I'm stating the obvious when I say that sedans are everywhere. No matter where I am, downtown, uptown, in the suburbs or even staring at the car in my own driveway at home, sedans are what most people drive. And with a growing number of functional 4-doors available, the car-buying decision just gets harder and harder.
|I had a chance to drive around town in the new 2004 Chevrolet Optra, and it turned out to be a pleasant experience. (Photo: Alexandra Straub, Canadian Auto Press)|
The steering wheel has nice grooves for the fingers at the 9 and 3'oclock positions, the front cloth bucket seats are comfortable, and the standard 5-speed manual transmission smooth. While shifting gears, however, I did notice a clicking sound when I pushed the clutch in. It was a little annoying at first but I got used to it. By the way, a 4-speed automatic is also offered.
|>Despite its modest price tag of $17,465, my upgraded Optra LS came with a number of upscale features. (Photo: Alexandra Straub, Canadian Auto Press)|
Despite its modest price tag of $17,465, my upgraded Optra LS came with a few upscale features including power locks with remote keyless entry, air conditioning, dual front airbags, a tilt steering wheel with flush covers, and cruise control. Plus, a centre storage deposit tray, illuminated ignition keyhole, digital quartz clock, and a non-locking lighted glove box.