I had this car for 17 years before having to make the sad decision to let her go at 225k miles when she had electrical issues that were going to be to pricey to fix.
In its early days I experienced gas mileage in excess of 50 mpg hwy and nearly 60 mpg
on long road trips at approx. 70 mph.
Even when it got older she still got over 40mpg highway but I chose to no longer take her on long road trips for fear she wouldnt make it.
This was also the best car I have ever driven in the snow.
I never got stuck once.
Wish I could find another one.
I'd take it in a heartbeat.
I bought this car for my then 16 y/o daughter as a 'disposable' vehicle with the intention of replacing it within 6 months or when she totaled it... Well, 8 years later and the car is still going strong. It has has several repairs due to use and abuse but it has performed flawlessly overall. Now, it is the pride and joy of my youngest son who keeps it in tip top running condition. He is always looking for ways to better it without altering the original package.
Its easyness to drive. And the heads it turns.
It could be a little more comfortable. But what can we ask of 150000 miles?
Performance is what can be expected from a small car that gets 40 mpg. I find it low to the ground and have developed a way to climb out. Bad backs beware. Interior is very roomy and can fit three bales of hay inside. Seat plastic is cheap, lots of head room. I'd want it to die so I can justify getting another car, but it won't. Tires last 20,000 miles. All in all it is the least expensive transportation I have ever had or can find again at .04 per mile. I have 130k city miles, three teenagers who have learned to drive on it. Goes great in the snow as long as you don't stop on a drift, it sinks.
Cost per mile, sharp turn radius, head room, easy to drive.
Better seat material. Slightly larger brakes so as to stop quicker at highway speeds. Faster heat for winter driving. Never seems to warm up for the short hauls.