I bought this car because my old 94 Escort was a great car. It has 134,000 on it and still runs like a champ. So I got this new Escort (excuse me *ZX2*) and I like it even more. It handles better and is a wee-bit quicker. I have the manual. I wish the engine was a bit smoother. It vibrates a bit, but what do you want for a car in the this price range. If it lasts anywhere near as long as my old Escort, I can tolerate the vibrations of the engine....no problem.
5 speed, big tires.
Smoother engine, standard CD player (does anyone really listen to cassettes anymore...does anyone even SELL cassettes anymore?).