Jan 19, 2006
Reviewed By Kristen Hall-Geisler
Price as Tested $44,335
Likes

Zippy 300-hp turbo 2.5-liter 5-cylinder; sport suspension setting was distinct and fun; firm seats are supportive on long rides; striking blue analog gauges easy to read.

Dislikes

Taking advantage of the horsepower caused a noticeable drop in stated highway 25 mpg to way under 20; rain-sensing wipers not so sensitive; neither the radio nor the iPod supplied with the test car displayed the song title when the iPod was plugged in.

Verdict

Our Sonic Blue metallic model came kitted out with a low front spoiler that was out of place and shredded by daily driving, and we were careful. Once that was put in the trunk, the all-wheel drive handled Northwest weather conditions with Volvo-standard predictability.

Fun to Drive
4.0 rating
Fun to Look at
3.0 rating
Overall Experience
4.0 rating
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