Dec 19, 2012
Reviewed By Chad Tyson
Price as Tested $36,902; 3.6-liter H6, 256 hp @ 6,000 rpm, 247 ft/lb @ 4,400 rpm; 5-speed adaptive electronic automatic transmission with manual mode

Harman/Kardon 440-watt audio system sounds excellent. Seats are comfortable. 256 horsepower is plenty for handling steep hills and passing on the highway. Symmetrical all-wheel drive is fantastic in normal or adverse weather conditions. Handling is adequate and the ride is smooth. Plenty of room for adults in the back seats. Ample storage behind them as well.


Car feels heavy, especially on windy, hilly roads. The EyeSight Driver-Assist System (lane departure/adaptive cruise/pre-collision warning) is sensitive, or I’m just more aggressive that it wants me to be. Fake-wood dash trim is hokey. Fuel economy is disappointing with only 20 mpgs combined rating.


It’s comfortable and competent in almost any weather condition. I’m not sure the extra power is worth the dimished fuel economy – I’d look at the 170-hp 2.5 H4 that gets 27 mpg combined. In terms of on-road and off-road proficiency balance, this car is the pinnacle of the segment. Competitors like the Volvo XC70 or Toyota Venza don’t offer nearly the same package for the same price.

Fun to Drive
3.0 rating
Fun to Look at
2.5 rating
Overall Experience
3.0 rating
Horsepower 256 @ 6,000 rpm
Torque 247 @ 4,400 rpm
EPA Mileage 18 city/25 highway

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