I have to agree with you on everything except for the exterior.
The 3.0 I drove wasn't broken in, but even at the lower revs it had more grunt than the 2.5. The sound was very civilized, despite the 'engine subwoofer.'
The steering is smooth and responsive.
I'm just lovin' the car. Vicariously, for the time being.
"This is a revolution, dammit! We're going to have to offend SOMEbody!"