I was looking at hatchbacks for months as a commuter car. I wanted side curtain airbags, cruise control, and 30mpg or better. Compared to the Honda Fit- the seats aren't as comfy and the sport version (for cruise control) costs more. Nissan Versa- the back seats aren't as versatile (don't fold flat) Toyota Yaris- no cruise and not as much interior space Hyundai Accent-no cruise control Chevy Aveo- less power and no cruise control Volkswagen Rabbit- less mpg and more expensive Subaru Impreza - less mpg but a good 2nd choice Suzuki S- less mpg, lack of many dealerships nearby This was the best for the $ overall. It came with everything I wanted standard.
fuel efficiency, roominess for the size of the car, standard features, you really have to check out the back seats just to see how much room you get. They fold flat!
hurry up and get the armrest accessory out! I've seen it in the pamphlet as an item they were working on for fall 07.