The best parts of owning this car can be defined by me in 4 components: Cost, Comfort, Reliability, Performance.
Cost: I took advantage of the low payment SMartBuy ($240 with no money down for 4 years), but I own it and can trade anytime! I do a lot of highway miles and I average 35 to 38 miles per gallon, very impressive, but then again this car leads it's segment for fuel economy. In the city I get mid 20's. The car has an Oil Life Monitor, so it lets you know when to change it. My first oil change was at 6,742 miles, and I just had my second at 13,768 miles. Cost is important to me, and this car reaks of affordability.
Comfort: Huge cavernous space for 5 people very comfortably and on long trips, it's great. The back seats fold down, and the trunk is very wide and deep. I can put a 6 foot ladder in the trunk and it sits just behind the front seats. The passenger seat folds down flat and I can put objects longer than 8 feet in there. The Base has a power driver seat height adjuster, and a telescopic and tilt steering wheel make the perfect seating position easy. Access to the radio, CD player, information center and climate controls are easy and require no stretching, and I am short.
Reliability: I have had literally no problems at all, nothing. The only times I brought it by the dealer was to get the oil changed and tires rotated. I prefer the dealers and their prices are the best, plus the work is guaranteed. This is a brilliant machine and no problems are a testament to the great work put into designing and building this car.
Performance: The 2.2 Ecotec is a strong runner, and gives me plenty of power to potentially meet police patrol cars, but I have been lucky. Even loaded with people and stuff, it's got the power you need. The car is built on the Epsilon platform, same as the current SAAB 9 series, but the ride is incredibly smooth and quiet. The Electric Power steering is smooth and easy at any speed or when stopped. Turns on a dime and handles extremely well around corners. The automatic transmission has an auto-stick feature for low gears, and is easy to use and figure out.
Power windows, power door locks were standard. ABS was optional, but I did not get it, and after a year of driving it and one winter, it's okay without it. The only option I got was the keyless entry and cruise control, on the steering wheel.
Great Car, Great New Body, Great Deal!