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Where Can I Buy A Car Online?US Manufacturers

So what do the manufacturers say about their offerings?



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Mercedes-Benz 9/10 NOW BELOW
Honda Cars 8/10 NOW BELOW
NissanUSA 8/10 NOW BELOW
Acura 7/10 NOW BELOW

Overall Rating: 7/10E-Commerce Rating: 0/10
Acura
http://www.acura.com/

I find this site a bit too flashy and wish that it did not use pop-up windows so much. This makes it difficult to provide you with direct links to various site functions and means that instead we must describe how to access different functions (tedious and prone to subjective interpretation). There is good research information on this site but it is not always that easy to find or access.

Pros:
Specifications are complete and you can easily find information on specific models. You get a good overview of the price and feature range of the various models by hovering over the All Models link. There is a comparison tool for every model that allows you to compare your selected Acura to two other vehicles either from Acura or a different manufacturer. There are excerpts from external reviews, a good gallery and financial calculators.

Cons:
In the comparison screen you are not shown the price of the Acura you have selected nor of the other cars you might compare to - this would be helpful to let you compare similar vehicles. No links are provided to the source of external reviews (so that you could read the whole review yourself). Even on a cable connection the pop-up windows seem sluggish. There is no long term information (cost of ownership) or in depth safety information on the site.

How to:

  • Look at specific model information
    Simply click on one of the model names across the top of the page. If you are unsure which model is the right starting point for you (in terms of price or features) hover over the All Models link and then click on the model you want.

  • Compare with other cars
    Click on the model you want and then click on the Comparisons link under the DECIDE heading.


Overall Rating: 5/10E-Commerce Rating: 0/10
Audi Luxury Models at Audi USA - official US site
http://www.audiusa.com/

This rather dull grey site with the odd red highlight is a bit short on hard information. And the unasked for movies that load every time you change pages are annoying. It seems to me that if I turn off the sound in a movie on ONE page I probably don't want to hear it on any page yet it keeps on coming - aaarrrggghh.

Pros:
Specifications are complete and the media gallery is extensive with 360 degree views, video clips and downloadable wallpaper. Links are provided to original articles quoted in the reviews section - this is helpful since typically the quote is often not reflective of the tone of the entire article.

Cons:
Specifications - although complete - are very inelegantly presented. There is no comparison tool available nor is there any information on long term costs, any particular emphasis on safety or information on recalls.

How to:

  • Look at specific model information
    Simply hover over the model name in the far right column and look for the specific model you are interested in over to the left of the model name.


Overall Rating: 4/10E-Commerce Rating: 0/10
BMW North America
http://www.bmwusa.com/

A fair amount of good information on this site but its real strength is in its easy to navigate design. The site is modern and effective without being laden with flashy and unnecessary gimmicks.

Pros:
Specifications are complete (BMW calls them technical data) and you can easily find information on specific models. There is interesting additional information under the Experience heading - such things as the European Delivery option, a news section and details of the Performance Driving School and BMW assist programs. The gallery is quite extensive with 360 degree views and videos.

Cons:
The comparison tool is disappointing in that it only allows you to compare within the BMW family or with 3-5 other pre-selected alternative vehicles and it only allows you to compare two cars at a time. Specs are not presented very imaginatively and there are no links to the original articles in the 'accolades' section under each model.

How to:

  • Look at specific model information
    Go under the Vehicles heading, hover over the series you are interested in and then select your model by mousing over to the right.

  • Compare with other cars
    Select your model to compare and then select the second car to compare. You get to see both a feature and a photo comparison.


Overall Rating: 6/10E-Commerce Rating: 0/10
Buick: High Quality Luxury Cars and SUV Vehicles
http://www.buick.com/

A lovely, simple and elegant website. Models at the top left - shopping tools lower left and just a few other choices - this emphasis on fewer options makes navigation simple.

Pros:
Specifications are complete and well presented and I especially like the clickable links that allow you to see details of things like the StabiliTrak system so that you can understand what's being talked about. The Comparison tool allows you to compare your selected Buick to up to 2 other vehicles - pre-set choices are brought up first but you can replace these with any vehicles you wish. The View All Vehicles heading lets you see the whole model line arranged alphabetically, by seating capacity, safety and power. The affordability calculator gives you a practical look at what you can afford.

