Nice car except for the weak motor
Nothing at all.
The relatively low performance grade has nothing to do with the handling of this car, which is simply superb for a base family sedan. I love throwing this car hard into a freeway off-ramp.
The engine however, is another story. The 2.3L engine (a Mazda design) is very noisy and gutless. Not helping things is the extremely tall overdrive/lockup gearing, in which the engine is barely turning 2600rpm at 75mph. This causes way too frequent shifts in and out of 5th, and lockup on moderate highway grades, which in turn causes blasts of buzzing from the aforementioned noisy powerplant.
The stock radio (non-audiophile, 6 speaker) is quite good for a cheap system. Bass is punchy without being boomy.
The driving position height takes a bit getting used to... it feels like you are very high in the air unless you put the seat at its lowest position. Even then, it is still pretty high.
Gas mileage is great. On long trips I have gotten 32mpg cruising between 65-75mph. Around 24-25 in city/short trips.
Car feels very solid construction wise --- no rattles, unlike the Subarus and Nissans I've had.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 19th June, 2008