Fun to drive, handles well suprisingly roomy inside. Underpowered on highway, but economy is good tradeoff, never less than 19 MPG to 24 highway. Reliable - 140,000 miles & still going strong. Only garage work required was AC Fan (AC has been somewhat of a pronblem since); oil leak repaired. OEM Uniroyal tigerpaws ran 130,000 miles - first brake job needed at 136,000! Great in the snow! Seats uncomfortable for over 1 hr drives, strong winds at highway speeds affect handling. Drove hard 125 miles a day for 1 1/2 yrs over 2 winters, 4WD made slippery roads very manageable. 4WD, CD, cruise, ABS, power windows Oh my! Great hunting/fishing SUV, pulls 20' boat easily for under 20 mile trip.
Fun to drive. Great sounding CD, 4WD handles well in snow, ice & mud. Nimble, easy to park, mechanically sound and reliable. Solid feel, good view of road. Easy to back.
More powerful engine (if you don't have to sacrifice fuel economy). More comfortable seats. Redesign rear headrests, I removed them - now have great rear vision.