I seriously don't understand how the competitors they are comparing it to make any sense but ok. I guess there are two markets for this car. Those who want the 6 speed k24 aren't going to be people considering the buick verano, audi a3, lexus ct200h. The 2.0L auto version might be the better competitor. I think the 2.4L 6 speed, especially if it comes with a LSD is a healthy competitor to the entry level luxury sports market.