This car is patterned after the Renault Tida, which is a staple in the European market. We took 4 grown adults on a beach trip and easily accommodated everyone (and luggage) comfortably. The CVT provides excellent acceleration for keeping up with trucks on the interstate. It feels like a golf cart gas peddle, seamlessly accelerating or decelerating with the pressure on the peddle (no herky-jerky gear shifting).
the continuously variable transmission and the small hatchback design.
I don't particularly like the appearance from the front-view (it's pretty plain). All other points of view are fine. I much prefer the looks of the Mazda3's front end.