This car needs less than a 4/10 rating for "quietness". When you drive down the highway, you expect to be able to still hear your passengers talking. Instead, you have to yell to have a conversation. Forget about being able to listen to music while driving on the highway. Frequent rest stops are needed on travels because the seats are so uncomfortable. This is not a vehicle meant for hwy driving, that's for sure.
AWD is nice to have in the winter. Stability control kicks in well when you need it. It's a good starter SUV to get you from point A to B, as long as you're not traveling long distances.