I am soon to be getting rid of mine, but it has had a darn good run. 153k and still strong. The steering feel as accurate and good as it is with the power steering. It handles great in turns... once you get used to it, it won't tip over, the tires lose traction way before that happens (been there done that). I wouldn't call this car quick, but with the five speed, it ain't bad... runs over zx2s and neons in third gear. It does sit up high, so it gets blown around A LOT on the highway. No major things have gone wrong with mine, just had to replace the water pump, but it was a slow death, so not bad. Edmund's has terrible prices for these. In the MidWst they are about $4K dealer w/good mileage.
Gas mileage great for the utility of it, and handles way better than any Ford Explorer, super aluminum engine.
Nicer interior, more grunt in low end, leg room/seats for taller drivers, limited slip diff, cargo room.