I was shamed by my sister into replacing my gas guzzling Jeep Grand Cherokee for my new daily commute when I moved in with her. I missed the noise and drama of my old car, but began to appreciate the precise handling and economy, after choosing it for it's safety rating. I tend to have a lead foot, so it helped me enjoy driving with finesse and agility. Keep away from the z rated tires (too noisy) and learn how not to bottom out, and it will serve you well. I really learned to love it.
I call it a "My Size Celica", as in My Size Barbie. I am an average size woman; 5'5 1/2", and it was made for an average to small sized person. Everything is within reach and fits me perfectly, not a huge guy. Hugs the road.
It tends to bottom out - needs a flat playing field.