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2018 Tesla Model 3

Trim: RWD LR
by shanes on 07-31-2019
The best car I've ever owned!
Gas cars now feel like owning a flip phone. I charge my Tesla at home so I always leave with a full charge. The range is right on what's advertised. The acceleration and performance will knock your socks off!

It's a tech car and Tesla pushes regular feature updates like sentry mode, a built-in dashcam, keeping the car cool when parked, video games when parked, etc.
Overall
5.0
Comfort
5/5
Performance
5/5
Fuel Economy
5/5
Interior Design
5/5
Exterior Styling
5/5
Reliability
5/5
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2012 Toyota RAV4

by shanes on 02-28-2016
Great basic small SUV
If you are looking for a basic yet reliable small SUV, this is it. We've had it for three years now with zero problems. It's great on gas but the downside is that it's pretty plan looking with a very basic interior.
Overall
4.0
Comfort
3/5
Performance
3/5
Fuel Economy
5/5
Interior Design
3/5
Exterior Styling
3/5
Reliability
5/5
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2003 Nissan Sentra

Trim: GXE
by shanes on 10-11-2012
Great little reliable car
We traded up from a worn out old Saturn wagon to a brand new Sentra GXE back in 2003. It was an amazing upgrade for us. It actually had air conditioning! Can you even imagine the pure luxury of having AC in Vancouver for those five warm days in the summer when it stopped raining? We felt like royalty – no sweating in our seats like mere commoners!

We kept the little Nissan for five years and put tons of miles on it - city and highway. This included many hours waiting at the border for our fellow citizens to import their vast quantity of Washington cheese and/or pharmaceutically enhanced milk. The car could be called "peppy" in that it had a lot of self-confidence for a little guy. It managed the hills in New West while barely a squeak from its tiny tires as it fought for grip in the rain. This was the four-door version and we were able to haul around four adults without much effort. But I wouldn't want to be in the back seat for any extended period of time as I'm sure the risk of deep vein thrombosis would have been off the charts. Perhaps the back ashtray could be hold blood thinners, just in case.

The trunk. It was a miracle to us. After suffering with the Saturn wagon (nicknamed the "Mini Hearse"), where any packages left in the back were ripe for thievery, having a lockable trunk was fantastic. The back seats folded down to offer even more space. By deconstructing the flat-packed Billy Bookcase we were able to just barely slide it right in and rest it comfortably in the middle of the front seats.

Would I recommend this car? Yes, it's a great little first car if you find one with low KMS and having lived a gentle and sheltered life. Just close your eyes and think of it as an Infiniti without the leather seats.
Overall
3.5
Comfort
3/5
Performance
3/5
Fuel Economy
4/5
Interior Design
3/5
Exterior Styling
3/5
Reliability
4/5
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2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

2013 Ford Escape

Trim: Titanium
by shanes on 10-11-2012
Super high tech CUV with great interior
This is my first Ford. A few years ago I would have never even considered purchasing one. But with Ford's financial performance, great new cars and much improved reputation I decided to give them a try.

We looked at ever major CUV/SUV before deciding on the new 2013 Escape. One of the big deciding factors was the great legroom - only the Nissan was comparable. The other big win for this new Escape is the vast amount of gadgets and electronics built into the car.

First of all, the MyFord Touch system is brilliant. The voice system is powered by Nuance and you'll immediately recognize it as the same system that powers the iPhone. It even has the same "Siri" female voice. We had no trouble connecting our iPhone's to the car and love that it has dual USB ports for charging or playing music. The touchscreen is big and bright and is positioned to reduce glare from outside.

The engine feels powerful and overall the vehicle is very responsive when driving. We purchased the Titanium edition so a few other gee-wiz features like auto parallel parking and a neat rear lift gate. We haven't tried the auto-parking yet as we're not that brave but from the videos on YouTube it seems pretty cool. The rear lift gate has a unique feature for when your hands are full - you simply wave your foot under the rear bumper and the power opener will activate. A neat feature but I worry about it breaking.

Although we've only had this vehicle a short time we really love it. The exterior is much nicer than the previous boxy Esscape and is more like a CRV or RAV4. But compared to them we like it even more.
Overall
4.5
Comfort
5/5
Performance
4/5
Fuel Economy
3/5
Interior Design
5/5
Exterior Styling
4/5
Reliability
4/5
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2009 Toyota Highlander Hybrid

Trim: Hybrid 5-seat
by shanes on 10-10-2012
Big SUV with excellent fuel economy
We love our Highlander. It's nice and big but at the same time it has excellent gas mileage. We do mostly city driving and have been getting 8.4L/100 with the A/C on this summer.

This is the five seat version and not the seven seat. We looked at the seven seat but couldn't imaging how anyone actually fitting into the third row.

This car was used in Vancouver so we didn't have challenging winter driving. But in the ice and light snow it was very solid. The stock tires are low friction to increase fuel economy so we put in all seasons which are better in the rain and ice.

When driving the car it's quite smooth and quiet. The ride is soft and this makes it great on long highway trips.

The interior is nice and roomy and comfortably fits my 6'5" frame in both the driver's seat and front passenger. The rear seats are nice as well with the middle seat area removable to it feels like two captain seats. The trunk area isn't the best - it has a small covered hatch for storing things out of view but didn't really include anything to keep your groceries from sliding all over the place.

The spare tire is a major pain in the neck. It's up under the vehicle and hard to gain access to. In fact, when the low pressure warning came on for it the guys at the garage couldn't figure out how to get it down to inflate it.

Overall we loved this car and highly recommend it.
Overall
4.0
Comfort
4/5
Performance
4/5
Fuel Economy
5/5
Interior Design
3/5
Exterior Styling
4/5
Reliability
4/5
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