For the price, this car is too much fun to drive. It's got great handling, ample power when needed, good fuel economy, looks sharp but not gaudy, and is very comfortable. These were my main criteria and this car is the best balance of these at this price range. I also looked at the Mazda6 which I considered the closest comparison based on my criteria. In the end an easy choice. I suspect the main knock is that you are paying a few $K more for a glorified Accord. There is some legitimacy in that argument but once you get inside that will melt away. I love this car. Do yourself a favor - the 6 speed manual box is really sweet and is an absolute must!
Hands free, dash is understated cool and well designed. Fits my 6-2 frame nicely. Xenon lights and overall well-proportioned and classy looks.
The utility storage compartment is pretty worthless. The cup holder door should rotate towards the passenger side. I live in a rainy climate and when I open the doors, they drip well into the seats.