I am 71 yrs young and have owned and driven (56yrs) more than a fair share of all type German,Japanese and Detroit vehicle to include during my military career 130 MPH jaunts on the Autobahn. To date my new 06 HCH is proving to be the best driving experience I've had. Notwithstanding 48+ mpg, room for my 6'3 219 lbs frame, next generation instrumentation, a Bose like sound system, seat bag peace of mind, CVT, I also find excuses to drive this car as often as possible. I have to pay attention to the Virgina beltway speed limits, 75 mph seems like 55 mpg.
MPG, handling, green friendly, engine turn off at full stops, ease of backparking, egronomics and CVT.
Include factory installed XM tuner hardware. Make daylight running lights switch automatically to night operation. Add fog lights,rear window wiper and a high intensity left rear tail light. Leather seats.