This car is a great looking car & a lot of fun to drive. The car handles exceptionally well with the tradeoff being a ride that is rather stiff. There is a definite loss in gas mileage with the SI and being a usually thrifty person I would have to give hard consideration to the EX if purchasing again. Was pleasantly surprised at how well the cruise works with the manual transmission, much smoother through hills than the cruise was in my 4 cylinder Ford. The interior is arranged so that radio, temperature controls, etc are easy to find & use. Whether or not it is the best value for the money can be debated but when you are behind the wheel there are no regrets. This is one very nice vehicle!
Music is a large part of my life, the mp3/wma playback with 7 speakers including a sub is a great sounding standard equipment radio. All controls including stereo features are easy to find and use without being a distraction while driving. I love the sliding arm rest on the center console as well.
Radio antenna, built into rear window meaning you WILL NOT pick up weaker signals. Maximum power is at a much too high RPM, where you will never reach it under normal driving conditions. Would be nice if the gas mileage could be at least a little better.