I have owned or leased at least 60 vehicles in my lifetime. This particular vehicle is one of the best in its class. It is well designed, is very stable, is fun to drive, is quiet, and gets great mileage. I have read a lot of reviews and have not found any of the negatives that others have reported. Yes the cupholders leave a bit to be desired and the front visibilty is a bit impaired because it is not a curved windshield. However, this is not a big deal. If you want a great domestic vehicle, ignore the skeptics and buy or lease this car.
Great gas mileage (30+), quiet interior, great exterior styling, very good interior styling, plenty of pep. Braking is excellent contrary to other reviews. Driving is fun. Steering is tight and controlled (good). Visibility is fairly good. Large exterior mirrors. Very roomy cargo area.
Include a center storage area and better cup holder arrangement (cup- holders are OK but not great), front windshield is straight - not a wraparound - so visibility to the driver side and upward toward stop lights is somewhat restricted. Not serious problems.
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