We now have 600+ miles on our loaded liftback. Both wife and I are impressed with it's comfort, handling and design. We have mostly stick-shift cars over last 35 yrs, including 3 ALFAS & a Ford Fiesta. This car is similar to the Fiesta, and gets thru the turns as good as the Alfas, maybe better. Have not pushed the engine or brakes yet, but appears they will do quite well. Only 1/2 way thru 2nd tank of gas; got 35.5 MPG on first tank. It gets lots of looks on the road.
Love the exterior and interior style. Can't miss this car on the road. All the interior storage is great. I am 6'3", 200 lbs and can sit "behind myself" in the backseat. We also easily transported both of our folding bikes with the rear seat down. A/C works great, and wife loves the upholstery.
Would suggest a rubber 'pad' to cover the "dead pedal" area (like out 4runner has) in order to reduce carpet wear.
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