Join Date: May 2005
Location: Vancouver, BC, Canada
Re: Driving a 5 on Tuesday
I had to postpone my drive until Thursday, but I did get to sit in and explore one and let me just say this :
This is an impressive package.
The exterior is gorgeous, and even the side sills and bumper extensions look really good. The Altezza lights, which I previously had complained about, didn't look out of place either. I still like the red ones better, though.
The sliding doors on the sides appear to be weighted such that if you simply "open" the door handle while it's in it's open-locked position, the weight would carry it closed enough for the power assist closing system to grab it and finish the job. Very cool. I had to remind my 5-year old that he didn't have to "slam" the door a couple of times.
As far as space inside the vehicle goes, I can see sitting four people over 6 foot tall inside the car, but none in the third row. I would, however, say that with a person around 5 foot 4 behind me in the third row, both of us could sit comfortably. There's a bit more space back there than has been made out in some of the reviews (kiddy-seat only, it's not). The seats in the second row have a LOT of travel forward and backward to maximize the space when the third row is down, but do not slide left-to-right. Each seat has cupholders placed logically around them.
As for the driving seat, everything seemed to be in logical locations and even the automatic gear-shift was within easy reach for those times when you'd want to use the "sport-mode" transmission. The driving seat was in an interesting position - seemed higher than a regular "car", almost in a mini-van like configuration.
The space in the back with the third row UP is small. There is room for probably one hard suitcase back there, and what I did notice was a 120v power outlet in the back. (yay!) With the third row down, it doesn't fold into the floor but folds "flat", there is ample space for anything you'd want to carry in the car. The seats fold up and down with little effort.
If there are any specific questions please let me know.
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