"I had this car for one year (LsI version, automatic) and I had no problems with it; I bought it used and beside few aesthetic problems, the car was running great. I drove it for about 5,000 miles and the only reason why I do not possess it anymore, it's because I had a bad accident that destroyed it.
Although some reviewers are not enthusiastic about its performances, I found them very satisfying, instead: the overdrive system power down the car in order to limit the gas consumption, but if you don't use it, you will have a very reactive and fun-to-drive car with very little expense of gas. Decent acceleration, excellent brakes and ABS.
The trunk is wide enough to load two big bags.
Too bad, the back seats were not so comfortable. I'm pretty tall, so I had to slide back the driver's seat; that leaves little comfort to the passengers on the back.
Despite of that, the seat is comfortable enough.
Due to my accident, I can also testify that the car is designed to absorb even great impacts, making it safe. I was hit on the back while I was standing on the road, by a sedan that was running at 50 mph. The car crashed against a SUV that was standing in front of me. The car was trashed but I get only a cracked rib despite the seriousness of the crash."
"To start, I've always owned low cost vehicled. I purchased the car October 2012 for $1,000 & used it to commute the 15 miles to work. In November I planned a trip to drive across the country, vising Colorado, Arizona, & California along the way. The car burned about a 1.5 quarts of oil for every Tank and a half of gas (roughly every 500 miles). I wasn't 100% sure if she would make it back, but she did. I had no problems driving her 6500 miles in 2 weeks, & I was incredibly impressed other than the oil burning.
When I returned to Upstate NY, winter was in effect and snowy, and it handled the snow fine in some Winterforce tires and considering the size of this car, I was very impressed with its handling in winter-time. Since then, I've been working and driving the same 15 mile commute on a daily basis. Other than needing an minor exhaust repair, she starts and runs great every day. I'd recommend this car to anyone based on it's reliability, durability, and longevity."
Pros: "Great gas mileage, reliability, dependable."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"I bought this car new in August of 2000 and it's now December 2011. It's been a great car. The only thing that I had to fix is the clutch, but that is because I had a teenage son that drove it for 5 years. I've been the sole driver of it for the last 3 years. I drive it all over the place because of the great gas mileage. There is one trip that I took recently driving at 60 miles an hour to see what kind of gas mileage I was still getting. I got 46 miles to the gallon. I couldn't believe it. It was the time of year that I didn't have the AC on. I have 148500 miles on it and it will probably double that."