I read every review I could find before I pulled the trigger on a used 2010 2LT with 12 ticks on the clock. I've owned it about 3 months now. As a lot of other buyers I came to know this car after ren...
I read every review I could find before I pulled the trigger on a used 2010 2LT with 12 ticks on the clock. I've owned it about 3 months now. As a lot of other buyers I came to know this car after renting one on a business trip. You'll find about 95% of the used ones on the market are former rentals.
Most complaints from other reviewers are justified but some of the reviews are just plain unfair. Generally speaking, the complaints are: small (yes), uncomfortable (somewhat), made from the cheapest materials (yes, especially the interior), bad handling (compared to a Corvette, yes), underpowered (4 cyl, yes), bad fuel economy (compared to what?), bad visibility (yes), not a solid feeling car (sure isn't), resale value (don't buy it new), overall bad quality (probably), and styling (an opinion at best). Styling is usually why people buy or don't buy this car. I bought it so there's one opinion on that! All of the other stuff should have been obvious to the buyers who totally trash this car after buying it. From this I must assume these buyers are lacking in their buying knowledge and/or experience.
I bought this car because above all I think it's exterior design is awesome. It is a totally functional car in that you can carry 4 people reasonably comfortably or a good bit of cargo with the fold flat rear seats. If you do load the car up with people or cargo don't try the hills in the passing lane or depend on a quick stop. My criteria was a car with a personality (styling) that I could carry my dog (or cargo)in and still get reasonable fuel economy. This car does all this admirably. I was well aware of the complaints beforehand. Of all of them, poor fuel economy is unfounded. Although I lost about 5 mpg from my trade, I'm still getting 28/32 with the 2.4 engine. The interior is ergonomically lacking but not unbearable. Remember, the styling of this thing comes from a 1949 Suburban. Lets do a review on that tank! Anyway, the dog loves it and so far I do also. As a cummuter I rarely have a chance to enjoy "performance" so average performance and handling is fine - and although the car isn't overly comfortable it isn't painful either. The only reason I wouldn't recommend it to a friend is that I worry about its reliability. I've spent many years avoiding GM like the plague and probably should be still. Given the country's current economic/job situation the whole "buy American" thing has hit home with me but in the end it is what it is - a cheaply built, stylish and functional GM product. Reliability remains to be seen - he says with fingers crossed! If you buy it - enjoy it. It is a fun ride if you don't expect sports car performance out of it.