Got the LS (w/auto) under cash for clunkers. Outstanding car, especially at the price paid. Ride, handling, features all excellent. Lot's of fun to drive, and nearly as versatile as a minivan. Seems to be very well built. Base model plus auto and roof rack has everything I need. I drive in heavy stop and go traffic daily, but have improved my gas mileage by more than a third. My only complaint- the basic stereo! Has all the features you might want, but sounds like a 1960's pocket transistor radio. Spring for the upgrade if you can.
Cargo versatility, ride, handling, gas mileage, appearance.
Lose the lousy base audio! And, as most have noted, cupholders and storage are merely adequate.