Bought this car brand new in Feb. 2005 - now has 105K miles and I've never paid for anything other than routine maintenance (although, routine maintenance is a bit expensive on this one, especially hard-to-find tires!) Best features of this car are handling, and interior roominess for its size (I am VERY tall, and this car is more comfortable to drive than some full-size sedans!) Engine performance is adequate at best, but despite this, the gas mileage is subpar for a car this size. (Mileage IS a lot better on the highway, where I do most of my driving)
Reliable, very roomy, looks cooler than anything else in its class IMO. Hatchback is nice.
A comparable combination of performance and fuel economy to, well, any major automaker.