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Totally Un - impressive
Pros: None tremendously disliked this car . Its worse than a stock auto.
Cons: the fact that I own it and its my only car.This auto has a no tech package and came with a key entry system,its a uncomfortable ride, I stand only at 5'2 and it has no head room , many times I hit my head getting into this car is so stressful to drive seat is uncomfortable on a long ride it makes me tired has no cruise control its boxey in its handling on turns,has no pick up so it can not change lanes effectively or merge onto interstate traffic it won't ecelerate unless you floor it hard. other driver's frequently harass you that are behind you since they can't comprehend why your not moving.This car may be usefull to a new driver or a driver that only use's it for short neighborhood errands.
Pros: Sporty look, roomy back seat.
Cons: see aboveThe secret is the gas cap never fits very well so your engine light comes on and stays on costly mistake thinking the Catalatic converter was bad, anyway to fix it 'NOPE' ,the lumbar support broke the first week we owned the car. Wheels/rims have to be replaces often then bend easily. Several recalls. And bumpers are easly damaged backing up into something. Over all the cost of this car you get what you pay for it, actually has more power then you read about, gas mileage is also better. Mine is almost paid for will be good for another five years then I will go back to a American Truck that by then may get better gas mileage. Also be fore you ship a car to another state make sure this car was sold there, and can be serviced there, this model was never sold in Hawaii, and is serviced by a Toyota dealership garage.
Great little car ... and cute, too
Cons: The only weakness I can see is that the paint is very thin, thought the color is great.I love this car. It's fun to drive and very comfortable, with better seats than Honda or Subaru (our last two cars). It has a fine Garmin navigation system, and true keyless operation ... and the sound system is much better than H & S, too. We're at 3200 miles now, and getting about 29 mpg avg.
Cons: red backlite on the radio is hard to read
Advice: get the touring package has a lot of options I wish I had gottenI have the CVT transmission which takes a little getting use to but has much better performance and is smoother than the 4 speed auto in the 2009, would've got the manual but I do a lot of stop and go driving. For a small econo car it's got some pep especially in the manual transmission setting. The AWD is great on snow and ice, but had to get snow tires the ones that come with aren't up to handling really bad ice/snow conditions (I live in Colorado)
Pros: volume on the steering wheel
Cons: the way it drove in rain and snow and the way the horn was situated
Advice: Keep looking around--don't let the appearance fool youI loved this car in the summer, but where I'm from, the winters are brutal and I need a car with good traction when the snow would stick. The Forenza was my worst nightmare, and it spun out from behind me many times, even when I was going very slow. Great for zipping around town if you live somewhere sunny all year long, but if you expect weather like rain and snow at all, I would not recommend this car. Traded it in for the Subaru Impreza.