Very smooth and the 5 speed transmission is better than the old 4 speed I had in my 2000. The interior upgrades are nice as is the adaptive steering. The 2003 is also quieter than the previous models. Gas mileage is not bad, but should be better. Otherwise a great vehicle for driving in all conditions.
Favorite of mine is the dead on steering. No wandering or sloppiness.
Better gas mileage, somewhat better power also would be nice.