Pros: The base model new car price is a great value with all the safety options. I have taken the car on a few 4x4 roads in the Yellowstone area in the summer, and the high clearance comes in handy. I...
Pros: The base model new car price is a great value with all the safety options. I have taken the car on a few 4x4 roads in the Yellowstone area in the summer, and the high clearance comes in handy. It’s like a two wheel drive SUV with a stiff suspension, but gets the MPG like a car. Speaking of MPG, It’s all over the map. I get between 25 and 45, with the average in the low 30s in the winter and mid to upper 30s in the summer, depending on driving conditions and gas quality. There is lots of room, and I camp in the back with the seats down if the weather is nasty. With aggressive tread snow tires in the front, I can get around in the mountains to do my skiing in pretty deep snow and the high clearance really helps. The car is built like a tank and you feel safe. You drop the hood down and it sounds solid, and the inside of the doors are solid and do not move in or out when pushing on them, unlike many other small cars. The sound system is really good for the base model. Visibility is good since you sit up higher than most cars, but it is a bit difficult to view out of the back while in reverse. Seats are comfortable if you like stiff seating, and there is heaps of room for tall people riding in the back seat. (More room than most small cars). Reliability is fine, and the 10 year warranty gives you a nice peace of mind knowing you will not have to soak any unexpected money into it. The car is underpowered a bit, but if you need speed for an on ramp, you can get it by hitting the gears at higher rpms. It’s fun to drive and looks great.
Cons: The engine is noisy at higher rpms. (The new 6 speeds should take care of this problem).
Conclusion: If you want a fast agile little sports car with good acceleration, then this base model is not for you. But if you want exceptional value, good quality, excellent safety (for a small car), dependability, practicality, fairly good MPG, durability, good looks, fun factor, reliability, with no future worries, then this car is for you!