Bought the car new in 2001. This is the SES model with 24 valve V6, 200HP, center console shifter and 6-disc CD changer. Purchased the car for the following reasons: Quieter on the freeway and $5,000 less than equally equipped Accord, sleek looks, VERY roomy interior both front and back, 200HP V6, leather seats, adjustable pedals, all for under $21,000. Now has 97,000 miles (almost all highway). Reliability has be very good. Brakes were just replaced at 85,000 miles, and fuel pump just died last week. No other problems so far. Engine and transmission still run strong, no rattles or interior noises, after washing it still looks new. Replaced original Continental tires at 60k miles.
Quiet ride, good power, adjustable pedals, very roomy, dependable, low retail price.
Ability to manually shift all 4 gears (current shifter skips 2nd gear). 4-wheel disk brakes. Option for 5-speed manual or Autostick transmission. More power. Less body roll when cornering.