I was pleasantly surprised by the cars handling and performance. It's a 5 speed Tiptronic automatic with a 2.0 L4 Vtec engine. The car also handles great and easy to make lane changes. Since the car is pretty light, it doesn't need a huge displacement engine to make it go fast, although a turbo would be nice aftermarket upgrade for those who had the type-s model. I don't usually like 4 cylinder engines, but this one is quite a bit larger than most (Most are 1.6 L). It's also quite a bit torquey for one as well (can get it to squeal on brisk acceleration). The '05/'06 Models have the upgraded lighting and wheels which give it more of a luxurious look then previous years.
05-06 models have much better looking rear and front headlight assemblies. Internal Annetta. Leather Sport Seats. Sport Shift mode, ability to easily remove stock radio. Hatch and cargo space, very generous headroom. Perceived reliability, luxury name plate, and no tuneups for 100k miles.
The stock radio (non-bose)system is a joke. I'm not a radio aficionado or anything, but it's very dry sounding for such a sporty looking car. Car would of been much more powerful if they dropped in a 2.4L 4 banger instead of the 2. Fortunately both trims still get V-tech. Bad blind spot.