My Suzuki Vitara has been wonderful. It handles easily, is truly economical to drive, and doesn't embarrass the kids. Too bad Suzuki discontinued the model, or I'd be trading it in for a newer one. It also has a pretty decent sound system in it, which I found to be a plus as soon as I started taking longer road trips. It even has nice safety features.
The small size makes it easy to park, gives it nice fuel economy, and great maneuverability in traffic. The power switch on the transmission helps negotiate the winding hilly roads in our area. It has great cargo space.
It needs a bit more legroom in the back seat - now that my kids are in their teens, it is becoming a real problem. Floor mats would have been nice, as well as roof racks to go on the provided rails. Also, the door handles seem to be a little cheaply made. I've replaced mine once already and need to again.
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