Although I rarely get advertised 39/44 city/h-way mileage, it consistently provides more than 30 mpg without noticible lack of power. Going to the hills is another subject though... Handles nice and very nimble. Haven't had any mechanical failures yet, but been having problems with warping rotors. Dealer insists that it is my driving, but when it consistently happens in less than 8,000 mile interval on the same wheel, I suspect the otherwise. But there isn't a sure way to prove it... Overall, a great performer for what it's worth. So far it only consumes gas, oil, air and break lining.
Clutch and shifting mechanism... Car shifts nice and crisp out of factory and cluth is very precise.
Different tires would be nice. I changed tires after reading horrible reviews and it makes a world of difference. Perhaps it should have been so from the factory. Further more, how about a bit lower profile tires?