The car is better than I expected it to be
Rear wheel cylinders (brakes) at 83,000.
Radiator cooling fan at 121,000.
Idler pulley at 138,000.
Belt tensioner/pulley at 138,000.
Idle air controller at 150,000.
Phenomenal average fuel mileage of 34 MPG in mixed driving with an automatic transmission.
The vehicle has survived a low speed front end offset collision, a low speed rear end collision, and a high speed glancing side brush with an interstate Jersey barrier with surprisingly little damage (right front fender, tire rim, bumper cover all repaired with salvaged parts. The only frame damage is from a rear impact, and that is livable without repair as the trunk still operates normally).
Cabin noise is higher than most cars from engine and road noise.
1.9L SOHC motor is not very quick when mated to the 4 speed automatic transmission. However, I've been able to coax more out of it when I've needed to.
I've driven this car twice across the United States without incident. It's great on level ground. It's not as confidence inspiring in the mountains. And unlike some other reviewers, I think the firm seats are better for very long drives.
What I love about this car is how hardy and surprisingly reliable it has been. Very few repairs outside of normal maintenance.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 8th January, 2013