Caspian Blue Metallic ($550), Premier Plus ($2,550 -- includes leather seating surfaces; auto-dimming rearview mirror; adaptive digital TFT display; side window brightwork; silver roof rails; keyless drive with personal Car Communicator (PCC); 17-inch Sadia wheel; rear park assist camera; quick-fold front passenger seat; HomeLink integrated garage door opener; grocery bag holder; power-retractable exterior mirrors), Sport Package ($1,500 -- includes sport seats in leather; -addle shifters; 19-by-8-inch BOR diamond-cut alloy wheels; sport chassis; deletes quick-fold front passenger seat if equipped), Blind Spot Information System [BLIS] Package ($900 -- includes Blind Spot Information System; Cross Traffic Alert; Lane Change Merge Aid; front and rear park assist), Heated Front Seats ($500)
Turbocharged, direct-injected, inline-4, gasoline with auto stop-start
Double overhead camshaft
Compression ration (x:1)
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)
240 @ 5,600
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)
258 @ 1,500
Eight-speed automatic with console shifter and steering-mounted paddles
Transmission and axle ratios (x:1)
The traction control is subtle effective, but disabling it allows a skilled driver to find a bit more grip for acceleration. (Actually, finding the menu to turn it off takes a bit of skill, too -- doubtful most will ever bother). In both Drive and Sport Drive, upshifts are very quick but never harsh. Linear power delivery in the modern turbo tradition that ends up feeling like a much larger motor than it truly is. Consistently high speeds at the end of the quarter-mile.
Brake pedal travel is excessive and so is the amount it travels toward the floor. It doesn't match the rest of the feedback the driver gets from the firm, reactive steering and confident throttle. That said, every stop was shorter than 115 feet, which is excellent. The second stop of four total was the shortest. Straight and without drama or excessive dive.
Finding the Sport ESC setting takes some digging, but it does make the car far more willing to be chucked around the slalom cones. The steering response is quick and reliable. The car takes an immediate set and is quick to change back to the other direction. Everything works better while accelerating, from the steering to the stability control. There was a pretty noticeable difference between Sport ESC on full-ESC on the skid pad, where the throttle was severely limited with full-ESC.