|Reviewed By||Tony Piff|
|Price as Tested||$38,730: 3.3-L 290-hp V6, 6-speed Shiftronic automatic, Active On-Demand AWD System, Technology Package|
It has all the functionality and utility of a minivan, but the exterior styling convincingly hides this fact from observers, so you don’t have to feel lame. Third row seat folds out of the way for massive cargo area. Full-length skylight is a wonderful feature for the sun-starved Pacific Northwest. Interior materials are classy (leather is standard) yet minivan-functional. V6 puts plenty of power on tap for passing on the highway. Vehicle handles smaller than its size. Quiet.
Touch-screen navigation difficult to figure out. The glass roof won’t make sense in sunnier climes. Third-row rear seat won’t accomodate full-size adults for longer drives.
This crossover-styled minivan made easy work out of a 300-mile roadtrip with two car-seated brats. It didn’t feel bulky or unwieldy navigating city streets, either. The versatility of the disappearing third-row seat would be invaluable to my family of four: station-wagon cargo-hauling convenience 95% of the time, with seating for out-of-town guests when the need occasionally arises. (I wouldn’t plan to use the third-row seat for adults or larger children more regularly than that, however.) The styling was upscale, refined and seemed designed without compromise. I would consider this alongside anything from Honda or Toyota.
|Fun to Drive|
|Fun to Look at|
Jun 19, 2013