This is by far the most practical car on the market. Its not a luxury car by any means, but it handles everything well. Interior is not that quiet, but it's an economy car... its fine on smooth roads and the engine can barely be heard once cruising... i drive at over 135 km's per hour on a regular basis and the car is fine. Only one complaint.. i live in denver now.. when climbing hills you can rarely get away with dropping one gear from 5th to 4th. You usually have to drop to 3rd to climb the big hills and the car sings like a sewing machine... no problems with it yet however.
The car has great ground clearance and has provided me access to areas in colorado that very few cars would ever be able to access as they don't have the ground clearance.
At 36 MPG you can't beat the gas mileage.
I have slept in this car on a regular basis as I am too lazy to setup my tent... fold down the front seat and use a foam pad and its fantastic!
Storage is great... lots of small compartments all around the vehicle for storing tools. jumper cables.pump.tie downs etc.
I can put my entire mountain bike in this car and I don't even have to take off the wheels. I have had 3 mountain bikes in the car with 3 passengers before.
The true test of this car will be its overall reliability... i am not the nicest to it however I do make sure to do regular oil changes and filter changes.
A little extra power in the form of torque would be nice for the mountains, but as long as you are not scared to rev the car it will do just fine.