I am a high-spirited driver and drive 110 miles one-way to work, so needed a fuel efficient car that had zip. 10,000+ miles already since June 2008. Depending on my driving habits, I average 40+ highway/35 mixed (highest was 52 MPG for one trip at 60 MPH!). This car has great acceleration when you punch it for entering traffic and passing, but don't expect a rocket car. Maneuverability is excellent, although real tight cornering causes the back end to sway. The seats are not very comfortable for long distances, but I generally like the interior styling. Visibility is excellent, with nice large side mirrors. Nice rear seat flexibility for transporting my big dog and cargo. Great car overall!
Excellent MPG, great engine and transmission, decent cruise control, nice interior, excellent cargo flexibility and capacity, nimble handling, sporty feel in a compact car, easy parking, good safety features, excellent visibility.
Add standard central console for storage and cupholders, improve headlights for nighttime visibility, add a more comfortable seat with optional electric controls, strengthen inner armrest, increase size/length of window shades.