The car was visually rough and had some been maintained poorly. The car is fun to drive and built well. It has a zippy little engine that gets great gas mileage on the highway. The EPA rates it at 32 MPG highway, but, I am honestly getting closer to 36 MPG. It handles great on the offramps and has good acceleration at rolling speeds. Not a race car from a stop, but the 5 spd is great on the 30 mile commute.
The 5 spd gearing is wonderful for the highway. You don't even get to 5th gear until around 60 mph. I don't want to post incrimination evidence. So, I will say it will maintain high interstate speeds with ease.
1st and 2nd gears are tough to drive in stop-and-go traffic, but I guess gas mileage would suffer if geared lower.