Cons:
There don't seem to be any external reviews available for any Buick models nor is there any information on long term costing (i.e. ownership cost and residual values).

How to:

  • Look at specific model information
    Simply click on the appropriate model in the top left hand area of the main page and then click on the trim tab in the middle of the page.

  • Compare with other cars
    Select your original Buick to compare to and select English or Espanol and click on Submit.


Overall Rating: 6/10E-Commerce Rating: 0/10
Buick: High Quality Luxury Cars and SUV Vehicles
http://www.buick.com/

An intuitive and easy-to-use website with a speedy and simple configurator. Inventories of both new and used vehicles are online and locating a dealer is simple.

Pros:
The configurator works well and is straightforward and quick. Once you've configured the vehicle you've got a lot of options including requesting a quote, locating a similarly configured vehicle on a dealer's lot, estimating payments or printing the configuration. A turnaround guarantee of 24 hours is given.

Cons:
There doesn't seem to be a save feature that would allow you to save the configuration and come back to it at a later time (perhaps to run ongoing checks on availability for example). Collection of your personal information is not done on a secure page.

How to:

  • Configure a car
    Select your year and model from the drop down list then follow the steps to select style, colours and options.

  • Search for a new car
    Select your year, model and style from the left-hand series of boxes and then input your zip code, city/state or dealer name/city/state in the boxes on the right and click on submit.

  • Search for a used car
    Input your zip code and select the car age, make, model and price range you are interested in. You'll be shown a list that can be re-sorted by make, model, year, price, colour, mileage and distance from your location. Many of the vehicles listed will also have photos.

  • Locate a dealer
    Input your zip code in the box in the upper left hand area of the main page and click on GO.

  • Find recall information
    By registering for the MyGMLink service you can find recall information about your specific vehicle but you cannot find recall information on Buick vehicles overall on this site (although you can call 1-800-422-8425).


Overall Rating: 6/10E-Commerce Rating: 0/10
Luxury Cars & Sport Utility Vehicles at Cadillac.com
http://www.cadillac.com/

A good research site with minimalist design that makes it easy to find information and navigate. Maybe a bit too much grey but it is nicely and simply designed.

Pros:
Specifications are easily accessed. You can get a good overview of models and their pricing by clicking on the Build Your Cadillac link in the lower right hand side of the page. The gallery is very full-featured with exterior and interior photos, 360 degree views and videos.

Cons:
The comparison tool only allows you to compare your selected Cadillac to pre-selected makes and models. There also don't seem to be external reviews of the Cadillac on this site and there is no information on residual values or total ownership costs.

How to:

  • Look at specific model information
    Simply click on the model name across the top of the page. If there is more than one trim level within a specific model you'll be able to pick it out on the next screen.

  • Compare with other cars
    Select the Cadillac you wish to use as the first car for your comparison. On the next screen compare to either another Cadillac or a competitor by clicking the appropriate button. The good news is that you get to compare 2 cars to the Cadillac across a variety of criteria. The bad news is that you only get to choose from 4-7 different competing cars to compare to.


Overall Rating: 6/10E-Commerce Rating: 0/10
Luxury Cars & Sport Utility Vehicles at Cadillac.com
http://www.cadillac.com/

A classically elegant site that's easy to navigate and use. A bit monochromatic but in this arena simple and non-flashy is a welcome change. New and used inventories online. If you click on the 'Build your Cadillac' link in the lower right hand area of the page you'll see a helpful overview of the Cadillac models and their starting prices.

Pros:
The configurator works well and is straightforward and quick. Once you've configured the vehicle you can search inventory or request a quote. A one-business-day turnaround guarantee is given.

Cons:
There doesn't seem to be a save feature that would allow you to save the configuration and come back to it at a later time (perhaps to run ongoing checks on availability for example). Collection of your personal information is not done on a secure page.

How to:

  • Configure a car
    Select your year and model from the drop down list then follow the steps to select style, colours and options.

  • Search for a new car
    Input your zip code and how far from your location to search for and select a dealer (25-500 miles). Then select a model and style. You will then see listings of this model and style at the selected dealership.

  • Search for a used car
    Input your zip code and distance to search from this location (5-150 miles) as well as the model, model year, maximum price and maximum mileage. You can re-sort the results by year, price and mileage. It's neat that you can compare the vehicles to each other from within the results (to a maximum of 3 vehicles).

