Really comfy car; nice all-around; nice mixture of everything. Just noticing the hesitation everyone is talking about but doesn't seem like a HUGE deal to me. I have the black and chromed the 18s and it looks a lot more sporty--not so "grocery getter" like. Front seat a little short? Wish the base stereo was a little nicer (ML didn't sound much better when I listened--at least not for the money). A sub would be nice. Some body roll in turns, but nothing that's bothersome. I came from a Sport Trac, so that might have to do with it. The headlights do seem to cut off, but they are nice. AFS seems cool--but not sure if it's really ground-breaking in usefulness. Like it more than anticipated.
Exterior appearance, chrome rims, interior logical layout--lots of things to incorporate, but doesn't look cluttered. Seat heaters work well. LOVE the rear seat room and reclining seats. Fuel economy is solid for class. Just right size. Pretty much everything really and I'm generally PICKY.
Transmission--isn't a make or break issue for me, but still. better base stereo. More usable cargo area, but not at expense of size. Sturdier feeling armrests. Better exterior paint integrity? Sat radio option. Clearcoat the black!