Wow, is the handling great! Tight,
zippy -- just crisp, clean fun. Too bad
they couldn't have given it more
horses. I test drove a Protege LX a few
years ago, and it was woefully
underpowered; the much bigger engine in
this ES seemed as if it would overcome
that hurdle. Sad to say, it needs to go
into 4th gear well before 40 mph, and
into 5th in the high 40s. It strains a
bit to maintain 65-70 on highways where
that is the dominant speed of traffic
flow. Give this car a 6th gear and
you'd have something truly great! ;-)
My only other concern is the dashboard
illumination. The red glow works great
in the dark, but at dusk the
instruments are hard to read.
Fun to drive, and I'm not someone who
usually puts a high priority on that!
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