This is my first car, as an early driver I have little experience at the wheel, however have driven many different cars, from different manufacturers. And I can say with utmost confidence that this is by far the best econo car you could buy at the time of manufacture. It outperforms, neons, cavaliers, sunfires. A few races with people with these cars has shown me this clearly, by blasting by them with a smirk on my face as they struggle to keep up. Handling is very sharp, however there is a tad bit of body lean, and brakes are really sharp and when properly used, stop surprisingly fast.
Acceleration, handling, braking, exterior looks.
Little less body lean in the corners would be nice. More traction to the front tires would be nice also especially when launching.
At 115000mi this car has never had a mechanical problem. 48mpg highway, 43city. It's a little to small and high reving for extended highway driving, but as a commuter car it's outstanding!
Best car I have ever owned.
resonable comfort for a compact
good interior space