  • Locate a dealer
    Input your zip code and the distance to search (25-500 miles).

  • Find recall information
    By registering for the MyGMLink service you can find recall information about your specific vehicle but you cannot find recall information on Cadillac vehicles overall on this site.


Overall Rating: 7/10E-Commerce Rating: 0/10
Automobiles by Chevrolet: Chevy cars, Trucks, SUVs and more
http://www.chevrolet.com/

A lively, colourful site that is modern but not loaded with gimmicky or flashy add ons. Good research site that covers the basics and has some additional goodies.

Pros:
Specifications are complete and you can easily find information on specific models. You can get a good overview of all the Chevy models available by clicking on the 'View Chevy Line-up' link in the left hand column. Alternatively you could choose which category of vehicle interests you from the list shown in the middle of the page (cars, trucks etc). There is a comparison tool for every model that allows you to compare your selected Chevy to two other vehicles either from Chevy or a different manufacturer. There is a good gallery, well-presented and complete specifications and an excellent safety section.

Cons:
There are no external reviews on the site nor is there any information on ownership costs or residual value.

How to:

  • Look at specific model information
    Click on the appropriate tab at the top of the page to select your category (cars, trucks, SUVs etc) and then click on the graphic for the vehicle you wish to select.

  • Compare with other cars
    Select your model year, style and trim level for the Chevrolet you wish to start the comparison with and then select up to two more vehicles (either use the pre-set values or choose new ones) to compare this vehicle to.


Overall Rating: 6/10E-Commerce Rating: 0/10
Automobiles by Chevrolet: Chevy cars, Trucks, SUVs and more
http://www.chevrolet.com/

A colourful, modern site that is still simple and easy to navigate. New and used inventories are online and dealers are quickly and easily located.

Pros:
This configurator is a winner - the white background and previous and next buttons at the top allow you to know exactly where you are in the process and how to get to the next step. A turnaround guarantee of one business day is given.

Cons:
There doesn't seem to be a save feature that would allow you to save the configuration and come back to it at a later time (perhaps to run ongoing checks on availability for example). Collection of your personal information is not done on a secure page.

How to:

  • Configure a car
    Select your year and model from the drop down list then enter your zip code and click on the Continue button. Then select trim level (if appropriate), colours and options. When you are done configuring your vehicle you can locate your vehicle on a dealer's lot, request a dealer's quote or compare your vehicle with other Chevies or competing vehicles.

  • Search for a new car
    In Step 1 indicate what year, model and style you are looking for. In Step 2 input your zip code or click on the city/state radio button. You'll be shown how many matching vehicles have been located at dealerships within your search area. It is a very cool search tool as it allows you to see window stickers on each vehicle complete with VIN.

  • Search for a used car
    Input your zip code and select the car age, make, model and price range you are interested in. You'll be shown a list that can be re-sorted by make, model, year, price, colour, mileage and distance from your location. Many of the vehicles listed will also have photos.

  • Locate a dealer
    Input your zip code in the box in the lower left hand area of the main page and click on the Find button.


Overall Rating: 7/10E-Commerce Rating: 0/10
Chrysler
http://www.chrysler.com/

I find this site a bit too flashy and wish that it did not use pop-up windows so much. This makes it difficult to provide you with direct links to various site functions and means that instead we must describe how to access different functions (tedious and prone to subjective interpretation). There is good research information on this site but it is not always that easy to find or access.

Pros:
The Chrysler site features the excellent Edmunds comparator that allows you to compare your selected Chrysler to up to 4 other vehicles. Another plus on the site is a good section on safety and security for each model.

Cons:
On the negative side there is no overview that allows you to see all the Chrysler vehicles at once so you can choose which one is the right starting point for you. The photo gallery is rather paltry with only still images - no 360 degree views or videos. Specs are accessible under the compare function which is a bit cumbersome and there are no external reviews or long term ownership information (residual values for example).

How to:

  • Look at specific model information
    From the main page simply click on the model name that interests you across the top of the page.

  • Compare with other cars
    From the main page simply click on the model name that interests you across the top of the page. Then, on the next screen, click on the Compare Specs link in the left hand column.


Overall Rating: 5/10E-Commerce Rating: 0/10
Dodge
http://www.dodge.com/

This is a fairly good research site with simple navigation. To get started you could click on the See All Dodge Vehicles link at the top left of the page - as you hover over each vehicle you'll see its starting MSRP.

