This car was a gift for attending an
in-state school, and the money saved
from the lower tuition went to this
purchase. This has been an amazingly
reliable car for all my needs, be it
packing it with people for a night
out, or carrying a load of surfboards.
Side restraints, easy lowering rear
seats, and sporty handling.
This was my first new car and wow,not
what I was expecting. The 2.0 four
cylinder feels more like a six,maybe
thanks to the five speed attached to
it. Handling that feels like a little
sports car, thats what my insurance
company said too. Great audio system
and overall lovability. But like most
cars it couldn't handle black top, but
loved ashalt and black top is where i
wrecked it, thus loved and lost.
Although there was an item or two that
needed attention under warranty, none
of it would affect any major
component, just minor stuff. This car
has been wonderful! It is a pleasure
to drive. There is a nice balance
between performance and common-sense-
economy, and it comes almost fully
loaded, right out of the box.
I love the convenience of the
hatch/wagon configuration. Items
stowed in the wagon part are
accessible and out of sight. Locking
glovebox, a big plus--in this
category. Styling in A+, out of this
world, definitely the best looking in
The rear-defrost and A/C control
buttons are too easy to activate by
accident when making other adjustments
to the climate controls; also defrost
doesn't have an auto, timed shut-off.
No interior hatch release available.
Red, backlit gages can be hard to read
and hard on the eyes.
WOW! I am so impressed by this car and
would more then recomend it to others.
The handling is great, it has alot of
pickup, and a great stereo. Also, its
small sleak and sporty yet roomy enough
for 5. Go buy
the automatic/manual drive
the stereo system
3 shoulder belts in back seat
great safety features (side impact air
well, I have the loaded model so there
really isn't anything more I can ask
for. I am honestly impressed with this
I have had this car for 2 years....no
problems whatsoever! Extremely fun to
drive, awesome handling, and great
interior which does not look like cheap
and plastic like most cars today. We
bought this over a 2001 Passat so you
can bet the car is great! I'd highly
recommend this car to anyone who loves
to drive and likes sporty suspension. A
9 out of 10 in my mind. My next car
will be a Mazda 6!!
Handling by far! The Looks of the car
inside and out.
Gets a little bumpy on certain roads.
Paint that will not chip easily.