Bought this car as a family car when moving up north to snow country between the Catskills and Adirondacks. Has always performed to expectations. With the right tires -- the original Yoko Geolanders, or the replacement Goodyear Triple Treads -- it grips exceptionally well, handles nimbly, accelerates smoothly and rapidly. My mechanics say it's got the bones to reach over 300,000 miles. So far, w/ 119K miles, it's on the 4th set of tires and it's only needed regularly scheduled maintenance. Still looks and drives like a new car. Unless some dealer comes out with a similar SUV wagon that gets >33 MPG, this car will be maintained and driven as long as possible -- hopefully 14 more years.
Reliability! Acceleration and handling. Exceptional visibility. All-wheel drive that works well on sand, rocks and gravel, snow, rain and mud. >25 mpg highways, >20 mpg city!
Interior noise w/ highway driving takes getting used to -- like air is rushing in, but all is tight and warm inside. Cup holders are flimsy (redesigned in subsequent models.) Original Geolanders bald in 30 months! (Goodyear TripleTreads seem to be holding up well!). Tinny exhaust heat shields.