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This is a great commuter car since the gas mileage is good, but not great for such a small car. It lacked power when it comes to continuous hill climbing road trips. Overall the handling is great with sports suspension that came original equipped, rather impressive. It's reliable for sure, not a surprise since it's a Toyota. I still would recommend this car to friends, but probably a manual transmission so the lack of power is not going to be so noticeable.
Pros: Fuel mileage
Cons: Ride55K miles. One problem: cat failed and was covered by warranty. Average urban mpg: 34.
Pros: The Options
Cons: geared weird
Advice: Buy it!!! This car is great for the valueI love my xA! I bought this car about 2 months ago and I just love it. Incredible gas mileage, decent handling, good sound system, comfortable seats. They look so tiny yet there is sufficient head room. My only complaint is that on the highway you feel like you need another gear. My roommate/friend liked it so much he went out and got one too!
Pros: Size of the car (best for petite individual).
Cons: Cargo space.
Advice: Advisable for one person car.This is my first car and I loved it. I also got a lot of praises for people that I don't know (parking lot and gasoline stations) about how the car looks. It looks so unique and nice looking that they thought that the car is an expensive car. On highways, it is a good car to drive too. I did not noticed that I was driving 80 miles already. Also, once in a while, my husband who is 6'6' tall use it and he still fit in it. He said that he don't have problem driving the car.
Pros: Size, gas mileage, handling
Cons: Irritating rattles and buzzes
Advice: Great commuter car, but don't expect a luxury car.In 12 months of use for only severe stop-and-go city driving, this car is getting about 26 MPG. It fits nicely in most of the parking spaces no other car (except a Mini Cooper) will fit into in residential areas of San Francisco. Standard Bridgestone tires on a wet surface can cause an unsettling amount of torque-steer, so don't mash the accelerator on a left turn until you get familiar with it. Passenger space is good up front and decent in the back if the driver doesn't have super-long legs (34+ inch inseam). The car does make some slightly irritating rattling noises in the front dash and front side windows, but what do you expect for under $14K? Roof pillars do cause moderate blind spots, but this is true for most new cars. Dealers were bumbling fools. No, it will not go 380 K/H like a Ruf R Turbo or beat a Viper in a 1/4 mile drag. However, if you want a reliable, well-built, economical commuter, this is a great car.
Pros: Visibility, no blind spots
Cons: No cruise, no keyless entry
Advice: Great little carI was very pleased with this car. I was surprised at the relatively smooth ride. You do feel some expansion joints on the road but you feel them with a lot of cars. The sterio was great. The visibility was the best I have ever witnessed on a car. No blind spots at all. I was racing a VW Golf on I94 where the speed limit is 70 and I hit 90 like nothing. Woops! This car needs cruise control (and doesn't have it). Also, if you want to get in, you have to use the key. It needs a remote. This car is so ugly it's cute!
Pros: Boxy Design
Cons: No map lights
Advice: Cannot recommend vehicleRough ride