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The auto guide 2002
Duval, Jacques.
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Publication Information:
Willowdale, Ont. : Firefly, [2001]

Physical Description:
543 pages : color illustrations, maps ; 28 cm
The Auto Guide 2002 is a tool in researching the best purchase that money or good taste can acquire on the world's automobile market.
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Includes indexes.
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The process of buying a new car is a stress-filled prospect for most of us.

How big a car do we really need? How flashy a look do we truly want? What is the safest choice for our children as passengers? Which make and model will provide us with lasting performance and value?

With more than 520 pages and 1,000+ photographs and illustrations, The Auto Guide 2002 is a valuable tool in researching the best purchase for your money and taste.

The Auto Guide 2002 includes details on new models that are not easy to find and assemble elsewhere:

a summary of positive and negative judgments on features historical overview of the model's development suggested purchase cost vital statistics safety features, stopping distances general reliability (including tires!) operating costs and fuel consumption winter driving reliability and comfort comparable makes and models notable new features five-star ratings on: general appeal; comfort, reliability, interior and trunk capacity; winter preparedness features; security; resale value. best buys in every category new releases in development

From Acura and Aston Martin, through Ferrari and Ford to Volvo, this is the complete guide for the buyer. The listings on the hundreds of models are packed with useful analysis, informed judgments, and wise predictions, and will make the difficult decision much easier and smarter.

Author Notes

Although he's better known in Quebec as a journalist and top-flight auto expert, Jacques Duval first made his name as a radio and television presenter, hosting a variety of programs devoted to music and the Canadian record industry.

A former race driver, Duval won the Quebec Championship three times and was the first Canadian to win the GT class of the 24 Hours of Daytona. In 1990, he returned to auto-racing and took part in 16 races across Canada. He finished second at Mosport in August 1991 during the Firehawk Series.

Denis Duquet , former teacher of Roman History (and a lifelong car enthusiast), began his journalistic career in the early 1970s as a sportswriter and magazine editor, including a tour of duty with CAA--Quebec Touring magazine.

In 1980, Jacques Duval asked Denis to join the team at Le Guide de l'auto and since then their collaboration has grown steadily.

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Library Journal Review

The new-car market continues to grow, with more than 15 million cars and trucks sold in 2001. No doubt many library patrons are researching their purchases, and your library probably has the traditional resources available for them. This new reference from the authors of numerous car guides (e.g., The 1996 New Car Report) offers a different approach. Not only are more than 160 vehicles reviewed, including most makes and models, but there are also comparison tests of similar cars, a separate list of best buys, and a section on the best used-car values. The well-written entries includes full specifications, safety features, and performance data for all listed vehicles. There are also hundreds of full-color photos of cars and trucks, all printed on glossy stock in a quality hardcover package. Some libraries may prefer the annual Consumer Reports auto issue for their patrons needs, but this reference book is a real step up in both presentation and information. It will also be of continued use as the new cars listed here become next year's used cars. Eric C. Shoaf, Brown Univ. Lib., Providence, RI (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.



