You have to like 2 door cars, the versatility of a hatchback, and a slightly noisy ride, but this is a fun car to drive. The engine is 160hp and it will acceleratequickly. The front seats are supportive and the shifter is in a unique location.
This car has everything I want. The lack of rear doors is compensated by the folding back seats. I can easily fit skis and snowboards in there. The mileage is obviously less than advertised. I get about 24/34 city/highway, while redlining it after every red light and toll booth. The goofy-looking thing has its own personality. It feels like a puppy who wants to sprint, just give it a little incentive. The shifter is easy to reach and the suspension is not too rough and hugs corners swimmingly. I have easily fit 3 people in the back, and the front bucket racing seats are amazing. No other car I have driven has the same sporty feel as this one. And i owned VW's, mercedes, ford, and acuras.
The engine is powerful enough to haul the car's weight and make it sprint at any speed. The seats, the shifter, and the interior are very thoughtfully designed. 3 cupholders and tons of shelves for sunglasses, phones, etc. The engine sound is a nice low purr.
Make the oil filter easier to reach. I never had to change my oil at a mechanic until I got this car and it is impossible to get to from underneath or above.
forester X - very nice overall, too
much $$$, vague stick, not sure I like
vibe (AWD & FWD) - very noisy, no
power in automatics
mini - very nice, but dealer too far,
element - drives like a truck
Driver seat with great support.
Shifter and clutch are so nice.
Blasphemous, but stock stereo system
sounds great to me.
Subdued, yet sporty looks, e.g. red
stitching, nice, simple looking wheels.
Not for poseurs (Scion's
brochure/magazine/DVD turned me off
One more top end gear (or overdrive) for
quieter cruising on the hwy.
Make moonroof opt., side airbags std.
AUX port for stereo, or at least
HVAC knobs where you can feel the
settings by hand.
Power steering feels a bit light at
Remote hatch release.