Powertrain: A 2.5-liter boxer engine with 182 hp and 176 pound-feet of torque is standard; a 2.4-liter turbocharged engine with 260 hp and 277 pound-feet of torque is available on the two XT trims. Both come with a continuously variable transmission.
Technology: The base trim gets two 7-inch screens, one above the other. All other trims get an 11.6-inch touch screen infotainment system. Android Auto and Apple CarPlay capability is standard. Navigation is also available.
Safety: EyeSight driver-assistance technology is standard and includes adaptive cruise control with lane centering. DriverFocus, a driver-monitoring system, reverse automatic braking and blind-spot detection with lane-change assist and rear cross-traffic alert are also available. A front-view monitor is standard on the top trim, Touring XT.
Competitors: Nissan Altima, Honda Accord, Toyota Camry
Strengths: It feels like a lot of car for the money.
Weaknesses: Blind-spot monitoring isn’t available on the base model and is standard only on Limited and above trims.
Bottom line: A day spent driving around the twists and turns of the Los Padres National Forest showed that sedans remain a compelling option, especially at this price.