There is a good fit and finish to the car, and suedelike door panels, titanium trim, and leather seats give it the feel of a luxury car, although the steering-wheel radio and cruise-control switch gear feel like poorly integrated add-ons. The nonopening, longitudinal Skyview glass-paneled roof also misses both aesthetically and functionally. Fortunately, a traditional sunroof is an option.
The center information console, although stylish, is a near miss. A menu-based joystick/enter system just doesn't need two clock-adjustment buttons, as well as three for trip and fuel economy. The trip meters aren't linked to either the odometer trip meters on the instrument panel or the fuel-economy meter, which means having to reset two different things to keep track of both distance and fuel economy--confusing. Also, there isn't a simple button to turn off the display, instead requiring a button push and two movements of the joystick. Once it's off, the display is supposed to turn on briefly when you change settings, then back off again, but in practice, several functions remained illuminated, so we had to go through the turn-off procedure again.
The rearview mirror includes features such as autodimming at night, which significantly cuts headlight glare. The built-in HomeLink universal transceiver can be programmed to replace up to three remote controls for garage doors, gates, security systems, and house lights--including rolling-code systems.
The premium Bose stereo system is powerful and crisp, but it's definitely old school due to its lack of MP3 CD support or an auxiliary jack. With 320 watts on tap, the stereo should have come with a remote control, allowing you to stand clear of the vehicle. The tape player spoils the look of the console and gives it a bit of an antiquated feel--hiding the tape player behind a door would have been a good idea.