OK, call me crazy and laugh at me, but this is the best car EVER. (Well, maybe just for me). It admittedly isn't a race car, but that's its only shortcoming. It's perfectly comfortable doing 75-85 on the freeway, and if you get the manual transmission, you can get the hang of speed shifting it, so it keeps up with most cars from a stoplight. (Don't get an automatic). I'm convinced that this little SUV came out a decade before its time. With Smart cars, Mini Coopers and other small cars gaining popularity these days, this little car makes sense -- and at a fraction of the cost of a new car.
Here's what I like so much about it:
Uses regular gas.
Gets between 30-35 mpg.
Easy to drive, very comfortable, lots of headroom.
I even like the funky "retro-80s" interior.
Great heater and A/C.
Everyone thinks it's a new model of car.
The T-tops are awesome! It's a convertible SUV.
Parts are cheeeeep and easy to get.
Easy to squeeze into tight parking places.
It's so danged cute.
People love it and ask me about it all the time.
Leaves a small "carbon footprint".
Easy to trick out if you want to do that.
Totally affordable fun.
Plenty of room in the trunk and behind the seat.
Rides high and has big windows all around, so the visibility is great.
Great Alpine stereo.
Practical for a single person or a couple with no kids.