This is the 2nd 5-speed Prizm I have owned - the other I bought new in 1998 that my 6'4" son drives now (tight fit) & has 125K miles. Ownership experience great for both. 32- 38 mpg depending on conditions. With high gas prices have taken on longer trips recently (10+ hours). The Prizm is designed for commuting around town but the seats are bearable for longer distances by buying a memory foam car seat on eBay for ~$30. 5-speed is the way to go - great stick and it provides the flexibility to delay shift if more accel. needed. Leased 2002s are on the retail market now but most are auto. Great cars!
Gas mileage; reliabilty; good pep with 5 speed; decent handling; ABS Option nice to have in bad weather like we have in upstate NY
Seats uncomfortable over long distance (helped w/ after market cushion); little leg room in rear; would be nice to have split rear seat (only LSi has); seat fabric avg; tach should be std on 5-speed.