I was looking specifically for a fun car with an automatic transmission to share the daily driving chores with my 5-speed manual Miata. Other subcompacts that I tested just didn't have the get-up-and-go that the SE-R provided. Don't know what other car would provide this type acceleration with an automatic transmission and still get 27 mpg.
Low end TQ provided by the engine works very nicely with the CVT. Comfortable, supportive front seats.