The car has fantastic grip with seemingly endless limits, all with an excellent ride, IMO. The steering has a near perfect weight to it, though not as much feedback as the Protege I had before this.
There is a certain boldness, with a touch of aggressiveness to its stance. All the lighting elements are a work of art at front and back on this car. The sedan is even better, it looks just so right. I needed the utility so sedan was a no-go for me.
So far I have hauled a 42" plasma TV, a patio table and a snowblower in this car. It has also served me well on various excursions to Ikea.
I find the engine extremely smooth and quiet, almost to a fault. I have forgotten to shift on the odd occasion due to lack of audible noise. The power seems perfectly linear from about 2000 rpm on up. The shifter is very precise.