70,000 mile review from the Pioneer Mtns
November 1, 2018
No mechanical or electrical problems so far. Fuel economy 22-28 mpg at highway speeds, 300 miles for sure on a tank of gas.
Wet road and snow traction is excellent with General Altimax Arctic or Hankook Ipike tires. Switched to Subaru 16? steel wheels, 16x6.5, these are spare tire wheels for year 2012 or older.
Good low speed acceleration, acceptable highway passing power.
Steering wheel adjusts up/down and in/out which is helpful. Good brakes. Good visibility from inside to outside.
Nice heavy duty floor mats, much better than aftermarket.
For first 11,000 miles, switched to 5w-30 conventional oil with oil changes every 3k miles. I saved the oil and filter and reinstalled in the car after 11,000 miles. At this point switched back to 0w-20 full synthetic oil. Current oil consumption is less than 1 quart between 6000+ mile oil changes. Fine print in manual said 5w-30 was ok.
Interior heater / defroster when below freezing best to let the car warm up for at least 10 minutes so windshield can defrost. Seat covers stain easy, clean-up water stains them too.
Delay of vehicle movement shifting from forward to reverse or back, have to plan for this lag time.