I was a bit shocked by the seats that look as if they were inspired by red pleather pants. It amazes me that car companies employ people who specialize in interior colors and materials and then deliver something like this. In addition to the fashion faux pas, these seats also look to be showing quite a bit of wear with just 9000 miles on the odometer.
Seats aside, this is an excellent mid-size sedan. It's quite engaging to drive with impressive handling and ride that is slightly tighter than its competitors'. While it may be a bit of overkill, the all-wheel drive is a nice option that allows you to boot the throttle without worrying about traction loss or torque steer. The steering is overboosted and at low speeds sometimes feels like it's hunting to figure out how much assist it should provide. Still, the whole package is far sportier than most competitors without sacrificing comfort.
Eric Tingwall, Associate Editor