Driving a diesel has been an interesting experience. It is slightly slower to respond vs a gasser, but it is wonderous on the highway when you need to pass or accelerate on an on ramp onto interstate. Accelerating from 50 to 80 is effortless for this car.
I am averaging 39mpg with mixed driving. It would be higher but it is a fun car and it is difficult to maintain discipline for an entire tank of fuel. 500 miles is a long way to drive conservative lol. My economy keeps rising as the engine breaks in which can be up to 60000 miles. I love that it is as efficient as a hybrid, but does it at 80mph and doesnt feel gutless.
This car stock handles like a dream. Ive had chevy, ford, nissan, dodge vehicles but this one performs way better. the steering is responsive and smooth. the suspension gives just enough road information to make the driving fun but not annoying. a real dream to drive.
The fit and finish on this car is the best Ive ever owned. I didnt realize how badly put together my nissan was until I looked at it again after buying this car. the parts are completely symetrical. no gap difference from left to right. the gaps on the dash are so tight together you can hardly see them.
The trunk on this car is cavernous! When I test drove the car and salesperson popped the trunk i gasped! I had to step back and look from the side again. I just could not believe the trunk space was that big in a compact. Then he folded down the rear seats LOL! You can laydown lengthwise and not hit foot or head!