We drove the sporty Spectra SX model that features a more tightly tuned suspension than the EX version. Like the Spectra5
hatchback with which it shares its performance...
... modifications, we found the SX more fun in the corners than many other cars in this category.
In EX trim, expect a smoother highway ride in place of that enhanced cornering ability (although the SX rides nicely enough itself). In any case, the four-cylinder engine delivers responsive acceleration and enough power to make the four-speed automatic a perfectly valid option. With the manual transmission, the shift lever functions adequately enough but the action feels awkward and unrefined.