I bought the Tracker because it was the
only GM model available locally with a
5-spd (I had GM$). The Tracker is not
refined, comfortable, not a very good
freeway car. It is fun to drive, great
on dirt and gravel roads, gets better
gas mileage than any SUV (24 avg), has
decent cargo space and is reliable
(check cons. rep.). It is much more
Jeep-like than the CRV or RAV, but with
GM$ and rebates it's about $5,000
cheaper. I chose the 5 speed 4cyl,
which drives like a late 80s Japanese
truck but feels rugged and is fun and
economical. With 4WD, PW, PDL and
cruise, I paid (after rebates) $14,500.
I've had it for a year now, and like it
more than when I first bought it.
A surprisingly fun and useful car. It's
gotten a bad rap from those comparing it
to more refined small SUV's, but if you
are looking for a good city or offroad
SUV it is certainly worth considering.
It is what it is - a cheap Japanese
truck-like SUV. Everything feels a
little less than solid. The engine
feels very dated and not smooth.