The base price of our test car was $24,975. Air conditioning, AM/FM/CD player, tilt wheel, cruise control, power windows, power mirrors and anti-lock brakes are standard. Options on the test car included eight-way power leather seats, power moonroof, side airbags, full-size spare tire, an engine block heater and red pearl paint. The sticker price was $30,020. Warranty
Three years or 36,000 miles. Point:
A five-passenger sedan with 242-horsepower and sports-sedan reflexes is appealing for those who want to mix practicality and fun. The back seat is generous and the trunk spacious. Counterpoint:
More sound insulation would cut down on road noise. SPECIFICATIONS:
Engine: 3.5-liter, V6
Transmission: automatic Front-wheel drive
Wheelbase: 113 inches
Curb weight: 3,511 lbs.
Base pric 24,975
As driven: $30,020
Mpg rating: 18 city, 26 hwy.