I purchased this car after driving a Toyota Highlander for 5 years this car was a bit of a change for me that took awhile to get used to. We drive from LA north for 200 miles and back again frequently. We have found that this car is a delight to drive both in the city and the country where we need the 4 wheel drive. It zips around the city and really does climb the slippery muddy roads on our property. I feel very safe in all sorts of driving situations.
I have two favorite features: the tailgate is designed with simplicity in mind and it is truly fun to drive - oh one more favorite: The auxillary ability to run my ipod or XM radio directly to be played through the speakers.
A few complaints - the trailer hitch is a royal pain to deal with and is a big fault in the design and I feel that the second row seats should recline.