My wife purchased a loaded Contour SE (2.5L v6, leather, moonroof, etc) and it has been adequate, but nothing more. For having a v6 it doesn't have very much of a punch from the line at all (I come from a strong v8 background though). The leather is ok, but nothing fancy. For being a front wheel drive car I was very dissapointed in how it handles in the snow. If you think you are interested in a Contour I would strongly suggest taking a look at the SVT version.