Foreword Truth Is Its Own Reward I have been writing about cars for the past 36 years and my guidelines have remained constant: to stick to what I believe is the truth and to inform the reader, listener or television audience to the best of my ability. Apparently, this recipe has worked because The Auto Guide sold a record 85,000-plus copies last year. The secret of this success was given to me by a television producer who wants to remain anonymous but who confided that he could not find a single sponsor for a television broadcast on cars that he was about to program. As soon as the news got out that I was going to be the moderator, people became extremely nervous. In other words, my frankness, my integrity and my core belief that "the truth should always be told" was a disturbing prospect. They had no desire to be associated with someone who might make negative comments about the cars in question, whether it be fires, oil or spare parts. This nervousness struck me as flattering and it provided clear proof of the extent to which I have achieved my goals: to tell the public exactly what's going on, even at the risk of making enemies in the automobile world. It's precisely this unwillingness to play footsy with the manufacturers that allows us this year to cross the border and offer an English-language version of The Auto Guide designed to reach the whole of North America. The two editions share a common denominator, that is test-driving most of the vehicles (sedans, sport-utes, wagons and pickups) sold in Canada and the United States. The information collected on the performance of each vehicle is complemented by comparison tests among the various models within a given category. Frankly, it's no small job to set up all the elements needed for this type of evaluation. As an example, take our comparison between the new Jeep Liberty and nine of its rivals. In total, ten vehicles were brought together at the same time, in the same place, as well as some 20 individuals who were invited to drive and test each of the models, then fill out evaluation charts. Moreover, we had to find an off-road track and make sure that there were two photographers, a cameraman and a mechanic -- and, of course, to prepare lunches for the entire crew. So may I take this opportunity to thank Denis Duquet, the ringmaster of these meetings, as well as all those enthusiastic and dedicated people who volunteered. For the 2002 edition, Denis Duquet did not rest on his laurels. In addition to the compact 4-wheel drive tests, he also put together the small wagon test, and those involving the mini sports cars and all-wheel drive sedans. While all this hard work was going on, I was happily enjoying myself at the wheel of the Ferrari lineup (Ferrari Festival), testing the AMG lineup ("Six Mercedes on the Loose") and organizing the Porsche Boxster - Subaru lmpreza WRX head-to-head road test. I hope you'll have as much fun reading about these special road tests as I did doing the driving. For those readers who have to think seriously about their pocketbooks, Alain Morin's sense of humor may put a smile on your face as you choose the second-hand car best suited to your circumstances. The Auto Guide 2002 might also have added the 2003 model year to its title as we've included so many cars that are still waiting in the wings. I'm thinking, for instance, of the MINI Cooper that Alain Raymond road-tested in Italy and the Mazda M6 that Denis Duquet drove in Japan. One fine new member of our crew is photographer Michel Fyen-Gagnon. Without him, you probably would never have seen a Ferrari skidding on three wheels or a Mercedes-Benz CLK55 stirring up a smokescreen in a high-speed skid-control maneuver. This time around, I also benefited from the much appreciated support of several contributors, including Jean-Georges Laliberté, François Duval, Mathieu Bouthillette and Louis Butcher. Nor dare I omit to mention my new right-hand person, Brigitte Duval who, in her own way, has played a key role in the production of this year's Auto Guide . As for me, I still intend to frighten people in the car industry and will probably make more enemies with my underlying conviction that honesty is always the best policy. Happy motoring! Jacques Duval Excerpted from The Auto Guide 2002 by Jacques Duval, Denis Duquet All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.

