much better gas mileage. It's not a Lexus, but for the money it's an outstanding deal!
Pros: Buid Quality, like a Benz
Cons: Space in rear
Advice: Try one for yourself, don't believe the reviews- just can't fathom why its so under rated...All the reviews said I should hate this vehicle but why did I like it so much when I test drove it? Are all the reviews wrong or is it just me. Tested a few others but this was nicest. I know I am not suppose to like it but I love it. It just is put together so well, like a tank and it handles well. It has everything standard too.
Pros: Interior is nice
Cons: Too many repairs & rust
Advice: Be weary and do a lot of research. Buy a used one so you don't waste your $.I bought a 2003 Subaru Forester XS in 2002 when the first new models came out. I like the way it looks and feels, but overall I have had many problems with the car, including many repairs and dealer problems. Repairs/problems include: 2 Airbags replaced, transmission recall/slips, windows leak water, knocking in back and front suspension, gas mileage deteriorated to 14mpg from 23mpg, rust, roof rack broke, rear seatbelt installed backwards, stock tires replaced at 25K miles, rear differential always low on grease for some reason, AWD not very good in snow or mud, and dealerships are bad to do business with. I really wish that it did not have so many problems, otherwise I'd like it better and would feel like I got my money's worth (and would not worry about possibly breaking down soon). Now I am disappointed and feel jipped. I am going to sell it soon and never buy another new Subaru again. The resale value on them goes down quickly also. The dealership service is horrible here. :(
Pros: Smooth side
Cons: I like all
Advice: excellent SUVExcellent drive and very smooth. I highly recommend to anyone who is looking for a luxury SUV..
Pros: The interior appointments and the way the dash board and controls are set up-overall shape of body.
Cons: Little bit more road noise than a high end sedan-but I just turn up my CD's!
Advice: Get it fully loaded and you will still pay less than the other brands! It is a fun vehicle ot drive!The Tucson is my first SUV!I researched alot of cars before deciding on the Tucson! I am a petite woman, but it doesn't over power me! I love the way it drives-I felt comfortable in it the first day. I look at more expensive SUV's and think 'mine is nicer'. I have leather interior, sunroof-the works! The interior and dash is as nice if not nicer that the more expensive SUV's. Love the adjustable console I am thrilled with my new Tucson-a present from my husband! Living in San Diego-I have enjoyed my sunroof-but with all this rain-I have felt secure in my Tucson! Drives like a dream!
Pros: Real 4wd Capabilitt
Cons: wheel on back
Advice: Go get one you will not regret it.Totally agree with review. We were looking for a medium 4wd and had tested ALL the competition, Honda CRV, Rav4, Ford Escape, Nissan X Trail, Hyundai Toucan and a few others. We were rather underwhelmed by them all and had narrowed our choice to Rav 4 or CRV but we (my wife and myself ) weren't conviced by either really, The Rav 4 was a great drive but lacked serious off road ability and teh CRV was very practical and roomy biut also seriously lacked 4WD cred. Then we decided to stop at a suzuki dealer and dissmissevely looked at a Grand Vitara. The dealer wasn't too push and offderd a good price and invited us for a test drive. To be polite we obliged but once in the I coul;dn't here the negine (v6) and was blown away by the cabin quality and solid feel of it all. On the road it was suburb, really falt through corners, silky smoothm quiet I didn't know the engine was on and it was very very quick. I glanced the hi low 4wd gears shift and knew this was the real deal, not some softroader to be sneered at. Then when we stopped the dealer pointed out the sump guard and said the steel was galvanised ( a la Landrover) We were totally blown away, honestly, I am not Suzuki dealer in disguise but a genuinely impressed now Vitara Fanatic!!! Please try one and do yourself a favour. I can't wait uuntil I pick our upo!!!!!