I test drove an SXT with the 2.0 CVT transmission.
I liked the car, styling wise etc. but absolutely hated the CVT transmission. It builds up torque like a snowmobile and thats exactly what it reminded me of.
If I was going to buy one it would definitely be with a manual transmission, but manual is only available on the 1.8 engine (which is too small).
I would also be hesitant to buy a north american built 4 cyl engine as most have been proven to be pieces of crap.