Salisbury, NC guy and started vacation in my new 2019 Passport Elite AWD with Adventure Package in Crystal Black Pearl. Purchased August 15 and it’s really nice! I've had no problem with the nine speed in the NC/TN mountains; shifting has been smooth. It has been a delight to drive and has been very comfortable. I’m not an overland kinda guy but I believe I would have no problem getting into and out of some places I've dreamt of visiting. Never had a black car; man, is it pretty!