We purchased this car almost 8 years ago, and it has been very reliable over the years. The engine runs strong, although it isn't the most powerful engine out there. It gets better fuel mileage than I anticipated, and with 189,000 miles on the clock, there are no interior rattles or squeaks and no exterior rust. Recently, we have had problems with the vehicle overheating and the coolant leaks at various places (gaskets are rotting). The steering and suspension can be a little frightening, at highway speeds there is noticeable vibration and grip around turns isn't good, even for a car of this size. Brakes always feel weak, even when replaced, and will begin to pulse on long trips.
Very comfortable interior, good fuel mileage, smooth ride, very reliable until more recently, spacious trunk, high quality speakers, smooth shifting transmission, almost no maintenance (besides oil change/tire rotation).
Sloppy steering, weak brakes, no keyless entry, no inside trunk release (must use a key to open the trunk on the base model), recent problems with coolant leakage, goofy looking front end (bumper comes to a point).