The build quality of this car is
great. If average German quality were
a 5 and Japnese a 4, this car would
score a 4.5 in my book. There is a
solid "thunk" when closing the doors,
quiet ride, good cornering. I went
with the 2.3L for the fuel economy,
not disappointed performance-wise, but
if I did not care about mileage, I
would have taken the V6. Even with an
manu-matic the car is not a slug, just
won't beat a Hemi off the line. I
would highly recommend this car for
its good looks, versatility and value.
Cargo space without looking like a
SUV, or the lack of economy.
For the automatic - better low-end
gearing. Maybe a 5spd automatic or CVT
transmission would do the trick -
though I am sure that would be a trade
off in the price.