Pros: "roomy, good price, uses regular gas, realible"
Cons: "4 cylinder engine is a little weak"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8
"I was looking to get out of an 07 VW Passat and wanted a small suv just to get back and forth to work. Dealer had several Captiva's on the lot and suggested I take it out for the day. It is the base Sport model and so far I really like it. First of all its a four cylinder. Yes, you have to floor it sometimes to merge into interstate traffic. Yes, it does get loud when you do this. But once merged, it drive fine, no more cabin noise than several other cars I have owned. Interior space is great. I am 6'2" and even with the power drivers seat at max height, I have headroom. Legroom is good, I drive with the seat almost all the way back and my rear passenger is not cramped. Split rear seat fold flat and there is plenty of cargo room, as much as the Equnox. Climate control knobs are big and round, nothing fancy but they work well. Entertainment has AM/FM, single cd and xm radio. Also has ipod plug in, and On Star. Hands free Bluetooth cell answering is easy to set up. Has three power ports and usb port. My car had less than 30,000 miles and I got it for less than $18,000, and its a 2014. Have read it looses its value quickly, will see but for now I am very happy with my little white(seems that it the rental fleets favorite color), soon to be black SUV."
Cons: "power pass door lock/ slight engine rev sound"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"After reading most bias and negative press reviews I never would've looked at one until I saw a dealer special online. Starting a small business around the time my car was dieing wasn't good timing and I needed a new car with warranty that's affordable that also doubles as a business car.
To my surprise all major press reviews are not right and are sadly bias leading people to loose out on a great deal. I wouldn't buy a base model captiva though as an LT or LTZ trim lines are then worth it for 2-3 grand more for a good price of under $18,000.
My black on black LTZ captiva has leather, sun roof, 10 speakers, auto start, remote, heated seats, leather, power everything, auto ac and back up sensors, bluetooth, usb, navigation, my link touch screen with apps, and onstar. The heating and cooling is quick. The handling of the captiva is great and feels like a car. It's ride is heavy and solid for a small SUV. It has black wood trim interior and the black on black feels like a lincoln town car or a limo service car. It's like a $30,000 loaded SUV for $17,000 which is such a great deal for people in this economy.
It's great on gas if you don't drive aggressive, and the eco mode prolongs the gears in downshifting so power isn't wasted. Eco mode in city driving works great and I only use a quarter a tank a week driving locally. The captiva has just enough and all the power you need. The transmission works quickly to power up highway on ramps when you need it but then is conservative in city driving. The torque is great for a 4cyl and there's a lot of power. Sometimes for my business I have to drop the rear seats and transport heavy things and it really handles well with the power. The captiva is a driver's SUV so you always want more power and I think people unfairly say it's under powered because they enjoy the handling. If it had a V6 it would probably be too much for it and wear out parts faster.
My only two complaints is a lack of a door lock/unlock button on the passenger door (remote key flob works fine) and if they used thicker sound deadening for engine revs on highway. It's not bad but average insulation and if done better it would almost make the captiva feel like a buick.
Overall the LTZ Captiva Sport fully loaded is beyond a steal for hard working americans. The higher trim lines allow for the same modern updates and tech that higher prices suvs have. The LTZ model also features more limo quality being a fleet model than the base model which is just for rentals. You could see and feel the difference in quality IMO. Everyone who sees it and rides in it can't believe what a great value it is."
Cons: "Reliability, small/too many buttons, dull drive"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8
"I was provided a 2014 captiva with 15,000 miles on it while my subaru forester was in the shop getting repaired due to an accident. Had the captiva for 4 days and could not wait to get rid of it.
Captiva looks nice and rides good - when it works. Kept running into instances where all of a sudden the transmission would drop into neutral, door locks would click on and off, and the engine light would come on. Tranny would re-engage after a bit but then repeat sometime down the road.
The next day i went out to start and it ran a bit rough, then died and would not start. Thinking battery died i went to jump start it but had to read the manual as i could not get access to positive terminal - uses a remote terminal which i had never seen before (and which mechanic said are worthless gimmicks). Got it started, but next day same thing. Called tow truck - they were unable to start so had it towed.
My only complaint about interior is too many tiny buttons - seems to be a common theme with GM/ Chevy products.
Glad to get my subaru back."
"I bought this from a dealer 1 year old with 11k miles on it. Came with certified preowned warranty which is better than new warranty. I really like driving this vehcile. I drive it to commute 50miles a day and it's great in Iowa snow with it's front wheel drive and traction control. I got a really good deal on it, paid just over $16k for it, most listed around $24k. It doesn't appear to hold it's value very long but i think i'm going to keep this vehicle for as long as i can per i paid cash for it with a trade in. So far no problems, drives great, good warranty and not too big, not too small. Just right sized. Doesn't have a lot of power but gets decent mileage on highway."