Amazing all around car
Rear tire sidewall - noticed a fairly large crack in it. Dealer installed a new tire free of charge under warranty.
First problem; WHY OH WHY couldn't they have made a manual transmission option!?
The only complaint I have about this car is the engine and tranny setup is very refined, and not sport tuned. It feels way too similar to the 10' Taurus SE. It still has plenty of pep though, and has great acceleration, but could do with a sport mode transmission option like most sporty sedans these days.
The suspension is my favorite feature; it feels very stiff and sporty, but it still produces a comfortable ride. It does not feel like a 3800+lb car at all. I owned a 3000GT, and it handles a lot better, but has less power. AWD is amazing in all driving conditions. I live in Toronto, so I've seen snow and heavy rain; no problems on highways with good winter tread.
Gas mileage is OK for an AWD car; probably a little less than a 2.5L Impreza. And a considerably less than a Mazdaspeed6 AWD 2.3L turbo.
But it burns 87 octane, so can't complain there. Averaging about 21MPG; mostly city though.
Oh yeah, and the engine bay is RAMMED, so doing maintenance yourself will take longer than most cars out there.
Leather seats are extremely comfy and supportive.
The 12 speaker sound system sounds great, but I will be installing a custom subwoofer in the trunk to add more bass.
There's a reason why this won car of the year in 2010; it's really an amazing car to own. Lots of room, sporty and great ride quality.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 21st June, 2010