Chevrolet Trailblazer 2005: The Weekly Driver Review

Written by James Raia

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Standard features are adequate: power mirrors, heated daytime running lamps, remote keyless entry, tinted rear glass, 65/35 second and third-row folding seats and a rear window defogger, among other standard items.

Three options packages,repparttar aforementioned Sun, Sound and Entertainment, as well asrepparttar 102744 Luxury and V8 Power Play packages, can add nearly $7,000 torepparttar 102745 base sticker, pushingrepparttar 102746 total price to more than $41,000.

Some options are worthwhile, includingrepparttar 102747 OnStar Emergency System (with one year of free service) and leather-appointed seats. Other options cruise control, leather-wrapped steering wheel and steering wheel audio controls are standard for other manufacturers' SUVs.

A Preferred Equipment Savings reduction of $3,150 lowersrepparttar 102748 top-of-the line Blazer's price, after a $685 destination charge, to $38,515.

As such,repparttar 102749 Blazer isn'trepparttar 102750 most expensive or most economical SUV onrepparttar 102751 market. But certainly, for nearly $40,000, good brakes and sufficient second-row headroom shouldn't be issues.

2005 Chevrolet Trailblazer

Safety features -- Dual-stage driver and front passenger airbags. Antilock brakes.

Fuel Mileage (estimates) -- 14 mpg (city), 19 mpg (highway).

Warranty -- Bumper to bumper, 3 years/36,000 miles; Power train, 3 years/36,000 miles; Corrosion, 6 years/100,000 miles; 24-hour free roadside assistance, 3 years, 36,000 miles

Base price -- $34,270.00

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Mitsubishi Outlander 2005: The Weekly Driver Review

Written by James Raia

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For all of its less-than-spectacular features,repparttar Outlander rebounds in several areas.

Fromrepparttar 102743 driver's seat, visibility is good. The vehicle's leather seats are comfortable and front and rear seat access is spacious. Despiterepparttar 102744 Outlander's compact SUV status, there's plenty of cargo space behindrepparttar 102745 rear seat. Andrepparttar 102746 rear lift gate is nicely designed and functions with ease.

The Outlander's best feature, though, is its vast array of standard features, particularly inrepparttar 102747 limited edition. Consider: air-conditioning, cruise control a 210-watt Infinity AM/FM stereo (six-disc CD and MP3 features), power doors, windows and sunroof, remote keyless entry, leather seats, heated front seats, a 10-way adjustable driver's seat, dual visor vanity mirrors, integrated fog lights, a nicely designed roof rail, a 60-40 split reclining rear seatback and daytime running lamps.

Still,repparttar 102748 Outlander doesn't haverepparttar 102749 workmanship of other vehicles in its class and its resale value can't matchrepparttar 102750 more well-recognized SUVs offered by Ford, Honda and Subaru. Further,repparttar 102751 Outlander is an SUV with an underpowered engine. Isn't that a contradiction?

2005 Mitsubishi Outlander

Safety features -- Dual front and front side airbags, antilock brakes, daytime running lamps.

Fuel Mileage (estimates) -- 21 mpg (city), 25 mpg (highway).

Warranty -- Bumper to bumper, 5 years/60,000 miles; Powertrain, 10 years/100,000 miles; Corrosion, 7 years/100,000 miles; Roadside assistance, 5 years, unlimited miles.

Base price range -- $25,179.00.

James Raia, a journalist in Sacramento, Calif., syndicates the column, The Weekly Driver Review and is co-author of the e-book How To Buy A Car Without Getting Ripped Off

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