I've had this car for over a month now (1250 miles) and love how well it handles. I love the manual trans and I'm comming from a BMW 328 CI manual! Gas milage is edging up with every fill up. Now avg 29 - 30 mpg only because it is fun to push it around corners and thru traffic. Very comfortable, quiet and user friendly. Sports package is a must! It's still new enough in my area to draw stares, smiles and an occasional nod.
So far looks to be a great choise!
5 Sp manual, handling, styling, drivability, quiet cabin and comfort.
The gas, break and clutch pedals are just a tad to close together.
Bore out the 2 liter to a 2.2 and drop in a 6 speed. Just a tad more grunt would make this car stellar for the cost!