This is a very stylish little car. The fit and finnish is very good. Like it's look from every angle. Top up or down. Plenty of power, great handling, very good brakes and we have power windows, locks, air conditioning which is very adequate and I love the 18 inch tires on this little car. Holds the road amazingly well. Had a Corvette before this and I get just as much pleasure from this. I think Pontiac did a great job on the design, fit and finish of this car. Who knows what would have eveolved if Pontiac had stayed in business. It seems to be economical and service at other GM dealers shouldn't be a problem. Love the Bluetooth, on-star and CD player. Lots of technology considering this is a 2009 vehicle. Have since moved it to Arizona. Had it serviced at the local Buick dealer and was very pleased on that process. Looking forward to enjoying it in the cooler winter months.
There is too much rear tire grip to do a drop-clutch launch. So there's a bit of clutch-slipping finesse in a good launch. Shifter is OK, but clutch uptake is too close to the floor. This makes shift times slower. Engine sounds burdened but you can't argue with these numbers.
The first stop seemed like an anomaly -- all of the rest were 4-5 feet longer and less controlled, with bobbing nose and wiggling tail. Fade began after the sixth stop.
Benign but stubborn understeer on the limit. Very, very difficult to kick the tail out. With ESC on "competitive" it actually kept the car on the arc better by applying the inside front brake. It has zero steering feel. This is one of the most frustrating cars in recent memory to slalom. Why? There is no sense of the car's limits or tire grip. The front-hinged seat bottom is distracting. Underdamped suspension feels like it's hitting the stops. Inherent understeer snaps into oversteer too quickly. But again, it makes a decent number despite all these shortcomings. Oh, one more. There is yaw delay followed by a huge gain from the soft suspension as the body rolls side to side.