Pros: Great gas mileage for an SUV, roomy flat cargo area
Cons: Not as quiet a vehicle as I'm used to
I bought this to replace a Lincoln Navigator. I had some concerns that the 4 cylinder engine would not be powerful enough for long highway trips, steep grades, etc. but these proved unfounded. The engine is a bit noisy if you need to step on it to accelerate rapidly but one gets used to this. If I drive carefully and try to economize fuel, I can easily get 31 mpg or even more. If I drive without any particular effort to conserve fuel, I still get over 29 mpg, even with a lot of high-speed freeway driving. I'm a climber and I like the fact that the rear seat folds flat to create an area that I can sleep in (diagonally) even though I am 6' 5" tall. The vehicle is less well sound insulated that my old Navigator, which translates to poorer stereo listening conditions, but the Navigator was a real fuel hog, getting about half the mpg or even less.