My XE is the 5-speed manual version, which I bough new 9 years ago. Only minor repairs so far. I took it to windy mountain roads - the handling is very good for a non-sports car. The turning radius is phenomenal -- out-turns almost all cars. Responds to the gas pedal swiftly and energeticly. Reliable, fun to drive. Outclasses its competitors: Civic and Corolla. A hidden gem.
Incredible turning radius. Powerful for its class. Nice handling. Beautiful and understated exterior.
Seat belt doesn't retrieve well. Front visors don't detach from their perches easily.