After following Edmunds reviews I finally decided to purchase the 2002 model with all options included. The car is reasonably well built but has its limits. The engine starting process is rather loud to compare with idle. Steering wheel leather deteriorated quickly. Instead of road noise, the wheels/tires seem to produce constant unpleasant hiss. Two separate thermometers show outside temperature while the driver has no idea what the inside temp levels are. Sound system is good but with very limited adjustment possibilities. Radio often loses station in city driving and this downgrades the overall sound. Change of gears from 2nd to 3rd is late for 1 sec driving normally without kick-down.
Intelligent features - smart mirror lights, keyless entry, remote start, seat adjustments, rear seat controls, folding steering wheel. Turning radius made a pleasant surprise. Some rear zone adjustment are made available to the driver
While sound system controls are high-tech and easy to push, the other buttons come from a truck (snow/power switch, height adjustment, etc.). Visible cassette player together with touch sensitive navigation screen causes people to laugh. Poor heating for legroom. Improve steering wheel leather!
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