Jul 01, 2006
Reviewed By Paul Duchene
Price as Tested $20,840

197-hp, V-Tec, twin-cam, four revs to 8,500 rpm cutoff, sounds great. Oddball dash layout works, with dominant tach below digital speedometer strip. Six-speed is slick and well-spaced, pedals good for heel-and-toe. Great brakes, super-stiff chassis with front suspension towers linked to A-pillars, firewall. Cross-over wipers fun to watch. Big trunk.


Engine holds revs after you lift. Rear visibility poor; mirrors must be set carefully to avoid blind spot. Hood is invisible, hard to estimate where nose is. Rock-hard seat bolsters jab you as you slide in, bound to wear. Huge windshield likely to be expensive.


Gen Y and Ought magnet, judging from stares. Tuners will find another 100 hp. Hints at next model, as 3-box morphs into egg shape. A lot of bang for $20,000 but Subaru’s 4WD, turbo WRX is only $4,000 more.

Fun to Drive
4.0 rating
Fun to Look at
2.0 rating
Overall Experience
3.0 rating
Horsepower 197-hp