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Pros: Sitting height of car
Cons: Cruise control
Advice: Compare to similarly featured Matrix and ProtegeThis is a fun car w/ loads of standard extras, i.e., 6 CD changer, power windows, power locks, cruise, rear de-froster/wipers, adjdustable height driver seat. All of this in a roomy little car w/ a quick engine, excellent for around town trips. I love to drive this car and so does my wife. My wife, 2 kids (in car seats) and our 'stuff' can easily fit in this car for a day outing. T
Pros: comfort while driving
Cons: location of cruise control
Advice: it's an excellent valueI am extremely pleased with my Aerio. I purchased it in April and have not had any problems at all. I have driven it to Minden Nevada, and though the elevation is some 7000' it had no problem at all on the grade. Turns handle well and the manual tranny makes it fun to drive.
Pros: interior space/driving position
Cons: position of cruise control/defroster/rear wiper switches
Advice: Test drive both the automatic and the manual, then decide.Sitting in the back seat first, I immediately noticed the generous amount of interior space. Moving to the front seat, the driving position is supportive and comfortable, with good visibility. The digital instrument cluster is reminiscent of 1980's cars. Fit and finish are good overall, and the vehicle comes well equipped. ABS, floor mats, and an automatic transmission are the only options. There's plenty of power on tap from the 2.0-liter four, but the automatic transmission slightly blunts its performance. Unique styling receives admiring looks and positive comments that the Esteem could only dream of.
Pros: Good seating room in a small, nimble car.
Cons: Lack of coin, etc. trays on the brake/tranny console.
Advice: Compare with other similar vehicles.Seats are a little stiff but comfortable. The suspension lets the driver feel the bumps in the road, but that is to be expected in a small, sporty car. Very good headroom due to the height-adjustable driver's seat; also good legroom in the back seat even with the driver's seat all the way back (I'm 6'2' with a tall upper body and I fit this car well). There is limited areas to put your 'stuff' so will have to settle with the glovebox and a pull-out tray under the passenger seat. The car is fairly quick and nimble due to the 2 litre/141 hp engine. It is relatively well loaded with creature comforts (the only options are floor mats, transmission, and external colors).