STAY AWAY FROM AUTOMATIC! I originally had an automatic transmission; it died on me 3 times before I finally converted to 5 speed. The 5 speed if a gift from above, the car is so much more fun to drive, gas mileage went up about 2 mpg's, it's quicker and more responsive. I got the 5 speed with cruise control and I love it. Definitely a good car.
Better suspension. Pretty good amount of body roll, but still very controllable car.