Today I had the first flat tire on this car and it was a bit daunting... I called AAA and they came to fix it. I watched carefully to see how the spare tire was removed from the bottom of the car, and then there were lock nuts that had to be released from the regular tire. Tomorrow when I get the tire fixed, I want to watch how they reset the spare into the bottom of the car. It seems a lot more complicated that the Forester was, but it is nice to have the spare hidden underground... I will definitely keep my AAA membership current!