|Reviewed By||Chester Allen|
|Price as Tested||$35,295:1.5-liter, 111-horsepower 4-cylinder with Integrated Motor Assist, CVT with Idle Stop Feature.|
This car will take you a long way down the highway while burning very little gas. In the meantime, you enjoy comfortable seats, satellite radio and all the electronic gizmos of the modern age. Visibility is good, even when you’re looking over your shoulder to change lanes. The car takes a while to get up to highway speed, but, when it does, you can enjoy the gas-sipping cruise. This car shines on long road trips down straight highways, as the electronic toys keep you aware and entertained. The trunk swallows a lot of gear.
The Idle Stop Feature is jarring at first, as it seems like the car is stalling at every stoplight. The engine happily restarts when you release the brake pedal, but all this takes some mental adjustment. As noted above, this car doesn’t pack a lot of pep, so twisty, two-lane highways aren’t its natural habitat. The rear seats are not a fun experience if you are over 6 feet tall.
This car is a good choice if you have many long road trips in your future — and you like driving past gas stations without stopping. This is a comfortable car that competently transports you and yours down the road, but it lacks passion. Your blood will not boil in this car, and that’s OK.
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