This car replaced a 1993 Sable, so virtually any car would have been an improvement. For over 8 years this car has been without any problems. We just do regular maintenance (we do use synthetic oil and transmission fluid) and we've been rewarded with flawless reliability. It does have some clunking due to the strut mounts but not enough to bother us. It returns about 24 mpg in town and 31 mpg highway. It has a very quiet ride unless the road is extremely rough. It has 126k miles and on start up it does blow out blue smoke which quickly clears up. It might use a couple quarts over a years time just topping it off. I use Amsoil and change the oil and filter once a year. A great car!
It has a very smooth and quiet ride. Gas mileage is a plus, and the power windows work well. The car has a feeling of solidity that my Accord lacks. The engineers designed this car to be easy to work on which helps me a great deal. Good car for a busy person who doesn't need car issues.
The headlights are plastic and glaze over (Meguiar's Plastx works well for this) after a few years. The suspension could be firmer as the car almost wallows at times but the smooth ride is a fair trade-off. The differential is difficult to work on. On the whole, not much room for improvement!