This is a 4-cyl, 6-spd, front wheel drive. Owned for 8 months, have put 15,500 miles on it. I've been stranded twice due to break-downs, both times requiring a tow back to the dealer. The transmission has major problems, leads to the starter shorted and burned off, and fit and finish is so poor that road dust gathers in the cabin.
The front wheel drive is fine on dry roads as long as you keep the traction control on. On wet or icy roads, the vehicle is down right dangerous. Without the traction control you slide all over the place, with the traction control the anti-spin engages and the vehicle will not move. All-wheel drive is obviously a most with this SUV.
The vehicle looks nice, and the back seats are roomy.
The engine is Chinese, and I really wanted to hate it, but it's probably the best part of the car.
If you are considering this vehicle because you want to support American jobs, I would pass. You're better off with any of the countless Japanese US built vehicles.
Fix the transmission. I don't understand how any component can be built this poorly with today's manufacturing processes.
Either fix the front-wheel drive traction control, or only sell the AWD option. As it, this car is dangerous.
If you had the LEA 4cyl (only 4cyl offered) then the engine was manufactured in Springhill, TN at the former Saturn facility. Nearly 700,000 engines built there last year.
If 6cyl then engine built either at St. Catherines, Ontario, Flint, MI, Ramos Arizpe, Mexico, or Melbourne, Australia.
The 4cyl transaxle was assembled in one of four plants, GMK(Korea), SGM(China), SLP(Mexico), TTO(Toledo), STC(St Catharines). Don't know if US market transmissions are assembled overseas. Will have to check.
The 6cyl transaxle was assembled in either Warren, MI and Ramos Arizpe, MX.
Please get facts correct before posting.
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