Safety first, versatile, efficient, fun urban ute
January 14, 2019
Highest safety ratings among cars we considered, with very well planned and executed interior designed for efficiency and versatility. We needed AWD and functionality as this car will be our primary winter car in an area with severe snow and ice in winter, and we also wanted something useful for ski outings. Sure footed, precise and solid road feel, and comfortable seating that converts into spacious fold-flat hauling rig with split 60-40 rear seat and fold-flat front passenger seat. Clean lines, compact and maneuverable for city use, but roomy and efficient for long road trips, and not too fussy with interior decor. Easy to keep clean, and room for our large dog to stand up in the back. Good head-room in front and rear seats for driving with a hat and well-designed seats provide lateral support and comfort without being overstuffed or confining. We love this car--it came with M&S all-season tires, which we upgraded to studless snow tires, so now it feels more solid in winter conditions than my other 4wd rig, and it gets much better mileage (over 33 mpg average).