I've driven my friend's VL a couple of times, and it definitely feels like a smaller car to the EA. There are a few reasons for this:
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* the EA-ED driver's seat is on the extreme right with a large centre console allowing for the optional bench seat, which gives a feeling of spaciousness
* the stock suspension is generally on the soft side, and most people prefer to lower theirs. The car feels 100 times more nimble when this is done.
Regarding the steering noises, my friend's immaculate VS does that too - it must be a characteristic of the newer steering systems.
Jack Travis, E-Series Acting President
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