I have only had it for a few days now but I can't put into words the level of awesomeness of this car.
This car is a bat mobile / tron futuristic spaceship rather than just a car. I haven't even begun to toy with all the gadzillion features it has but I can say for certainty that a trinity of unique style, power, and economy have birthed this majestic wonder.
Test drove several cars from Honda, Scion and Toyota. BORING! Reporters please Stop comparing to a CRX. May I remond you how much you all complained about the styling among other things? The Veloster does many things well and yes it is a quirky car to drive. So what do you get? You get a car that is sporty, different, great gas mileage, huge cargo area, great foot room, awesome features and a blast to drive! It feels much faster than the numbers suggest (though off line is not great) but this is why it turns over those great gas numbers. This car is no Acura, BMW or mini and should not be compared at this price point. I love mine and FYI my other car is a BMW!
I love the look of the car - I have the orange one. I like how fast it accelerates and it gets good gas mileage. The technology on it is pretty cool - like satellite radio and bluetooth and being able to remote start the car. The heated seats are a plus, and it has keyless entry so I never need to fumble for my keys to get into the car. The keys just stay in my purse.
One problem I had immediately after leasing it is that the sound system would make a vibrating rattling sound when I'd turn on the radio at a medium to high volume.
The warranty first of all has a catch. Free oil changes...well if you take it in every 7K miles anything in between is your dime. Read the warranty carefully. The sits were really uncomfortable at first and after major irritation it ended up...just ok. They can be hard to see out of. The cargo area was really nice. I had a roof noise and other rattle noises I had to take it back several times to fix...when you do...they don't give you a rental car...you must pay for it yourself. The fuel economy was fine as long as you drive the speed limit everywhere you go. The tires are crap and when you go to put new ones on the size is expensive. I didn't get the Turbo but should have. Handled pretty good. When you need the secondaries to open they flood and leave you with no power. It hesitated many times leaving me with no power and winding engine. It has so much horsepower then it flattens out. The single back door became a nuisance. The sound system is - not good. Mine was a Remix and when I sold it, it did nothing for me on the sale of it. Cute car but needs alot of work still to be a great car!
I had a Hyundai Accent that was given to me. It was a 98 that I did work on for my daughter. I drove it one day to look at a new one, and saw the Veloster. I didn't know then that I would be buying one in the next few months.
I love the Veloster's handling on the turns, and the great gas mileage, and the 6 on the floor. Everyone looks at it like its from space, and my teens are proud. I get at least 35mpg and I drive long distances to work. It's not zippy from the start, but it accelerates plenty to get up to speed entering the highway. It also turns only 3500rpms at 95, and I wont say what it can do, cause I'll get arrested.