Common Driver Road Test
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2002 BMW M3 Coupe
The M3 sizzles with a robust 333 horsepower and enough handling prowess to accompany its significant thrust. But lest you mistake the M3 for just
another hot rod, think again. The total driving experience in this car defines perfection. From its pampering luxury to its world-class ride and handling, few cars in the automotive kingdom approach the M3's
excellence. Review & Video on M3 Coupe
M3 Convertible Don't
Try This At Home - Ouch!
2002 Lexus IS 300
Priced from the low thirties, the high-tech themed IS 300 is a legitimate contender to the BMW 3-series. Aggressive angular styling with short front and rear overhangs gives rise to the 300's luxury sport sedan status.
A 215 horsepower inline-6 provides plenty of scat, particularly when mated
to the 5-speed manual.
Review on 2002
2002 Escape XLT V-6
Combine a great car-like ride, responsive handling, and good acceleration with the utility of a mainstream SUV, and the best candidate around is the all-new Ford Escape. This is one of the few modern SUVs that actually produces respectable fuel economy. Fully loaded 4x4 Escapes are available for around $25,000, making it a best buy in today's competitive SUV market.
Road Test on
2002 Dodge Ram
The new "Mayor of Truckville"
is now the coolest full size pickup in town. As much as we like the current
Chevy Silverado, the all-new Dodge Ram carried a slight edge during CommonDriver staff voting
time. With several powertrain choices, various body configurations and
available 20-inch wheels and tires, the newest Ram is well equipped for work detail and for gathering
attention on the street.
2002 Chevrolet Corvette Z06
Although the standard Corvette is
wonderful, the 405-hp 2002 Z06 is in a league of its own. Today's Z06
easily overshadows even the legendary '90 through '95 ZR-1. Available in three roof configurations, the
Corvette is one of the best sports cars in the world, at any
price. But the Z06 is easily our top choice. Dyno Test on ZO6
Dyno Test on LS1
Road Test on 2001
Comparison Test on Z06 vs ZR-1
Chrysler PT Cruiser
The PT Cruiser is the perfect hybrid mix of car,
SUV, and Minivan. Combining new-millennium technology with 1930's retro styling, this clever vehicle crosses all generation gaps and appeals to both the young and old. Add a very reasonable entry-level price tag and you'll understand why Chrysler
can hardly build enough of these
unique vehicles to meet the intense demands of the American market.
Road Test on PT Cruiser
2002 Subaru Impreza WRX
The all-new Subaru WRX boasts a 227-hp turbocharged engine,
a slick manual transmission and all-wheel-drive. That's the part you
know about. What you might not know is that this car is truly a joy to
drive. With advancements in refinement, comfort and luxury, this
affordable hot rod makes
you wonder why you'd ever spend another 15-grand for an AWD Audi or BMW.