Um...its ok. Car handles pretty well. Not as well as my 06 Accord 4 banger, but not bad. Acceleration is adequate for most driving situations. Top gear acceleration on the highway is dreadful. Smooth shifting of the 6MT takes a bit of getting used to. I think it shifts like a truck. But then again, I'm comparing it to my 5MT Accord that had a buttery smooth Honda shifter. It would shift gears as fast as my hand and feet would move.
Overall, the 2.5 is a utilitarian engine. Don't expect any thrills unless you buy the turbo. Definately don't expect much if you get the CVT.