Table of Contents

Vehicles reviewed
Price List
The Auto Guide Best Buys
Used Cars
Best and Worst Buys: 1995-2000
Comparison Tests
The Best Compact SUV's
Mini Muscle Cars
Station Wagons
Porsche Boxter/Subaru Impreza WRX
AWD Sedans
Special Tests
The Best Snow Tires
Comeback of the Mini
Ferrari Festival
Mercedes AMG
Prototypes 2002
Pickup Trucks
AMG Hummer
Chevrolet S-10
Chevrolet Silverado
Dodge Dakota
Dodge Ram
Ford F-150
Ford Ranger
GMC Sierra
GMC Sonoma
Mazda B Series
Nissan Frontier
Exotic Sports Cars
Acura NSX-T
Aston Martin Vanquish
BMW M3 / M5
Ferrari 456M GT
Ferrari 550 Maranello
Ferrari 360 Modena F1
Ferrari 550 Barchetta
Lamborghini Murciélago
Maserati Spyder
Porsche 911 Turbo / GT2
Road Tests and Analyses
Acura 1.7EL
Acura 3.5RL
Acura CL / TL
Acura MDX
Acura RSX
Audi A4 / S4
Audi A6 / Avant / S6
Audi A8 / S8
Audi Allroad Quattro
Audi TT / Roadster
BMW 3 Series
BMW 5 Series
BMW 7 Series
Buick Century
Buick LeSabre
Buick Park Avenue
Buick Regal
Buick RendezVous
Cadillac CTS
Cadillac DeVille
Cadillac Eldorado / XLR
Cadillac Escalade / EXT
Cadillac Seville
Chevrolet Astro
Chevrolet Avalanche
Chevrolet Blazer
Chevrolet Camaro
Chevrolet Cavalier
Chevrolet Corvette
Chevrolet Impala
Chevrolet Malibu
Chevrolet Monte Carlo
Chevrolet Suburban
Chevrolet Tahoe
Chevrolet Tracker
Chevrolet TrailBlazer
Chrysler 300 M
Chrysler Concorde
Chrysler Intrepid
Chrysler Neon
Chrysler Prowler
Chrysler PT / GT Cruiser
Chrysler Sebring
Chrysler Town & Country
Daewoo Lanos
Daewoo Leganza
Daewoo Nubira
Dodge Caravan
Dodge Durango
Dodge Viper
Ford Escape
Ford Expedition
Ford Explorer
Ford Explorer Sport
Ford Explorer Sport Trac
Ford Focus
Ford Mustang
Ford Taurus
Ford Thunderbird
Ford Windstar
GMC Envoy
GMC Jimmy
GMC Safari
GMC Yukon / XL
Honda Accord
Honda Civic
Honda CR-V
Honda Insight
Honda Odyssey
Honda S2000
Hyundai Accent
Hyundai Elantra
Hyundai SantaFe
Hyundai Sonata
Hyundai XG350
Infiniti G20
Infiniti I35
Infiniti Q45 / Q45T
Infiniti QX4
Isuzu Rodeo / Trooper
Jaguar S-Type
Jaguar XJ8
Jaguar XK8
Jaguar X-Type
Jeep Grand Cherokee
Jeep Liberty
Jeep TJ
Kia Magentis
Kia Rio
Kia Sedona
Kia Spectra
Kia Sportage
Land Rover Discovery II
Land Rover Freelander
Land Rover Range Rover
Lexus ES 300
Lexus GS 300 / GS 430
Lexus IS 300
Lexus LS 430
Lexus LX 470
Lexus RX 300
Lexus SC 430
Lincoln Continental
Lincoln LS
Lincoln Navigator
Lincoln SUV
Lincoln Town Car
Mazda 626
Mazda M5
Mazda Miata
Mazda Millenia
Mazda MP3
Mazda MPV
Mazda Protegé5
Mazda Tribute
Mercedes-Benz A Class
Mercedes-Benz C Class
Mercedes-Benz C Class Sport Coupe
Mercedes-Benz CL
Mercedes-Benz CLK
Mercedes-Benz E Class
Mercedes-Benz M Class
Mercedes-Benz S Class
Mercedes-Benz SLK
Mercury Cougar
Mercury Grand Marquis
Mini Cooper
Nissan Altima
Nissan Maxima
Nissan Pathfinder
Nissan Sentra
Nissan Xterra
Oldsmobile Alero
Oldsmobile Aurora
Oldsmobile Bravada
Oldsmobile Intrigue
Oldsmobile Silhouette
Pontiac Aztek
Pontiac Bonneville
Pontiac Firebird
Pontiac Grand Am
Pontiac Grand Prix
Pontiac Montana
Pontiac Sunfire
Pontiac Vibe
Porsche 911 C2 /4S / Targa
Porsche Boxster
Saab 9-3
Saab 9-5
Saturn LS/ LW
Saturn SC
Saturn SL
Saturn VUE
Subaru Forester
Subaru Impreza
Subaru Impreza WRX
Subaru Legacy
Subaru Outback
Suzuki Esteem
Suzuki Vitara / Grand Vitara
Suzuki XL7
Toyota 4Runner
Toyota Avalon
Toyota Camry
Toyota Camry Solara
Toyota Celica
Toyota Corolla
Toyota Echo
Toyota Highlander
Toyota Matrix
Toyota Prius
Toyota RAV4
Toyota Sequoia
Toyota Sienna
Toyota Tacoma
Toyota Tundra
Volkswagen EuroVan
Volkswagen Golf
Volkswagen Jetta
Volkswagen New Beetle
Volkswagen Passat
Volkswagen Passat W8
Volvo C70
Volvo S40 / V40
Volvo S60
Volvo S80
Volvo V70 / XC