Pros:
Specifications are complete and you can easily find information on specific models. The site features the excellent Edmunds comparator that allows you to compare your selected Dodge to up to 4 other vehicles. I like the clickable text within the specs that helps you understand what terms mean. Another plus on the site is a good section on safety and security for each model.

Cons:
The photo gallery is a bit disappointing with no 360 degree views. There are no links to external reviews nor are there any financial calculators or long term cost information.

How to:

  • Look at specific model information
    From the main page simply select the model you are interested in from the list on the left hand side of the page.

  • Compare with other cars
    From the main page select the model you are interested in from the list on the left hand side of the page. On the next screen click on the Compare Models link in the left hand column.


Overall Rating: 7/10E-Commerce Rating: 0/10
Ford Vehicles: Ford Vehicles Official Site: learn about Ford cars, trucks and SUVs
http://www.fordvehicles.com/

A good research site with a helpful overview of models available by selecting the All Cars & Minivans link under the Cars & Minivans heading. The way each vehicle is presented is innovative, integrated and very user-friendly.

Pros:
Specifications are complete and you can easily find information on specific models. I like the way information on each model is presented with tabs across the top for the various categories of information. The comparison tool is a good one with the ability to compare your selected Ford to 3 other vehicles. The gallery is okay with still photos and 360 degree views.

Cons:
In the comparison screen you are not shown the price of the Ford you have selected or other vehicles available in the selection process - this makes it hard to choose similar vehicles.

How to:


Overall Rating: 5/10E-Commerce Rating: 0/10
GMC
http://www.gmc.com/

Note that this review deals only with this site from a research point of view. If you are looking to configure or search for a new or used GMC vehicle see our review of the GM BuyPower site at 31400.htm#100 URL to come.

The site is well designed along the same line as other GM branded sites. You can access lots of information right from the main page without too much digging around and navigation is straightforward. The site has an eye-pleasing colour scheme.

Pros:
Specifications are complete and you can easily find information on specific models. You get a good overview of the price and feature range of the various models by clicking on the View All Vehicles link underneath the Vehicle Line-Up heading on the far left. Once within this feature you can view the entire line up of GMC vehicles by body style, MSRP, horsepower, towing capacity and seating. Very helpful! The comparison tool allows you to compare your selected GMC vehicle to 2 other competing brands and the comparisons are shown very effectively. The photo gallery is good with lots of still photos of inside and out and 360 degree views of both inside and outside the vehicle chosen.

Cons:
There are no external reviews available and no information on residual values or total cost of ownership.

How to:


Overall Rating: 8/10E-Commerce Rating: 0/10
One of our Favorites!Honda Cars - New and Certified Used Cars from American Honda
http://automobiles.honda.com/

An easy to use site with a tasteful use of colours and simple navigation. You could get started by clicking on the All Models link near the bottom of the list of links under the Models heading on the right hand side. Despite trying several different browsers on a cable connection the site seems sluggish and erratic in function.

Pros:
Specifications are complete and you can easily find information on specific models. The car comparison tool is a good one that allows you to compare your selected Honda to 2 or more other competing vehicles.

Cons:
There are no external reviews listed and the gallery is not very exciting with only still photos and no 360 degree views. There is no information on residual values or long term ownership costs.

How to:

  • Look at specific model information
    Simply click on the model you want to learn more about in the column on the right hand side of the page.

  • Compare with other cars
    Select the Honda you wish to compare against and on the next page select the trim level you are interested in and click on Next Step. Then select a competing vehicle (by clicking on the Custom Make & Model tab) and click on the Compare Vehicles button.


Overall Rating: 6/10E-Commerce Rating: 0/10
Hummer
http://www.hummer.com/

With only 4 models to choose from it's not surprising this site is fairly sparse in terms of design and links. Could certainly live without the slow loading graphics however. The site is not overwhelming from a research point of view but the basics are covered.

Pros:
Specifications are complete and I like the clickable text that explain terms like 'departure angle'. The gallery is extensive with 360 degree views, movies, desktop patterns, screensavers and more. There are lots of extras on the site that arguably have nothing to do with car buying or research but they are fun - things like Hummer commercials for example.

Cons:
The comparison link only shows you one Hummer compared to another - this is too bad as it would be interesting to see the Hummer compared to a competing SUV or perhaps to a tank! No inventory online nor links to external reviews.

