Surprised the bejeezus out of me
By Nickname! on Wednesday, October 01, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 186,000
overall rating 9 of 10rating details
- Overall Rating
Pros: "Reliability, handling, gas mileage, value"
Cons: "Plastics, headlight coverings, weird dead pedal"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8
"The wife conspired with a friend to have us purchase this car many years ago, and though I was basically against the idea, it was too good a deal to pass up. Nine years later, I have to confess it has been a much better vehicle than I could have imagined. We've put 140,000 of the 186,000 miles on it and it has been a trouble-free, reliable, and occasionally even fun mode of transportation.
Yes, the interior is spartan and filled with hard plastics, but it has been very durable.
Yes, it has all the power of a sack of hamsters, but it handles corners very well for what it is, lending a feeling of sportiness that is appreciated by me anyway.
Yes, if you're over 6 feet tall you'll probably run yourself into the corner of the lift gate a time or twelve, but you should probably be paying more attention.
We've averaged around 26 mpg, even with horrible 10% ethanol gas, so that's not too shabby either.
The analog clock is fun. Classy!
The only minor gripe I have is the frequency of brake jobs, although this is probably the wife's fault, not any inherent weakness of the car.
The bottom line is, this would be an excellent used purchase, as I suspect it will go many more miles without serious issue, and I intend to find out as it transitions from my wife's daily driver to mine. Great little crossover."
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