The Geo Tracker is a great vehicle all around. Whether you're a seasoned driver or just learning, and with the ever-growing market of upgrades for these cars anyone can make their Tracker their own.
The ride is somewhat rough, but, then again, it is a 4 wheel drive folks. I've driven the 5 speed and heard about the automatic 3 speed and, with all due respect to you automatics out there, I would suggest the manual. Not just for the 5 mpg better than the automatic, but admit it, who hasn't dreamed of going down the highway at 60mph with the wind in your hair and shifting gears.
All in all, the Tracker is NOT a Jeep, but then again, not many Wranglers get 27 miles per gallon either.
In closing, if you are looking for the biggest, brawniest, 4 wheel beast alive, look no further than something else. On the other hand, if you're after fun, affordability, and seemingly endless after market accessories, I think you will find it in the Geo Tracker.