The "weakness" is that it doesn't develop peak torque until higher up in the power band. That's one of the reasons I'd much prefer the 2.0L turbo in this application. The torque comes on much faster and gives better drivability (along with increased gas mileage if you stay off the boost).
To the first poster, yeah that seems like an easy load to tow.
Thanks for the replies. It sounds like I should be okay. There will only be 2 adults and maybe 100lbs. of gear.
I haven't picked it up yet (tonight). I did a lot of looking around and researching different smaller SUV's and this one looks to be a pretty decent pick. I liked it enough after looking at others I was prepared to go all out and get a 2013 with lots of bells and whistles but my wife really liked this one and suggested we go used and if we really like it trade up in a year or so.
you'll enjoy it, the SUV is definitely by far the best bang for the buck, it took me a year to personally review all the available SUV from all the different brands in my area, before my final purchase last month
I was waiting for the new 7 seater Santa Fe (Hyundai) but that one is not out until next year
but i needed the new vehicle immediately, so i settle for our 7 seater Sorento SX 2013, and it's one of the best purchases ever
the Gas mileage is pretty decent for a SUV, it's not great like the Toyota Highlander, but it's not a gas guzzle like a Ford or Chevy
after you drive it for 2 weeks you'll get the hang of it
1st gear is great
2nd gear is weak
3rd to 6th gear they all work as you'll expect
it'll be nice if we can reprogram the 2nd gear shifting ratios
it jumps to gear too quickly if you use it in Automatic Economic Mode (D)
if you drive it in the manual shift, at least you can compensate for the emptiness of gear 2