All-in-all, a great little car which I recommend highly to others
No problems yet.
Power with non-turbo engine is acceptable. Have towed over 1500 lbs easily though hilly terrain.
Fuel economy is 26 mpg on highway at 70-75 mph, 24 mpg in typical commuter driving.
Frameless windows are well sealed, actually quieter than other cars I test drove with framed windows.
Car has unique combination of excellent ground clearance AND a low center of gravity. Handling is wonderful. Doesn't have the swaying typical of many taller SUVs.
Limited version is very well equipped, with leather, heated seats, heated mirrors, heated windshield, 2 sunroofs, security system, 6 disc CD, 4 wheel disk brakes, radio weather channel, auto dimming rear view mirror with compass and outside temp gauge.
I'm very, very pleased with the vehicle, but there are a few things that could be better. Neither my wife (130 lbs) or me (220 lbs) find the seats comfortable for long trips (over 4 hours) although they're fine for shorter trips. Don't care for the cruise control design where a separate button on the dash has to be pressed every time the car is started to activate the cruise. Oil drain plug must be tightened much more than other designs or it will leak. It uses a 'loose' metal o-ring which is easily lost, which will also result in an oil leak. Every other vehicle I've owned in the past 25 years had a 'captured' washer, which I feel is a much better design.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 10th July, 2005