2.5L 2dr Hatchback With Sunroof, Sound, Navigation (2.5L 5cyl 6A)
Options on test vehicle
Naturally aspirated, port-injected inline-5
DOHC, 4 valves per cylinder, variable intake-valve timing
Compression ration (x:1)
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)
170 @ 5,700
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)
177 @ 4,250
Six-speed automatic with console shifter with sport/competition modes
Transmission and axle ratios (x:1)
I = 4.04; II = 2.37; III = 1.56; IV = 1.16; V = 0.85; VI = 0.67; Reverse = 3.19; Final drive = 3.50
Went quickest in manual-shift mode, even though it still shifts for itself at 6,000 rpm just like in D and S. Power braking proved slower, as the wheelspin it enabled would upset the non-defeatable stability control. Manual shifting is via console lever (pull back for downshifts). Does not blip throttle on downshifts nor hold gears to rev limiter.
Longish pedal travel but stable and secure stops. Lots of ABS commotion and strong brake odor by 4th stop. First stop was shortest at 122 feet; longest was 5th (out of six) at 127 feet.
Slalom: Strangely impressive and unexpectedly good. Steering doesn't provide much feedback but the chassis is tuned very well. Controlled body roll, and it turns in reasonably quickly and in a linear fashion. Non-defeatable ESC has high limits, only cutting in when you really toss it around. Seats have limited lateral support. Skid pad: Lots of understeer and minimal front grip. Steering doesn't give much in the way of feedback. Throttle adjustments also don't make much difference. Non-defeatable ESC a bit erratic in its intervention, as it massively stabs brakes and cuts throttle, then suddenly allows full power, which makes it tough to be smooth.