So, I'm driving down the Kennedy on Sunday, when some guy in a black Lincoln in the right lane is honking incessantly. Beep, beep, beep. Beep, beep, beep. I finally look right to see what this idiot is honking at, and apparently it was me.
He's pointing at me and making the circular roll down your window hand sign.
"What do you think of that car?" he yells at me.
My immediate response was: "I hate it."
A cross-traffic conversation ensues where he tells me he's looking at it for his wife, and that he loves the way this egg-shaped crossover looks. I told him to be sure to give it a good long test drive because it's just not a terribly comfortable driver.
Keep in mind, the entire conversation is taking place while we're both driving about 40 mph in traffic.
During the test period so far, I've encountered people who either love or hate this vehicle. There doesn't seem to be any in between. Even my opinions of this vehicle are violently opposed. Either I love a feature or hate it. There is no middle ground.
Now I'm thinking about this guy and hoping I haven't dashed his dreams. And when I actually put down on paper what I like and don't like about this car, I was surprised to see the pluses are pretty even with the minuses. So, in brief, here's what I love--and hate--about the all-new Crosstour.
- Seat comfort: Lumbar support is in the wrong place for a petite driver. Even front seat passengers commented on how awkward and uncomfortable this car is.
- Driving position: I have adjusted the seat every day and I still can't find a comfortable position that affords good visibility out the front.
- Navigation: Luckily this is an optional feature. I don't like the dial through selection process, and I couldn't get the voice activated commands to work.
- The price: $29,670 just seems a bit steep for a starting price.
- The rear hatch: It opens high enough to give good access to the rear cargo area, but it has a bend in the hatch that allows petite drivers to reach the hand grip to shut it without having to stretch.
- The electric blue gauge accents: At night these light up in an attractive cool hue. I was pleasantly surprised when I first drove at night, and this was the first thing I discovered that I truly liked about this car.
- Easy-drop rear seats: There's a handy lever in the cargo area that allows you to drop the rear seats without too much effort, and without circling the car.
- Engine power: The 271-horsepower, V-6 engine was perfect. The acceleration was smooth and seamless, and when I could get beyond the actual discomfort of sitting in the car, it was actually fun to drive.
Fuel economy: City/highway fuel economy rings in at 18/27 mpg. Well done for a vehicle weighing 3,852 pounds.
In all, this is a unique solution to the family vehicle. It drives like a sedan, has decent cargo capacity (51.3 cubic feet with rear seats folded flat) and is definitely one of the more unique vehicles on the road. If they could make it a more comfortable driver, I'd be all in.
As it is, all I can say is give it a long test drive if you're interested in this car. Maybe it'll fit you better than me.