Quick, Agile, Great MPG, and Awesome Interior!
February 7, 2019
I just bought a used 2016 Touring model, which is the top trim you can buy. This car is absolutely perfect for what I want and need. It has a turbocharged engine that is plenty quick and agile. I would even say that it's borderline fast when you want it to be. The handling is great, and very responsive. In Econ Mode, you can easily get 42 to 50 MPG on the highway, and around 28 to 33 in the city. When ECON is off, those numbers dip a little bit. The throttle is much more dumbed down on Econ, and it's not nearly as quick to get up and go. So, you can tell a big difference between Econ and Normal mode. There is sort of a Sport mode.
The interior is awesome as well, and is loaded with tech. This car has great safety features including stop-and-go adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, brake hold feature, and an electronic parking brake. The infotainment screen is pretty nice too. It comes equipped with Apple Car Play and Android Auto. I have Android, so I use Android Auto which is awesome. I have it linked with Spotify, Waze, and the hands free convenience is amazing. I can literally ask Google to tell me anything from weather, trivia facts, or current sports scores. Of course, you can use voice commands to call and text people too. Yes, the lack of a volume and tuning knob is a bit frustrating, but not that big of a deal like some people say it is. There is a great touch slider volume control on the steering wheel, combined with up and down buttons. I just use that, and it's not inconvenient at all. The gauges are fully digital, and beautiful to look at. You can scroll through different icons to see your fuel economy, audio that's playing, navigation commands, etc. The heated front and rear seats work great too. You have rain-sensing wipers which are cool. There is an auto-door lock feature for when you walk away from the car. This car is truly loaded. I'm not going to say it's as luxurious as European brands, but it does come equipped with features that some European brands charge thousands more for. The seats are fairly comfortable. I wouldn't say that they are the most comfortable seats, but I never feel uncomfortable in them.
I really do like the exterior styling as well. The sculpting on the hood really makes this car in my opinion, and the fastback design in the rear is nice. The 17" wheels on my Touring trim are really nice too, and I receive compliments on those quite frequently.
Overall, it's a great car. The car is quick, agile, and a blast to drive. And, it's the segment leader in fuel economy. It's literally the best of both worlds.
If I have any complaints, it's this:
1) There is not a dedicated holder for sunglasses.
2) There is not blind spot detection in the side mirrors. There is a "Lanewatch" feature that shows you your blind spot on the passenger side, but it does this through the screen on the car. So, when you turn on your right blinker, the screen projects your passenger side blind spot through a mounted camera on the right side mirror. It's kind of cool, but it's also kind of distracting. Oddly, there is nothing for the driver side. I just wish that they would have put the standard blind spot monitors like most vehicles have nowadays.
I can't speak to the other trim levels, but for $17,000, you probably won't find a better car. Buy one if you are thinking about it!