Rapid Spec 501A ($2,250 minus $655 -- includes blind spot warning system with cross-traffic alert, rearview camera with display in the rearview mirror, power moonroof and 12-speaker Sony sound system with six-disc CD changer and MP3 capability), Leather Upholstery With Heated Front Seats ($1,190).
Atkinson-cycle inline-4 and permanent-magnet AC synchronous electric motor
Nothing exceptional here, but nothing offensive either. There's enough power to merge safely, find a gap, etc., as long as you plan ahead. Engine/motor transition is imperceptible.
126 feet is reasonable for the class and pedal feel isn't awful for a hybrid. Fade resistance, however, is laughably poor, with the fifth stop requiring more than 160 feet.
Slalom: Stability control is the non-defeat kind. Body motions are reasonable even with the noticeably soft dampers. Control is good. Doesn't feel too heavy or out of the ordinary. A perfectly respectable handling performance. Skid pad: Balance, as expected, leans heavily toward understeer.