How to:


Overall Rating: 7/10E-Commerce Rating: 0/10
Hyundai Motor America - Hyundai USA Homepage
http://www.hyundaiusa.com/

A perfectly okay site with pleasant images, effective design and easy navigation. You could get started by clicking on the Vehicle Lineup link under the Vehicles heading in the top left hand corner of the page - this will show you the various styles of Hyundai vehicles available and their pricing.

Pros:
Specifications are complete and you can easily find information on specific models. The comparison tool allows you to compare your selected Hyundai to any other vehicle (or pick from some preselected competitors). You can compare a maximum of three cars to the Hyundai. The gallery is well-done with 360 degree views, wallpaper, screensavers, still photos and even e-cards. There is a good safety section that explains features like Electronic Stability Control.

Cons:
There are no external reviews nor is there any information on residual values or long term costs of ownership.

How to:


Overall Rating: 6/10E-Commerce Rating: 0/10
Infiniti
http://www.infiniti.com/

A rather stark site with an awful lot of white. Get started by selecting the Model Overview link in the Navigation bar in the top right hand corner of the page. Unfortunately this overview doesn't show you pricing information on the various models.

Pros:
Specifications are complete and you can easily find information on specific models. The gallery is good with photos, 360 degree views and video clips of Infiniti commercials. The comparison tool allows you to compare your selected Infiniti to up to 3 competitors. Excerpts are shown of external reviews.

Cons:
There are no links provided to external reviews so you cannot read the whole article for yourself. The model overview page doesn't have pricing information. There is no information on residual values or long term ownership costs.

How to:

  • Look at specific model information
    From the main page simply choose the model you are interested in from the list across the top of the page.

  • Compare with other cars
    Select a model from the headings across the top of the page and then click on the Compare link (near the bottom of the column of links on the right hand side of the page).


Overall Rating: 3/10E-Commerce Rating: 0/10
ISUZU
http://www.isuzu.com/

An attractive site with good use of colour and images without being overdone. Navigation is simple and intuitive. Unfortunately there is no model overview available to get you started choosing which Isuzu is right for you.

Pros:
Specifications are complete and you can easily find information on specific models. There is an interesting safety section available on each model with clickable points on an image that highlights the various safety enhancements of that model. There are external reviews available in their entirety but strangely they are under the Help heading (accessible from the main page) and are not linked to individual models but simply presented in a long list.

Cons:
Specifications are not presented very elegantly and the comparison tool is very limited only allowing you to compare your chosen Isuzu to a single competing vehicle which has been pre-selected (there are only about 6 vehicles to compare to and you only see 12 comparison points). The gallery is quite limited.

How to:

  • Look at specific model information
    From the main page simply hover over the Vehicles heading on the far left and then select which of the 4 models you wish to learn more about to the right of this heading.

  • Compare with other cars
    After selecting a model hover over the Comparisons link and select the Competitors link.


Overall Rating: 5/10E-Commerce Rating: 0/10
Jaguar US
http://www.jaguarusa.com/us/en/home.htm

An average site that really doesn't, in my opinion, reflect the elegance and style of the cars it represents. You can get a good overview of the models and pricing offered on the main page where they are listed with a decent sized graphic and pricing information.

Pros:
Specifications are complete and you can easily find information on specific models. You can find 360 degree views of a kind in the interior and exterior section under each model. They are a bit hard to get used to - as you move the cursor on high magnification the picture is blurred and then redraws - but the approach works. The Quality link is quite interesting and contains some interesting reports on Jaguar's manufacturing process and ranking in the industry as a whole.

Cons:
There is no comparison tool on this site and there are no reviews.

How to:


Overall Rating: 7/10E-Commerce Rating: 0/10
Jeep
http://www.jeep.com/

I like how the Jeep site carries the exploration and outback tradition throughout its site with its use of colours, graphics and borders. It is a little bit different and gives the site some personality. Overall this is a good research site.

Pros:
Specifications are complete and you can easily find information on specific models. From the main page hover over the different graphics to see starting MSRP. On the specs page you can click on the text in the left hand column for information on what various terms mean. The gallery contains stills and videos for most models. The comparison tool is the excellent Edmunds version which allows you to compare up to 4 competing vehicles to your selected Jeep.

Cons:
It's diappointing there are no 360 degree views in the gallery. Also missing are external reviews and information on residual values and total ownership costs.

