My wife and I couldn't be happier with our car. You really can't find a better car without spending a lot more money. We get excellent fuel economy (mid 30's everyday, 40+ on back-road road trips), without a bulky hybrid battery and without compromising safety, comfort or performance. The FWD provides great traction; we had a brutal winter last year and only got stuck once, when we got high-centered in several feet of snow. The interior is well thought-out, with plenty of cubbyholes and cup/bottle holders - great for road trips. MP3 CD and aux input are nice features. We haven't babied this car, but with regular maintenance it still runs and drives like new. Haven't had a single problem yet.
Fuel economy, design, comfort, handling, interior layout, reliability, performance in mud/snow, MP3 CD player
Cheap OEM tires, unrefined engine noise, buzzing/rattling in interior