I researched this purchase extensively. It's by far the best SUV for the $. Safety was my #1 priority. "Rear visibility" (a passive safety feature) is the best of any SUV on the market as is the drive-ability of this SUV (great turning radius). The new engine is great and the vehicle is affordable. The Premium w/All Weather Package is the best value (<$24k++). It packs all the most important and safety technology. It rides like a car and looks unique. Time will tell but so far it is proving to be a very wise purchase. I found each SUV I looked at had it's pro's / con's but in the final analysis of various data points it wasn't even close. I also get a lot of compliments on it.
Rear visibility 5 Star Crash scores INCLUDING the important roof strength test (many competitors did poorly). Huge sunroof Handling A solid AWD system. Uniqueness. All new engine (in the '11) runs well and uses a timing chain. Heated seats w/ALL WEATHER PKG. (a must & you don't have to buy leather
Improve the MPG Upgrade the 4sp Auto Transmission to a more modern, lower revving 5 or 6 speed. Lessen the wind noise noticeable at speed. Boxer engine needs to warm up when cold, a little rough but only takes a minute. Takes Synthetic Oil- good for the engine but oil changes will cost about $60!
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