Responsive engine. Excellent passing power in the mountains. So much torque that it normally doesn't have to shift down to pass. Large moonroof (twice the size of a normal one). Great ground clearance for rough roads and snow. VDC (stability control) came on this model and provides extra measure of security. We live where there is lots of inclement weather. Versatile interior with lots of head room.
Engine performance. Stability in bad weather and windy conditions. All Wheel Drive is better than system on Honda Pilot. Easy to drive. Great visibility. Unique body doesn't look like every other generic, mainstream SUV.