When looking for my own first car, I was lucky enough to have my Dad pay for whatever I wanted. I got to test drive an older Eclipse, and a Z28. Even though i was pretty torn between the Z28 and Mustang, it was really no comparision once i really thought about it. Sure the Z28 is so much faster, but the inside is pathetic and so out-dated. Mean while inside the Mustang is completely different which included a Mach 1000 Sound System. Stick is more than worth it.
The Mach Sound System, manual tranny, power seat (i'm pretty short so i need that) The Gauges are extremely easy to read, yet aren't cheap or out-dated.
Still kinda cramped, people 6 foot or taller do have some problems getting into car, still not a huge deal.