How to:


Overall Rating: 5/10E-Commerce Rating: 0/10
Kia Motors America
http://www.kia.com/index.php

A colourful yet simple and effective site. Get started by clicking on the Model Overview link at the bottom of the first set of links in the left hand column. This will show you basic styling and pricing information.

Pros:
Specifications are complete and you can easily find information on specific models. The gallery is good with 360 degree views, photos and videos. The accolades section is excellent with a very innovative approach to showing you reviews on various Kia models.

Cons:
The comparison tool only allows you to compare your given Kia to one of 7 pre-selected other vehicles - there is no option to choose your own to compare to. There is no information on residual values or long term ownership costs.

How to:


Overall Rating: 5/10E-Commerce Rating: 0/10
Land Rover US - Overview
http://www.landrover.com/us/en/vehicles/home.htm

A simply arranged but effective site that makes good use of colours and graphics. You can get a good idea of where to start by simply moving your mouse over the columns in the lower left hand area of the page - you'll see the price point and graphic for each of the three different models available.

Pros:
Specifications are complete and you can easily find information on specific models. The gallery is good with 360 degree views, stills and videos.

Cons:
There is no car comparison tool available on the site. Neither are there reviews, long term cost of ownership information or data on residual values.

How to:


Overall Rating: 9/10E-Commerce Rating: 0/10
One of our Favorites!Lexus Models
http://www.lexus.com/models/

Although the Lexus site is visually rather blah it has some good features for the car researcher. For example you could use the 'Which Lexus Fits My Budget' button on the lower left hand corner of the main screen to start your search for a Lexus that fits both your pocketbook and your preferences.

Pros:
Specifications are complete and you can easily find information on specific models. The site has a good comparison tool which allows you to compare 2 vehicles of your choice to your selected Lexus. The gallery is extensive with stills, 360 degree views, wallpaper, videos and screensavers. Each model has an excellent safety section and the Awards & Accolades link will let you read the entire article reviewing a specific Lexus model.

Cons:
The only quibble I would have is that there is no information on residual value or long term costs of ownership. However this is a minor criticism of a very good overall site.

How to:

  • Look at specific model information
    From the main page simply click on the graphic of the model you are interested in. On the next screen simply click on the Specifications link.

  • Compare with other cars
    From the main page simply click on the graphic of the model you are interested in. On the next screen simply click on the Vehicle Comparison link.


Overall Rating: 9/10E-Commerce Rating: 0/10
One of our Favorites!Mercedes-Benz, Home of Mercedes-Benz Luxury Automobiles
http://www.mbusa.com/index.do

An elegant but to my mind somewhat dark site that functions somewhat sluggishly even on a cable connection. A great place to get started in your exploration of the Mercedes-Benz line up is to click on the Select a Model link on the main page. From this page you can see all the models with pricing information, body style, horsepower and the time it takes to go from 0-60 mph.

Pros:
Specifications are complete and you can easily find information on specific models. The car comparison tool allows you to compare your selected Mercedes-Benz to one other vehicle from any manufacturer. The gallery is good with excellent quality 360 degree views as well as still photos, videos and wallpaper.

Cons:
There are no reviews available on the site nor is there information on residual value or total cost of ownership.

How to:

  • Look at specific model information
    From the main page simply select a specific model by hovering over the Models link and moving your mouse over to the right to select a model.

  • Compare with other cars
    After selecting a model select the appropriate comparison link under the Compare Vehicles heading (top right hand corner of the page).


Overall Rating: 5/10E-Commerce Rating: 0/10
Mitsubishi Motors
http://www.mitsubishicars.com/

A simple rather monochromatic site that is adequate as a research site but not great. There is no way to get an overview of all Mitsubishi models other than hovering over the model names at the top of the page.

Pros:
Specifications are well-presented and the clickable text to explain possibly unfamiliar terms is helpful. The comparison tool allows you to compare your selected Mitsubishi to one other vehicle from any manufacturer.

Cons:
The gallery is poor with only matchbox sized still photos - no 360 degree views or videos. There are no external reviews, the safety section is rather abbreviated and it is definitely a drawback that there is no easy way to look at all the models available with pricing information so that you can make a beginning choice.

How to:

  • Look at specific model information
    From the main page simply hover over the model you are interested in across the top of the page and click on either the Model name or one of the links below it.

