Research indicates that the Contour is
more reliable than your average
American car, though it is still no
Toyota or Honda. I am very pleased with
the performance of this vehicle. The
2.5 liter V-6 doesn't provide neck
snaping acceleration, but is quick. 0-
60 in 7.7 secs. The motor is smooth.
Fuel economy is acceptable. The manual
trasmission does it's job well. The
car handles much like a
BMW, which is to say very well.
The build quality is only slightly
above average. The Contour is cheap to
buy, fun to drive, and modestly
reliable. Too bad it has been
discontinued. Overall, a fine car.
European sport sedan performance
available at a domestic family sedan
price. It's good value, plain and
simple. For sport driving enthusiasts,
the availability of a manual tranny
with the more powerful V-6 is another
The rear seat is too small for this
class of car. I reccomend putting three
adults in the rear seat only in extreme
emergencies. Cupholders are too far
away from the driver, the power window
and door lock switches are badly
positioned. Make these improvements and
bring the car back!