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Pros: Combination of cargo room and good fuel economy
Cons: Small gas tank on the 4WD (11.9 gal.)
Advice: Pick up a better tire-iron, the one it comes with is wimpy.We got the Matrix 4WD since the winters in Wyoming can be harsh. Its acceleration is sufficient and its handling is quick and responsive. The Matrix is just about perfect for us; a couple just out of college. It is quite fun to drive. A hiccup we have noticed is that the 4-speed transmission shifts really hard as the car crests a hill. The only other concern was that as a new model we weren’t sure about the reliability. Since the Matrix has mostly Corrola guts we are optimistic.
Pros: quite ride
Advice: noneGreat Car! This is the second Camary 4 cylinder LE that I am purchsing. The first was 1992 version and it's still serving my family very well. 2002, Even though the car has been enlarged size/weight wise, the new 4 cyl engine seems to have more than enough power for the car. Also the standard equiptment on the LE version seems to have everything that I need from a car. i.e. CD player, power windows, AC. I went on a road trip this past weekend, and the 3 hr drive each way was just a 3 hrs of relaxation. =) My only complaint about the 2002 camary is that: 1. trasmission seems to catch a little abruptly when accelerating from a stop. 2. breaks seems to fade right before the car comes to a complete stop. It's initial bite on the brake is great, but at low speeds it wants to continue rolling, making me break extra hard the last few feet. Is anyone else having these problems?
Pros: Nimble handling. Power
Cons: fuel mileage
Advice: If this is your first SUV, you'll be shocked by the fuel mileage.Easy to drive. Feels like your driving a car instead of a truck. Power delivery is smooth. Currently I'm averaging 17 mpg which i consider poor. (Note: This is my first SUV. My other car is a 1988 Corolla)
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!!!
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?
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.
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.