Overall, a pleasant car. Drives well, with the V-6 engine the power is more than adequate and the fuel economy is excellent. The transmission is the odd part of the performance picture. It has nine speeds, but it sometimes feels like it cannot decide which of the nine speeds is the appropriate one for the situation. There is a large gap in the lower gears, and sometimes it lurches when it downshifts at a speed just above idle as it shifts to a lower gear. Conversely, it is often lazy about shifting down a gear at higher speeds and it seems to lug a bit before finally changing down a gear. We have adapted to these behaviors, but I cannot say that we are really happy with them overall.
This car is slow to accelerate and I believe transmission problems are impending. The transmission light has come on already at 4x,xxx miles. Took it to have it checked and ended up having to come out of pocket for a loaner vehicle as it was at the dealership for a week. The transmission light is off but it still hesitates while I'm driving and accelerates extremely slow. I am not at all happy with this vehicle that I will be paying on for quite sometime.
We live North Lake Tahoe and specifically bought this car to handle well and safely in this terrible weather and it has not. The wipers stopped working properly after one heavy snow. The car got stuck in the snow outside of our garage when it wasn't even that deep. The pick up is terrible while merging on the highway.