With the S2000, the two mufflers give the exhaust a duality that just isn't there with a single muffler. A single muffler on a S2000 drones and sounds cheap. It's mostly cosmetic though and my only point against the car.
I would rather have dual mufflers on a IL4 than fake hood and sidescoops on a V8 musclecar (mustang).
The Sti has quad exhaust off a 4 cyl.
You got me good you facker
If you don't agree with what I said, cool, no problem here, but the fact is, that arguement has been done to death and it's just stupid. The fact is the cars ARE capable of hitting the EPA numbers if driven in a way that lets you hit the numbers, if you don't drive them that way, they won't.
Don't think too many people are going to miss the MT on the Sonata, but the fact that Kia doesn't offer it on the Optima SX is silly.
A bit surprised to not see the revised, toned-down grill.
Smart move tho in moving the pana-moonroof onto the premium package.
Why you wouldn’t (buy an Optima SX):
Because you have your eyes on the Frigidaire Limited Edition Camry that you saw last weekend at the neighborhood Autoplex.
Interesting article from Cars.com/Kicking Tire regarding M/T in the family sedan segment:
I've summarized the article for the lazy - you are welcome
1) M/T take rate in the mid-size segment: ~4%
1a) Among all Sonatas sold last year in the US (about 226K units), only 1,725 of those were M/T - that's an astronomical 0.8% if my math is correct; no wonder it was canned, I mean, why bother!
2) Out of 13 midsize nameplates, less than half even offer a manual option (someone please check out of those, how many are offered from base to higher trims, my guess, 1 or 2 at most).
3) Improvement in the fuel efficiency on A/T trims vs. similar M/T trims cited as a reason for the low take rate.
Last edited by joe97; 05-11-2012 at 09:45 AM.