Picked this car over the Toyota Venza and Subaru Outback. It has distinctive exterior styling and nice attention to detail with interior. Good handling, quiet ride, very decent power. Total rear cargo bay area less than main competition but is versatile. Rear visibility is quite poor, however, it takes getting used to heavy reliance on side mirrors. Rearview is at its worst at night because of the tinted glass of hatchback door. Car is questionably safe backing up without optional backup sensors and rearview camera that is part of navigation unit. Prospective buyers beware that nav/rearview camera is factory install only and cannot be retrofitted to the vehicle because of dash configuration.
Sits up high but not as high as an SUV and has very stable, smooth ride. Quality construction overall.
At a minimum, backup sensors should be factory standard on all models to allow for safe management of poor rear visibility. A rear-view camera should also be available as a dealer accessory, as nav/camera unit is factory install only, not retrofit, because of dash configuration.