Great overall car, only wish the wife would have decided on the XL for the "xtra" room. The car runs strong and the video system in the car really keeps the kids busy on drives. You don't buy these vehicles for their gas mileage but this vehicle does 18 mpg on the highway which is not bad at all and with a few after market mod's i hope to push it up to 21.
As a family with 4 children, we are very happy with this car. It has a ton of space and the kids are lulled to sleep by the smoother than smooth ride. The seats are comfy. I do wish that the passenger side had auto seats like the drivers. The stero system is great. We have enjoyed the XM radio, and the steering wheel controls are very handy when driving. The car has great power, so much that I am afraid of getting a speeding ticket. I go faster before I even realize. There are a few knocks and rattles that we have not been able to pinpoint. With the New Mexico wind, we hear rattles from the roof, possibly from the roof rack needing adjustment. All in all, I believe that we will enjoy this car for year to come. We look forward to taking it on its first family vacation in May.
We purchased this car for safety, comfort, spaciousness and good looks. We also heard some good buzz from reviewers on line about projected reliability, and we really wanted to buy an American car. The seats in front are very roomy and adjustable and the foot pedal distance is adjustable (I am quite tall). The children can easily flip down the second row seat to get to the back - a concern of mine - and they do it themselves. I think a strong 7 year old could do it. The A/C has directional vents for everyone, which is important in TX. The back liftgate is easy to manage and opens at a touch, with lots of room in the back to haul a big stroller and cooler, or 4 large suitcases. The car handles beautifully and smoothly; it doesn't seem bulky at all... I appreciate the beeping tone and light warning system when I back up, just in case. The dashboard's brushed stainless details, the automatic lighting system & Bose stereo system are a elegant perks. If you have a big family, don't hesitate. Pile those little ones in!