I did plenty of research on this, and have not been dissapointed.
I bought a 2011 4 door with the 6 spd manual,
and its been perfect.
This is the best balance of fun/value/comfort I could ask for.
3 months, 3K miles and so far its been great.
I did get an extended warranty just in case,
however so far its been solid.
The car has a very high quality feel,
but you still feel involved as the driver.
Its comfortable and practical when I need it, and its quick and precise when I need it-
I can't imagine needing anything more than this out of a daily driver car.
Roomier in the backl seat than my Volvo S60,
love the look of the car and the hatchback practicality.
Quality materials, responsive engine,
good gas mileage (avg 25-26 mpg local suburban driving), great looks.
one nit- Wish cruise control was wheel mounted,
not stalk mounted-
its not intuitive.