I like this car for the gas mileage and the cost of ownership. The car is rated 36/44 city/hwy; I am getting 40- 42 mpg in suburban driving. The 5spd stick shift is very smooth and is fine as long as you're not dealing with bumper to bumper type driving. Get the CVT model if you deal with gridlock! This is a great little run- about suburban type car. Plenty of power on the low end if you need it; it has a VTEC engine. I like the fact this car is giving me 40-42 mpg with proven "old" technology. The car is noisy. It could use some better sound proofing. The front seats could be a bit wider as well and also raise up a bit. The gear shift knob is a bit too small for me.
1. Instrumentation panel is very nice and easy to see; adjustable lighting day or night. 2. Silky smooth shifting 5 speed transmission. 3. Surprising power on the low end for get up and go. 4. Surprising number of options for such a basic car. 5. Great milege without having to buy a hybrid!
1. More soundproofing/deading. 2. Wider front seats. 3. Bigger gear shift for those with larger hands! 4. Offer small fuel efficient vehicles like this with loads of options like power windows, heated leater seats ,etc.