Went to Point Alameda today for the Driving Experience and yep, it's a very cool car. Handled that Moose test flawlessly and although the actual seat time driving was minutes it was worth it. Felt much heaver than my RX300 was (and it is) but handled well. I always considered my Lexus "a little girl car" but you guys will be pleased with the lines on this one and it has style that the ladies will like too. (At least this lady does!) I think the interior is very understated Swedish modern but very functional. If you are looking for sumptious, that's not what you get. I found nothing wrong with the leather steering wheel and from our experience with a wood wheel in hot weather we actually will prefer it. The NAV system was great with steering wheel controls for the driver and a remote for the passenger. Loved the in dash 6 CD changer (single slot but you just keep feeding the CDs into it.), very different than the glovebox mounted changer in our Lexuses. Thought that the headphone adder in the back seat that allows the back seat folks to listen to say the CD player while the front seat passengers listen to radio was pretty nifty. (And no you can't listen to two stations at same time, but does give a family some flexibility with their kids. For $100 bucks why say no.) Saw both interiors and the graphite is just a shade less than black and taupe is very attractive. Personally did not care for the taupe with the silver but as a light interior it still works fine. We have ordered the 2.5T and were worried that passing might be a challenge but both my hubby and I thought the car had enough oomph for us aging boomers on the road. With 7 seats you probably have a couple feet of space behind the third row. May be able to handle those seven folks but plan on putting most of their luggage on top! Getting into the third row was not near as bad as I thought it would be but for a normal size adult a long trip would be a stretch. All in all we can't wait for delivery. Volvo has a winner with this one! <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0"> Volvo did a great marketing job with this Driving Experience road show. Very professionally done and they fed us to boot. If you get a chance to do it, go. <A HREF="http://www.volvodrive.com" TARGET="_blank">http://www.volvodrive.com</a> Enjoy!