  • Compare with other cars
    After selecting a model click on the Compare link in the bottom left hand area of the page.


Overall Rating: 8/10E-Commerce Rating: 0/10
One of our Favorites!NissanUSA
http://www.nissanusa.com/

This is an okay site although the constant barrage of movies and fancy graphics leave me cold. To get started click on the Vehicles Line-Up underneath the Vehicles heading on the main page.

Pros:
Specifications are complete and you can easily find information on specific models. The gallery is good with 360 degree views, photos and videos. I really like that the comparison tool - which allows you to compare your selected Nissan to 3 other competitors - shows you MSRP on both the Nissan and the competing cars when you are selecting them. This is a GREAT help when you are trying to compare vehicles across manufacturers. Another neat feature is the 'XX Advantage' (where XX is the name of the model you've selected) which will appear beneath the model name of the competing vehicle - click on the 'XX Advantage' link and a pop up window will show you where the Nissan has the edge over the other vehicle.

Cons:
There are no external reviews on the Nissan site and no information on residual values or long term ownership costs.

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Overall Rating: 5/10E-Commerce Rating: 0/10
New Cars by Pontiac
http://www.pontiac.com/

Note that this review deals only with the research capabilities of the Pontiac site. If you wish to configure a Pontiac, search for a new Pontiac on a dealer's lot or look for a used Pontiac access the GM BuyPower site at 31400.htm#XX.

The Pontiac site, like others in the GM family is simply laid out and fun to poke around in. It is colourful and interesting without being laden with bandwidth gobbling graphics and extras.To get started click on the View All Pontiacs heading on the main page (left hand column - last heading in white).

Pros:
The View All Pontiacs overview is very helpful allowing you to see your options in terms of MSRP, horsepower, body type, seating and - most impressively in my mind - by fuel economy (labelled EPA). The specifications are well done with clickable links to help you understand unfamiliar terms. The comparison tool allows you to compare your selected Pontiac to 2 other vehicles.

Cons:
There are no links to external reviews nor is there any information on residual value or long term costs of ownership.

How to:

  • Look at specific model information
    From the main page simply click on the model you are interested in (left hand column, white text).

  • Compare with other cars
    Select your Pontiac (year, model and style and click on Compare this Vehicle - then add up to 2 more competing vehicles by clicking on the Add vehicle button at the top of each column.


Overall Rating: 3/10E-Commerce Rating: 0/10
Porsche
http://www.porsche.com/usa/

The Porsche site is elegantly simple and easy to use. To get started click on the Compare Models button on the main page - this will show you all the Porsche models by MSRP, horsepower, top track speed, acceleration and fuel consumption.

Pros:
Specifications are very nicely presented in a box that doesn't require scrolling up and down and with clickable text that explains unfamiliar terms. The gallery is extensive with still shots, wallpaper, screensavers, films and even postcards.

Cons:
Strangely there are no 360 degree views in the gallery. There is no car comparison tool on the Porsche site nor are there external reviews, residual value data or information on long term ownership costs.

How to:

  • Look at specific model information
    On the main page hover over the Models link and simply move your mouse to the right until you reach the model and trim level you are interested in.


Overall Rating: 6/10E-Commerce Rating: 0/10
Saturn Automobile - New Saturn
http://www.saturn.com/saturn/Saturnindex.jsp

A pleasant, simple, easy to use site that I felt could use a little more colour - it is rather anemic. To get started click on the all models link under the Vehicles heading on the main page.

Pros:
The overview will help you decide which Saturn might be right for you as it shows MSRP, fuel economy, seating information and type of drive train. The gallery is good with still photos and wallpaper - you can see 360 degree views in the overview. The car comparison tool allows you to compare your chosen Saturn with up to 3 other vehicles from any other manufacturer.

Cons:
Specifications are very skimpy indeed on the Saturn site. There are no external reviews nor is there any information on residual values or long term ownership costs.

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Overall Rating: 7/10E-Commerce Rating: 0/10
Subaru
http://www.subaru.com/

An average site with a bit too much dark background for my liking. To get started on your search for the right Subaru for you click on the All Models link on the left hand side of the page. This will allow you to see pricing and other basic information on the Subaru line-up.

