As mentioned in my remarks about the V90XC’s styling, I love the fact that it’s more or less a four door shooting brake. Polarizing from almost all angles, the V90 really is a looker, even in Cross Country guise. It’s such a low stress car to just get in and drive, be it going to get milk or going for a crazy weekend adventure to see the Grand Tetons. Everything is easy to use, the learning curve is much less steep than many of its German rivals. Between the sound system and ride quality, you may even find yourself looking for excuses to drive it, I know I certainly did.
As someone who typically doesn’t enjoy driving economy hybrids, I smiled in the Prius way more than I care to admit, even if I was let down by the all wheel drive system. Simply put, it is a fun car to get from point A to point B without trying to be a fun car. The interior is refined and well built, the infotainment system is perfect for its price point, and seats are great for a sub thirty thousand dollar car. I didn’t think I would enjoy it as much as I did, but it’s been a pleasant surprise.
While it doesn’t abide by the norm that trucks have to look like they belong on a work site, if the Limited were to be caught in that scenario, it would scream ‘CEO’. I actually turned around to look at it when I grabbed groceries the first night I had it, thus passing the “if you don’t turn around to look at it each time you park it, you bought the wrong one” test.