The handling is amazing. You forget you are driving a 4,000lb SUV. It handles better than many "sports cars" and instills a great sense of confidence.
Stopping distances are shorter and more controlled than most cars and of course far better than any SUV.
It takes around 10K miles for the engine to break-in, but once it does, it's a blast. It has great throttle response with smooth quick downshifts when needed. If it were any quicker, it would be scary.
It gives a great view of the road like an SUV, but the seating is more sporty or "cockpit" feeling. The seat is firm, but very supportive and welcome on long trips.
I've only encountered the most minor problems – a bad airbag sensor in a seat and a bad Sirius radio tuner. Otherwise, it's been problem-free driving for almost 30K miles.