Fell in love with this car the first time I drove it. Unfortunately did not wait for the 2008 model (would have loved to have Sync). Mileage is good for the size; controls are relatively easy; plenty of space for myself and family. Drives well on mountain roads. Mileage averages around 20 mpg with most of my driving done on mountain roads and city streets.
Exterior and interior design as well as mileage are probably my favorite features. I feel safe in the car with the side and front airbags. Handling is tight - which I like.
The air conditioning/heating system is hampered by a terrible delivery system. I was hoping they had improved this for 2008, but based on the comments here it does not look like it. Side mirrors could be improved-lots of blind spots on driver side. Rapid acceleration a little sluggish.