Purchased used from Ford lot during yr 2000. Upgrade options include sun/moon roof and remote key access. Weak on acceleration and tops for cross-country touring/hwy driving. Solid feel with matching reliability. 1.8L fuel injected gets about 33/44 mpg road/hwy, a must in today's economy. Tight in the back for big folk; however, far roomier than the VW Bug. The battery linked factory VW radio was a mess, so I upgraded it with a Pioneer system. Wide wheel base with FWD a plus in weather. Roomy trunk. Lots of elbow room up front. Stout frame is a snap to parallel park in urban places. Nasty tacky exterior rubber door guards fall off too much. Overall: very good touring sedan (A-).
Elbow room in front and trunk capacity in rear. Terrific factory installed sun/moon roof. Interior seats are of high quality.
The rubber door guards are problematic. Also, wheel wells should be larger to accommodate chains in weather. The dash design could have a better cup holder and compartment(s) for toll change/tokens. Dash needs a slip guard between dash and windshield to avoid small items getting jammed/lost.