I have had it for a year and I have saved lots of money on gas. I have only had to do normal maintenance on it! I have peaked up to 46 miles a gallon, but stay around 39-44. (I don't pass 2500 rpms) It has treated me very well and hasn't hurt my pocket book too bad. I would recommend the standard only, it has saved me from a few tight spots that an automatic wouldn't. It has a weak engine, but it is easy to manipulate with a standard and handles well. Remember though, this is a compact so it isn't the smoothest ride nor the roomiest, but I don't mind it.
Love the gas mileage!!! I my self can work on it as well. The CVT makes all the difference.
My windows keep derailing!! it isn't hard to fix, but keep tools in the trunk, you can fix it in a half hour if you know what you're doing. Don't get power windows!