Aside from a few bumps along the way, I have always enjoyed this car. Some warranty repairs needed, but my out of pocket for repairs has been minimal (< $400 over 4 years). Great power and towing capacity (for a unibody). Tremendously sure footed in all driving conditions. Better in winter than a 4x4 pickup. Very comfortable on long trips and 23-24 mpg on the interstates. Was planning on a new 2009 or 2010 version but they discontinued the model so I'll be driving this one til the wheels come off. Only disconcerting issue was a change in alignment specs that made it necessary to purchase replacement components to permit alignment to the new specs (would have met old specs OK).
Power and handling. Acceleration for merging is primo. With AWD and stability control, it is hard to make it break loose in a turn even under acceleration. Lots of room and very comfortable for trips. Tows a 3000 lb trailer with no effort.
Brighter dash lighting for bright sun conditions. More aggressive addressing of TSB described conditions without owner cost. Bring back this body style and also offer a common rail diesel option like the european version.
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