May 01, 2009
Reviewed By Paul Duchene
Price as Tested $24,865
Likes

Functional utility wagon, with good visibility and room for 4 adults and 2 kids. Simple dash, intuitive controls (3 big knobs), excellent Rockford-Fosgate stereo. Handles well, drop-down bumper/tailgate useful for loading.

Dislikes

CVT transmission feels like it’s slipping, 20 mpg city unacceptable from 168 hp, 4-cyl and only FWD. 3rd seat had annoying squeak; interior plastic as crude as a Lancer.

Verdict

Fairly Spartan package, which would be OK if you’re filling it with muddy soccer kids, hunting dogs or skiers. But with 2WD, you won’t be going skiing or hunting will you? And if you spend extra $$$ for 4WD and a V6, you’re up against a RAV4 or a used Toyota Highlander.

Fun to Drive
3.0 rating
Fun to Look at
3.0 rating
Overall Experience
2.0 rating
Stats
Horsepower 168hp
EPA Mileage 20mpg