I have owned this car for 4,000 miles in all kinds of conditions. Snow, rain, city, and highway driving. This car is VERY fun to drive. The SE package adds 10hp via dual exhaust and tuning, anti-roll bars front and rear, tighter springs, and lower profile tires (not extremely low, just low enough). It handles beautifully, corners are absorbed with ease, and pickup from the 4cyl. is modest. It does whine a bit at first start on cold mornings, inherent with most 4cyl. It is a "tight" ride, if you want "soft" go for the LE or XLE.
Sure, I can use the "manual shift" mode to hold gears longer, that would get tired real quick. The funky gated gear selector needs to be straightened out, literally. The side view mirror controls need to be lighted, sure, light the "traction control" button, something I'll press probably next to never.