Emily's 7 Best


Emily G. Sappingfield


Road Test Editor


2002 Chevrolet Avalanche

Can't decide between a pickup and an SUV? Your choices just became more complex. The highly versatile, multipurpose Avalanche 1500 comes standard with 285-hp and 325 lb-ft of torque, which is more than enough to haul all your gear around.



2002 Nissan Altima 3.5 SE

The best 4-door sedan available in America at around $30,000 is the new Altima 3.5 SE. With its 3.5-liter 240-hp DOHC 24-valve V-6, the manual transmission Altima easily keeps up with the competition.



2002 BMW 330i / 330Ci

The long-time standard for mid-size coupes and sedans has been the BMW 3-series. This wonderful car is also available as a convertible if you're willing to accept a significant weight penalty. Whichever model you choose, superior refinement defines these cars.


2002 Chrysler PT Cruiser

As a new millennium trendsetter, the 2002 PT Cruiser returns as the king of crossover vehicles. Some call the PT "revolutionary." How else do you describe a car that appeals to so many American consumers?

Road Test on PT Cruiser   Review on convertible concept


2003 Cadillac CTS

With a base price of just under 30-grand, the rear-wheel-drive CTS is GMs first real competitor to the BMW 3-series. With 220-hp and an available 5-speed manual, this Caddy cooks as well as it looks.



2002 Ford Explorer XLT

With its all-new independent rear suspension and the optional 239-hp V-8, the Explorer just keeps getting better. Take one for a test drive, and you'll better understand why Americans continue to choose Ford Explorer.



2002 Ford Thunderbird

The T-Bird is back, and we couldn't be happier with Ford's design efforts. By combining the timeless design cues from classic Thunderbirds with the clean lines of today's cars, Ford has successfully executed a marvelous little drop-top that is sure to become an American favorite.   Review on Thunderbird


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