"Agreed with all others, reviewer needs to be slapped."4.5 starson by jwlee1979
Pros: Extremely quick car, superb handling even on stock tires, beautiful power delivery, stylish, roomy, economical even on premium fuel, comfortable seating even for 4 adults, tons of trunk space, OUTSTANDING REVIEWS FROM EVERY OTHER BESIDES CNET.COM
Cons: Digging deep there are few cons for the price. Road noise a little high, sound quality is a little weak for a Bose unit... especially when compared to the stock unit in my 07 Mazda CX-7, but it's not horrible as the reviewer described.
Summary: Bottom line, if you want something quick, fun to drive, safe, and reliable, you CAN'T find a better car for less than $25k.
The reviewer for Cnet should have done a little more homework during his "less than acceptable" review for this vehicle. Check Consumer Reports, Car and Driver, or any other reputable automotive reviewing source before taking the word of this idiot. It has been a Consumer Reports "Best Buy" for two years in a row, and Car and Driver's "Best Sport Compact" for three years strong. I have owned this car for almost a year now, and have put just over 7000mi on it. Highway, and city streets. The car has performed flawlessly! I bought this car after owning an Audi A4 1.8T for the past 4 years. It blows the Audi away as far a performance and handling is concerned.
Basically put, this car is flat-out a thrill to drive every day. Always puts a smile on my face. Either pushing it hard, or putting around, the car performs superbly and is by far the best car (in the price range) that I have ever driven.