I have owned a string of Japanese cars for the past 20 years including 2 Camrys, Corolla, Sequioa, Maxima, Infinti, Sentra, Frontier plus a few domestics, Cavalier, Corsica, Dakota RT, Durango, Contour V6, Corvette, and a Taurus.
I grew up up on Pintos, Dusters, and other rust buckets.
Plus I have rented 100's of car of all various makes and models.
This is by far the biggest bang for the buck I have ever owned or drove.
I have the base model purchased at a steep discount but the car still far exceeds my expectations.
The 1.8 engine combined with the manual 5 speed is a hoot to drive.
It feels quick, handles great, and is reasonably comfortable and quiet.
Driver's seat and telescoping and tilting steering wheel. They adjust from a 6'7" person (who had to pull the seat up a little bit) to a 4'10" person (who pulled up almost to the wheel). Drivers seat is height adjustable.
10 Airbags, 4 wheel ABS, Stabillitrack, OnStar all in a sub$13,000 car?
Clutch is smooth and engaging.
There is also a two second brake hold on steep hills that allows you to clutch out and gas it with out rolling back.
It loves to be wound up and drove fast.
Hatch with fold down seats makes for great cargo carrying.
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