Basic reliable transportation
Been a very reliable car for the most with a few minor repairs. Had to replace CV joints, clutch, battery and alternator.
Get good gas mileage (33mpg). The 1.8L with the five speed is pretty peppy. Have owned Esteems with the 1.6L and found them to get better mileage but sluggish performance.
Car is not very comfortable, trunk is fairly small and folding down the back seat won't help much. But if you need something economical and reliable the Esteem is a good bet. Japanese quality that costs a lot less than a Honda or a Toyota.
Most common comment I get is that the car looks "Cute".
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 7th August, 2009