"For the money, it is tough to beat."4.5 starson by willrb2
Pros: Quick acceleration.
Fun to drive.
Standard base model is well-equipped. Newer Pioneer deck for the 2010 model is a step-up.
Cons: Standard hubcaps and gear shift knob are plain.
Dealer offered customizations can be pricey.
Summary: I just purchased the 2010 model- the tech improvement being a better standard Pioneer deck that has a larger screen with 3 lines of text to display your iPod/mp3 music. The iPod navigation of the stereo is very similar to the iPod itself.
The car is affordable, well-equipped for the price, practical, and is a lot of fun to drive. With a manual transmission, the car has zip around fun, like a go-kart, but with a more solid feel of a car. It is quite a bit faster than the Yaris (not saying much) and also quicker than the Honda Fit. If you are looking for a hatch back, definitely check this out.