This was one of the most fun, well-balanced cars out there if you got a stick-shift. The automatic turned it into an econobox, but with the stick, it was a really well-balanced car for fun driving. Great mileage, an interior about the size of a Camry, and total reliability even though we had it running mainly on NYC and Jersey City streets really impressed us.
General feel, power-gas mileage-space balance
Get those frameless windows adjusted by a pro and they'll stay aligned for a long time. Could have used a better sealed a/c system - after ten years the evap sprung a leak.