Better for milder climates?
February 14, 2019
Pros: I love the mileage spring through fall, but it drops 10-15+ mpg when temps are under 32°... 1/4 of the year in these parts...
Great head and leg room front & back seats.
Amazing cargo capacity if/when you need it.
Peppy if/when you need it.
Cons: Reduced winter mileage (26 to 30 mpg vs 42 to 50 spring through fall). My average mpg is 42.5.
Less than impressive heating system (I use a lap blanket even with heated seats)
Chronic rear latch open/close failure...dealer replaced it summer 2018 but same problem continues.
No 4WD/all wheel drive available.
Overall a decent ride, but definately not best for colder climates. Last year melting snow refroze overnight in the space between the rear roof end and the top of the rear hatch... the resulting ice blocked the rear hatch from opening until it melted and drained out of the gap. The hatch open and close failures were well established before this event.
I have visited the service department repeatedly and still the rear hatch does not open and close when the correct buttons are pressed.
I also need an all wheel or 4 wheel drive vehicle, and enough cabin heat to beat northern winter temps... ready to look for something else.