2007 Chevrolet Aveo 5 Special Value 4dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl 5M)
GM cannot figure out why they can't sell cars. Here is a pleasing, cool, practical contender in the Mini club but who's to know? Great gear box, precise steering feel, amazingly quiet with a compliant, controlled ride. The only weakness I could find: the seat has little support (you sit on it, not in it) and the headrest is somewhat annoying and doesn't support the head comfortably. But, a definite "must drive" when considering Fit, Yaris, etc. A well developed package for all-around use that puts a smile on your face.
Steering feel, gear box ratios. Peppy engine, especially with the 5 speed box. "Cool" styling. 15" alum wheels and spoiler.
Seat needs more lateral support. Headrest continually bumping into head. Shifter is rubbery. Needs to feel more precise, connected, and sporting.