I purchased this car in December of 2010 and now have about 5,000 miles on it.
My wife wanted it mainly to haul her dogs and for trips back and forth to the cabin.
For both purposes it is a good car; lots of cargo capacity (as much as an Outback), nice hatch opening and the seats lay flat (unlike the new Chevy Equinox).
For dirt roads and bad weather the AWD is great, plus the car has the clearance of an SUV without the sub-20 mpg.
On average, we get about 23.5 mpg in mixed driving.
Oddly, it never gets over 24 on the highway, but we've only owned it in colder months and with lots of ethanol in the gasoline.
The seats are comfortable, it handles great, looks great and is powerful
Looks, AWD, power, handling, seats, cargo capacity, clearance, snow driving, not an SUV, not too bad on gas for what it is, ride is a little stiff but fine, lots of legroom front and rear
Toyota seriously needs to reconsider how they are designing interiors.
The car has 10 ill fitting panels that make up the dashboard.
They just make you want to take out a screwdriver to see what is underneath.
Same was true of 10 others I looked at on the lot.
Poor interior lighting in the back, tough to remove floormats (guess why), slightly inconvenient dash layout, the seat frame metal sticks out like it belongs on a backhoe.
If you like hard plastic, you are a Toyota person.
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