I've had this car since January 01. It's fun to drive, handles very well, has excellent passenger room and trunk space. Good small car for mostly in-town use that I can take on a longer road trip and it doesn't beat me up. I only drive it 8000 miles per year so I might have it another 8 years if it holds up. I've had some occasional minor but annoying throttle body sticking since I bought it. The dealer replaced it once under warranty, but it still sticks periodically.
Handling, stopping, interior room, trunk space, distinctive look, great visibility, excellent sound system, good fuel economy. It's a fun, competent car.
20% more horsepower with the same fuel economy, more insulation from road noise.