The straight 6 is really smooth, and as the car is very light - it has more than enough torque to get up and going in almost any gear. The six speed gearbox is to the engine. At only 215 HP it seems a bit small, but acceleration is good and sporty.
It has a reputation with consumer organizations for very reliable performance - a real plus when repairs on such cars are so expensive. The "certified" warranty was important to me with this in mind.
I love the high grade leather and the handy storage areas - small, but still useful. The overall quality of the interior is excellent. Dashboard design could be improved, and has been for 2009.