I bought the EX Sedan in July of 2003. The Car has been a fantastic buy. I put zero down and could sell it for more than I owe. The only complaints would be: more headroom, sunroof eats up a bit, bigger trunk, my '89 Mazda 323 had WAY more, put better tires on it from the factory, the Firestones only lasted 31,000 miles and were VERY noisy, Goodyear Assurance's fixed ALL tire concerns. The great things are: great build quality, great mileage (38.5 highway), resale value, longevity, etc. I will run it 'til it has 200 to 300k on it and still get a good price for it. Great commuter and traveler car. Obviously not for 5 people, but have done 3 adults, 2 dog crates, luggage & got 38 mpg.
More trunk space, headroom improvement w/ sunroof, steering wheel mounted radio controls, better sound system ergonomics, outside temp guage and compass on EX, the price is a little steep for that model, should have more features, better factory tires on EX model