First Impressions – Highway Driving

Impressions after a couple of hours on the highway.

Ride up front is fairly smooth in my opinion (note that I am more used to cars with suspensions tuned for performance than to ones tuned for cushy rides).

The ride in the back is a bit rougher over bumps, but seems fine on decent roads.
Seats are comfortable and the tilting and telescoping steering wheel helps to make the driver more comfortable. Drivers-side adjustable lumbar support nice also.
Still feels like plenty of power, which makes getting on the highway pretty nice.
The coach itself is pretty quiet. Sure, there are some interesting noises when traversing a big bump, but in general steady-state cruising there are no squeaks or rattles. We were worried about the door to the bathroom, but so far it’s been silent.

One additional thing we experienced was a pretty strong crosswind. Weather info said 23mph, but it felt like more when I was outside refueling. It was a direct crosswind, and took a lot of concentration to keep the Paseo pointed straight. At one point where the wind was steady I had to hold several degrees of “crab”.

This is our first high-profile vehicle unless you count minivans, so I can’t say wether the Paseo was really good or bad in this situation. But I can tell you that with a crosswind that strong, you will working a bit harder behind the wheel.

Bottom-line is that we like the Transit, and find it pretty comfortable to drive.

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Author: Don Meyer

An average guy trapped on the surface of a sphere who enjoys SF, programming, sailing, Legos, and many other nerdy pursuits.

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