The car is fun to drive, AWD 4motion is amazing, and it does deliver fantastic MPG vs other models released the same year.
Here's the issue. Read all other reviews, It's a maintenance lemon! Below I've listed the problems occurred after owning my car for 3 years (2009 - 2012, 54k - 96k miles)
1) Timing belt replaced - $320
2) 2 Coil packs - $240
3) Oil sludge recall - covered fortunately
4) 3 CV boots - $750
5) Oil Cooler failure - $1,600
6) 2 front axles - $360
7) 2 Cylinder Oxygen Sensors - $400
8) Clutch - $800
9) Fuel pump - $800
10) 4 tires - $450
11) 4 brake pads, calipers, rotors - $600
Total repair costs = $6,320
not including routine oil change, tire balancing, etc: $400/year
The best features include:
-great MPG (average 25 mpg mixed city/highway)
-turbo offers great acceleration
-AWD 4motion delivers outstanding traction and handling
-heated front seats great in winter
-audio system above average
-Reliability!!! Problem occurs every 3-6 months after 50k miles.
-Engine design: Very difficult to make repairs yourself.
-Too many recalls
-Does not retain high Kelly Blue Book value
-Costs for yearly maintenance/repair way above average.
-Owned 5 separate vehicles and this gets my lowest value rating.
-Would not recommend to friends/family