It is a great SUV
July 23, 2018
Ok. This car is strong, handles well, has enough power for passing, is not a gas guzzler, has plenty of cargo space, and more if you fold down the rear seats backs. I has not given me any problems since I bought it new in December 2010. It has had 2 recalls (wiper motor recalls, rear hatch supports and serpentine belt tension assembly) which were corrected promptly in a local dealership at no cost to me. The transmission can be manually shifted and for its weight and small engine size it accelerates reasonably fast. Now it has close to 80,000 miles in combined city and highway driving. The 100,000 mile warranty for the drivetrain is a plus.
Now for the things I don't like. It has a few blind spots that bother me, like when you are backing up to park or changing lanes. Also, I find the door -mounted rear view mirrors too large for the size of this car. It does not have a courtesy light or dome light for the rear seat area so if you are looking for a misplaced item in this area you need a flashlight. It is dark.
One of the key fobs lost its programming and the dealer charged $65.00 to reprogram it. It took less than 10 minutes to do this without using a scanner (which sometimes is needed). Less than 3 months after that, the same key fob lost its programming again. I called the dealer and complained but was told that this programming did not have a warranty. Seriously? I kept complaining and they reprogrammed BOTH keys free of charge. Later I found a video on YouTube on how to do it.
All in all, this model in good for running around town and also for extended trips.
TIP: change the oil every 6,000 miles using 0W-20 synthetic oil and you won't have engine problems.