After 3 weeks and 1000+ miles some observations.
The only way to buy this car is with the Turbo 2.0, which feels about right; the 2.4L is disappointing.
Light steering but you get used to it.
Some turbo lag from a dead-stop, and when you punch it you get to watch Instantaneous-MPG show 3 for a few seconds. Again you get used to it.
Quiet and smooth but the ride gets choppy over bumps or RR tracks.
Handles nice, but those who have also driven a BMW will not confuse the two.
Real MPG (doing the math at the pump): First tankful, all city/suburban, 19.2 MPG.
Mixed with about 1/3 hwy, 23.5 MPG. On a 250 mile hwy trip, 34 MPG.
Looks good inside and out, comfortable & quiet, power there when you need it (2.0L turbo), good highway MPG.
A good value in lower trim levels and with rebates.
Overpriced without rebates & discounts. On this class of car HID headlights should be standard, or at least optional on any trim level for safety---it is unfortunate that you have to buy an option package costing between $2445 and $5690 to get HID headlights.
$3K premium for the "good" engine seems high.
Needs a different base engine than the 2.4L, which combines a lot of noise and not much go along with poor real-world MPG.
Tires could be a little quieter.
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