"Bought used with 40K. I was interested in Subaru but get so much more for your money used. Depreciation is steep on these but if you buy used and run it a long time it is a good value. Cars are not investments anyway. Worthless in snow in 2 wheel drive but excellent in 4X4. Only issues I have had is a oxygen censor and the 4X4 did not work when I bought it. Turns out a vacuum tube was pinched when the trailer hitch was install killing the 4X4. Dealer fixed it for $70. Third row works fine if you can convince people to try it. It is like telling overnight guests that your hid-a-bed is comfortable, no one wants to sleep on it anyway. But I am 6' 1" and can sit back there just takes some seat adjustments. We have a roof top box for stuff when using third seats since there really is no luggage space. Gas milleage is better than advertised 20 to 23 highway and 17 city. Not bad for heavy SUV. Thule rack attaches to spare tire and bikes will swing with tail gate great for a couple bikes. Good for small trailers tows my tent trailer great
Main complaints: Tires are goofy. They are an expensive wierd size 235/HR60-16 and are speed rated. So you have performance car tires on SUV? But drive it on road mostly anyway but don't like to pay to replace them very expensive.
Seats fold down but design is an after thought and do not remove or fold into floor. Would have a ton more room if you could remove at lest the middle row seats.
Made in Japan and well built but parts are hard to find in US and are expensive. Since this car is popular in the rest of the world parts are out there just hard to find here and seem very pricey. Dealer support is sparce.
Does not come with factory cross bars. I put Thule cross bars on but makes whirling sounds so need a farring or take them off. I assume this why they don't but factory bars on. My roof top box is about a 1/2 inch too tall to fit in garage with Thule bars that are higher then factory bars would be so can not park in garage with box on roof."
"I have had this car for 5 years and put about 45000 miles on it. I love the FWD for winter... I live in Utah so there's lots of snow. This car has always been reliable. I've only had trouble with the car battery which I replaced. The interior has kept really well, the exterior has not been as lucky. dings from obnoxious people who hit your car door with theirs in the parking lot, scratches, and a dent from the previous owner. For some reason the gas can lid cover fell off without my have doing anything to it, but it has not caused any problems for me. This is why I gave it a 9 on quality though. I love the space it gives on the inside and optional 3rd row seating if you need or fold down for cargo. I also love the folding 2nd row seats for more cargo. It has helped when friends/family move and we help out. Also there are multiple compartments for storage including an under the seat slide out drawer which is very nice. Also space for 4 cups in the middle, or extra compartments. also for an SUV it gets great gas mileage. 18-20 typically and sometimes I get 21 and 22. Very awesome."
Cons: "not fancy,screws/fasteners inside cabin fall out"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9
"Bought new,carried max passengers, towed heavy 1 ton trailer, 1.5 ton boat,off roads,22mpg,exterior solid,interior could have used better fasteners,always starts,reliable in 12 Maine winters.
If you want your moneys worth out of a REAL 4x4 (That you can also tow behind a camper/bus) get a Suzuki and save your money to go shopping with.Plain and simple Japanese engineered rugged SUV with great towing capacity,mileage and manners."