I could drive this vehicle, and this vehicle only for the rest of my life and be happy!
Occasional rough idle issue when cold (never dies, just drops down to 300 RPM then jumps back up again once or twice) ; took to dealer to diagnose and they "could not reproduce the problem". Typical cop-out, but I am not concerned because it never fully dies.
Intermittent problem with interior light not coming on, or turning off before I have exited the vehicle (it automatically illuminates when the key is removed from the ignition). Light will not come on when the doors open. I have checked the dome-light override, that is not the problem. Some string of programming was not checked out properly or something...
Other intermittent computer "glitches" but nothing that affects drive-ability/usability. For example, it started to single-honk when I would lock the doors at one point in time (which is a programmable feature) but I DID NOT program it to do this. Then, without me changing the programming it stopped. There have been a few similar oddities with the computer-controlled systems, but like I said NOTHING that has affected drive-ability/usability at all!
Front wheels were out of alignment from the factory. Easy fix, but I was irritated to hear from the alignment shop that this is a common theme.
4 door crew-cab, with plenty of room in the back seat. The bed is small, but ample for average Joe's needs.
Excellent fuel economy from the 4 cylinder, 23 city 30 highway. It is a tad underpowered, but with the standard trans down shift can be quick and speed can be brought up to where needed. I probably would not want an automatic version of this vehicle.
Reliability has been outstanding; the vehicle has NEVER let me down so far, and I have driven it up and down the Alaska highway, and down to CA from WA several times. It is roomy enough for cross-country, but compact enough to make driving/parking in Seattle easy. Perfect balance between stuffed-clown-car and behemoth-gas-guzzler!
I will never purchase a truck without 4 doors again, this vehicle meets the needs of having a small sedan AND having a small pickup to haul cargo.
The back seat is uncomfortable for most adult passengers for longer rides due to the angle of the seat; there is NO recline (almost a perfect 90 deg.). Decent leg-room, though, unlike most extended cab trucks.
I was a little disappointed in the max trailer weight of 1000 pounds, but with the weight of a 4 door cab combined with a 4 cylinder engine you can't ask for much more.
Overall, this has been an excellent vehicle that meets fuel economy needs, passenger capacity needs (5 normal adults), cargo needs, and you can even pull a small trailer! I recommend this vehicle to everyone who asks! Watch for updates to this article as a rack up the miles!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 1st July, 2008