Bought used in 1996 with 54,000 miles. Now have 132,000. Only major problems have been the front axles (one replaced under warranty, the other was out of warranty and cost $300), the radiator ($400), and a component of the ignition system ($200). Definitely not bad for six years and 78,000 miles of use! Another point: the proteges seem to be much more rust-resistant than some other Japanese cars of the same age...
Responsiveness, seating position/visibility, reliability, gas mileage.
Wind noise at highway speeds, seats could be more supportive, suspension could be firmer (ride is a bit soft).