Best value in SUVs
Refreshing update to the previous styling - a muscular yet polished look (specially in black!). No minivan styling here!
Despite what other reviews might say, the V6 engine DOES have enough kick and is not loud. It does however, give a lusty growl when you talk to it with your right foot. It is quick off the line but should get out of the lower gears with more alacrity. Handling & braking are good for a SUV. Ride quality is very good with little or no body roll when cornering. Auto leveling HID lighting is quite effective. Mirror coverage is good (less blind areas).
Interior is nicely appointed with enough space for 4 plus a baby seat. Climate control does its job well. 7 speaker sound is very good.
Despite getting more than the EPA stated mileage figures, I hope to see improvements in engine/transmission management systems for better fuel economy. In addition, dual HID and more storage spaces (under seat, driver's side dash & trunk) should be considered to improve this vehicle.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 19th June, 2008