The steering, acceleration and braking are quite smooth. But on (rare) occasions when I truly stomp on the gas, there is a loud clunk/jolt from under the hood. Comfortable leather seats. Poor center console - you have to remove the top tray to get to anything toward the bottom. The visibility out the back window is poor between the tint and the elevated head rests. We have the reverse sensor and that has been quite helpful. I am averaging 17.3 mpg which is pretty disappointing. The AC is weak for truly hot days. I have to keep the AC on the coldest setting, with the fan maxed out to keep from sweating. Great legroom. Suspension / road noise are both OK but not great.
Very attractive exterior. Rivals the looks of the Lexus RX300 for a lot less cash. Drives nicely, dependable. Roomy. Solid sound system.
Improve AC, gas mileage, and work on interior appeal. Add power assist tailgate option for 2008. Add outdoor temperature gauge. Better arrangement for center console storage. A change drawer to the left of the steering wheel. Improve HVAC vents to the back seats.