Pros:
Specifications are complete and you can easily find information on specific models. The comparison tool allows you to compare your selected Subaru to 2 other competitors from any other manufacturers. The Subaru advantages tab is useful for giving you a quick overview of where the Subaru rates better than the other cars you've selected. The gallery is okay with still photos and 360 degree views.

Cons:
The 360 degree views could be a bit larger and a zoom in feature would be helpful. There are no external reviews nor residual value or total cost of ownership information.

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Overall Rating: 7/10E-Commerce Rating: 0/10
American Suzuki Motor Corporation
http://www.suzukiauto.com/

A visually busy site with an unasked for soundtrack that plays on entry (grrr!). The main page shows all the vehicles and as you hover over them you'll see pricing and seating information - it's not the easiest way to decide which Suzuki fits you best but it's not too bad.

Pros:
Specifications are complete and you can easily find information on specific models. You can compare your selected Suzuki with up to 2 competing vehicles from any manufacturer. The gallery is good with 360 degree views, videos and commercials. Full text of external reviews are included which is great.

Cons:
I don't like the way the specifications are presented in a long list - makes it very difficult to find exactly what you are looking for. There is no information on residual values or long term ownership costs.

How to:

  • Look at specific model information
    From the main page simply click on the graphic of the vehicle you are intersted in and then select the appropriate trim level.

  • Compare with other cars
    Select your Suzuki in the left hand side of the box, click on the Continue button and then choose your competing vehicles (to a maximum of 2).


Overall Rating: 6/10E-Commerce Rating: 0/10
Toyota.com
http://www.toyota.com/

This stylish and elegant site is easy to navigate and use. To get started click on the View All Cars link under the Cars heading on the main page. This will allow you to look at all Toyota vehicles sorted by MSRP, miles per gallon and passenger seating.

Pros:
Specifications are complete and well-presented. The gallery is good with 360 degree views and nifty feature demos that allow you to see things like the convertible power top in action. The car comparison tool allows you to comapre your chosen Toyota to up to 3 other competitors from any manufacturer.

Cons:
No prices are shown for either your selected Toyota or other vehicles in the selection process in the car comparison tool - this makes it hard to choose similarly equipped cars. There are no external reviews nor is there any information on residual values or long term ownership costs.

How to:

  • Look at specific model information
    From the main page simply choose your model of interest from the headings across the top of the page.

  • Compare with other cars
    Click on the graphic of the model you are interested in and select trim level on the next page. Then add 1 to 3 competing vehicles.


Overall Rating: 7/10E-Commerce Rating: 0/10
Volkswagen
http://www.vw.com/

Volkswagen manages to keep on my good side by using geegaws like pop up graphics and animation sparingly so that they accentuate the site rather than overwhelm you. A good way to get started is by clicking on the models button on the main page and then clicking on the Model Chooser tab on the next screen - this will allow you to put in your body style, engine, drive and transmission requirements and see which models are available with these criteria and at what price.

Pros:
Although the online specs seem a bit skimpy a full set is available for download and the innovative 'hotspot' method of highlighting especially interesting or good VW characteristics is informative. The gallery is good with 360 degree views, stills and videos and commercials. The car comparison tool allows you to compare your selected VW to one other competing vehicle from any manufacturer. There are excerpts from external reviews AND links to the entire review on the original site - very helpful.

Cons:
In the comparison selection screen you are not shown the price of the VW you have selected nor of the other cars you might compare to - this would be helpful to let you compare similar vehicles. There is no information on residual value or long term costs of ownership.

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Overall Rating: 5/10E-Commerce Rating: 0/10
www.volvocars.us
http://www.volvocars.us/

A dull site that seems to have fancy web geegaws to impress rather than doing anything useful. The site has also always seemed sluggish to me and during this review was no exception. You can get started by clicking on the Volvo Vehicles link under the Volvo Vehicles heading on the main page. This is not terribly helpful but as you hover over the models you'll see their starting MSRP in the box on the right of the page.

Pros:
Specifications are complete and you can easily find information on specific models. The car comparison tool uses MSN Autos (which is okay but just the only manufacturer that I've come across that does so). You can compare your selected Volvo to up to 3 other vehicles from any manufacturer.

Cons:
I don't like the Volvo gallery - it is sluggish and although it includes wallpaper and stills there are no 360 degree views. The comparison tool could benefit from having pricing information included in the selection screens so that you can compare similar vehicles. There are no external reviews, information on residual values or long term ownership cost data.

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