Okay, when my Dad owned one in Silver I totally thought it looked like a toaster. He raved about it, so when the lease on my 2004 Grand Cherokee was up I thought what the heck (always been a Jeep girl) Test drove the Element and the CR-V and to be honest the CR-V was teeny inside, my husband is 6'5" and he has plenty of room, so do my two boys. I love the ease of a rubber floor with two kids and the special order stain proof fabric on my EX. But most of all Mommy loves cranking up the tunes on the killer stereo system. Super fun to drive & own. Better than any Jeep I have ever had, more fun to drive, better gas mileage and AWD if I ever need it!
Stereo system, comfort, very peppy engine, ease of maintenance all around (interior, exterior)
Get rid of the suicide doors, very bad with kids in crowded parking lots. Also make sunroof electric and add shade cover for sunroof. Hybrid model or improved gas mileage.
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