Reliable, fuel=efficient, and affordable
Pros and Cons below mostly sum it up. I was not after a luxurious, car-like driving experience so I wasn’t disappointed. That said, I’d be a little happier if the handling and braking were better than mediocre, but they’re not. Maybe worse, actually. It’s a bit underpowered, but given the handling and braking, that’s probably for the best! Having the manual transmission helps and makes it more enjoyable for a driving enthusiast. Gets great mpg, especially for an SUV. Light towing capacity (1500) and the fairly generous cargo space is somewhat compromised by rear seats that don’t quite fold all the way flat. Road/wind/engine noise are fine around town but grow tiresome on a long trip.