I inherited this car a few months back, literally owned by a little old man. Four cylinder is sluggish from the start, but comes alive once it is rolling. Transmission seems well suited to make the most of 2.4 liters. Body style and interior are plain but functional. Actually, the body style grew on me.
Quiet ride, even at high highway speeds. This may be partly due to the tires, Goodyear Assurance. These tires never squeal, even when pushed hard in exit ramps. Stereo has plenty of punch for me. The car just has a proper solid feel.
Perhaps moving up to a 16 or 17 inch rim with a lower profile tire would further help handling, but I believe the models with alloy wheels take care of that.