Negative aspects- Don't believe any of the other reviews that say the power in this car is good. It is anemic at best. Around town it's good enough, but getting onto the highway can be dangerous with this little power. Even using each gear for all it's worth won't help much.
Handling isn't good, but it isn't bad. For normal everyday driving it's good enough.
The interior is cheaply put together, but then again what would you expect? It doesn't even have a tachometer.
My prizm wasn't equipped with cruise, so long trips caused a certain amount of madness, and stiff knees.
Positive aspects- This car has been bulletproof, I haven't had to replace anything in almost 40,000 miles. My parents owned the car before me and also never replaced anything.
Fuel mileage in this car is incredible. I've got about 38 miles per gallon city and 40 highway.
Car fits very well into tight spaces. Also has a great turning radius, which combined with low gas, maintenance, and insurance costs makes it great for driving in cities.
The ride is actually quite soft, much better than I would have guessed.