Feb 21, 2014
Reviewed By Tony Piff
Price as Tested $16,845: 1.6-L TIVCT Duratech DOHC I4, 5-speed manual
Likes

Fantastic handling. Corners and brakes weightlessly. Quirky, appealing hatchback styling. Superb 360-degree visibility. Plenty of power… at redline. Way more fun than expected for the price.

Dislikes

Back seat legroom insufficient for my six-year-old; rear cargo area pretty dang small. Throwy gearbox feels like a missed opportunity.

Verdict

I am an unashamed fan of tiny cars with tiny engines and upright fishbowl styling, and this car totally rang my bell. Perhaps I expected too much of the 5-speed stick, which was ultimately less “fun” than I hoped for. If I were going to buy one, I’d be sure to try out the automatic. And as much as I enjoyed driving it, I think the back seats might be unusable. But it’s great to find out that there’s a new car on the market priced well under $20k, and I actually really like it.

Fun to Drive
3.5 rating
Fun to Look at
3.0 rating
Overall Experience
3.5 rating
Stats
EPA Mileage 27/38