So, How do you guys like your Cross? I've ordered one that won't be coming in until end of May, first of June. Seen bad reviews about noise and power... Would just like an "owner's" opinion..
Thanks so much!
1. Power: I drive like a granny, but I understand the “lack of power”. I have hard accelerated once or twice, and it provides enough power to move to where you would like to. It is by no means a peppy vehicle, and I believe it is not designed for the lead-footed drivers.
2. Noise: I own a 2015 Kia Rio Hatchback ($15k MSRP at the time). The noise reduction from the Cross to the Kia is extremely noticeable. Actually, it was one of the best features I immediately noticed about it. I guess people complaining about it are “downgrading” from a “more expensive” or “better insulated” vehicle. I am very happy with it.
3. I have the base model, and have noticed a few nuisances (some are trim-specific, others are model-specifc):
a. Lack of rear window wiper/washer
b. Very low tail light illumination. There is no tail lamps on the rear door.
c. The cargo area does not end up a flat surface when lowering the backrest of the rear seats.
d. The air vents on the front cannot be shut off, but oddly enough, the vent on the center console towards the rear seats has a shut off mechanism.
e. The Apple Car Play is not wireless. There is Bluetooth connectivity for calls and music, though. If you hear your music with good quality over Bluetooth, but not over Apple Car Play, know that the Apple Car Play is apparently controlled by a different sound settings. So when connected to Apple Car Play, go back to the Audio settings on the infotainment.
f. Not enough Car Lighter / USB ports in the front panel. (On the Kia I have 2 car lighters with double USB plugs on each, and one native USB port, for a total of 5 ports). The Cross only has one on the front panel.
g. Sun visors do not extend outwards from the rod, making them only cover 1/3 of the driver or passenger window. On the Kia, they extend the full length of the visor.
h. Rear view camera becomes unusable when raining or after driving on the rain, because on its current location is too prone to water stains.
i. The adaptive cruise control wants to pull you to highway off-ramps when traveling on the right lane
j. The adaptive cruise control suddenly brakes too hard for cars parked on small streets, or even with safe distance from a vehicle on front (even on the lowest sensitivity level)
k. I rotate the tires myself. It is inconvenient that the front tires have a different PSI setting than the rear. Every time I rotate them, I have to inflate one pair of tires, and deflate the other pair.
l. There is no car lighter / USB ports in the cargo area.
m. The fuel tank apparently has a “safety” feature to avoid overfilling. I guess it’s like a valve that blocks air from coming out, so you see the like you just filled the tank up to the port. Wait 20-30 seconds, and the valve releases the air (counting with it being a valve, and not a design feature), and you can see fuel level going down the fuel inlet. I have been able to fill it to as much as when the electronic level resets, it tells the forecasted miles you have before running out of fuel is at 365 miles. I use the Cross for rideshare, so I want to fill it up as much as possible, to avoid fuel ups during the work day (usually 12 hrs/350
4. What I like:
a. Fuel economy (better than my Kia, by a good length). Kia: 30 mpg / Cross 33 mpg
b. The suspension is very comfortable
c. The ground clearance and riding position (in terms of eye level) is good enough for me
d. The vehicle is quiet (ambient noise blocking ability) enough for me
e. Changing the engine oil is a breeze thanks to a small removable (4 screws) panel, instead of needing to remove the whole undercarriage cover.
f. I like that if someone takes off the seatbelt before getting to the destination, the beeping is so annoying and loud that they resource to put them back on. Great for knowing when kids unbuckle their seatbelts.
g. The rear center seatbelt can be fully unbuckled when installing seat covers or a permanent car seat mount.
h. It comes with a spare tire kit!!!
i. It has “child on rear seat” and “open window” reminders when you shut off the car.
j. Its turning radius is fabulous!
Overall, it looks great, feels great, rides pretty nice, and it’s priced well (in my opinion).
The next one I would like to buy in the not so distant future is the Cross GR.