Jan 23, 2012
Reviewed By Marc Emerson
Price as Tested $18,695.00 - 138 hp 1.4L turbocharged DOHC I-4, six-speed manual transmission

The 1.4L turbocharged inline 4 is peppy in flat terrain. Exterior is more appealing than the bloated-looking Honda Fit. XM/Sirius radio is a nice addition. Hill Start Assist feature is a welcome addition when accelerating on a steep incline from a stand-still. For the environmentally conscious, the shift indicator on the heads up display will help maximize your fuel economy.


Trunk space is barely an afterthought. Rear wiper motor is extremely loud. When going uphill the car looses any sense of power it once seemed to possess. Seats are a bit hard and might become uncomfortable on a long trip. The stereo audio quality is wanting, and lacks fidelity.


I would pick this over a Honda Fit or a Ford Fiesta. It looks sportier than other cars in its class. This would make a good city driver with its high EPA mileage, and easy to park at only 159 inches long.

Fun to Drive
3.5 rating
Fun to Look at
3.0 rating
Overall Experience
3.5 rating
Horsepower 138 hp
Torque 148 lbs/ft
EPA Mileage 39/40 manual

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