Mom loves her Tracer. hers is automatic, but wasnt listed as an option for review. Shes got about 150k on it now and has never really had any major issues mechanically or otherwise. Last month it was running rough. I pinpointed some dry rotted hoses and lines, replaced them, and car runs like new again. Only just recently has it started slipping 1st gear while 1st getting started. After it warms its fine. Trans fluid level is fine, so may be solenoid or filter. Its overdue for that and a flush anyway. Great mpg! Not designed for taller people over 6'. With seat pushed back, I have to stretch my arms straight out to grab the steering wheel. Mom is short tho, so it fits her fine. Good car.
Reliablity, low fuel consumption and costs, good handling for a basic looking compact 4 door sedan, easy to work on, and solidly built for what it is.
Ergonomics for taller drivers, sensitive gas pedal, road noise, poorly designed radio/climate control cluster panel(replaced with aftermarket panel and stereo)