The engine loves to be revved and
sounds wonderful while doing it. The
shifter action and handling are the
best from any fwd American car yet.
Sure, its low 15 second 1/4 mile time
is respectable, but this car's strong
points are its handling and highway
cruising abilities. Not that it's slow
in a drag race either; just drag racing
wasn't its intent. The Contour SVT was
easily the best handling fwd sport
sedan ever available in America until
the recent Mazda Protégé, but still
beats that car in acceleration. The
car is not perfect, but it does what it
was made for very well.
Glorious engine sounds. Wonderful,
flat cornering. Understated yet
aggressive SVT styling. Many people-
even car enthusiasts, don't know what
it is. A driver's car- you need to
love all aspects of driving to
understand this car's mission, not just
full out drag racing.
No oil pressure gauge or voltmeter. No
limited slip differential. Some cheap
interior parts. Often held down by
the "Contour" stereotype, or the car
SVT shouldn't have made based on raw
acceleration numbers. Atrocious resale
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