Easy cargo loading, hatch is rock solid, suspension feels awesome, interior is nicer than I expected, and the fuel economy is great. Sits high enough off the ground to be comfortable, and for a person of medium build like myself, the car is very ergonomic. Everything feels well constructed.
This car offers great MPG, small enough to fit in most parking spaces (particularly when parallel parking.. let's face it.. it's a nightmare in LA), and perfect for my daily needs. Most folks waste lots of gas, money, and space by driving around in huge SUVs they don't know how to drive... more folks should be driving smaller cars. It just makes more sense. For the 1-2 times (if even) a year you actually need a larger car for something, just rent it. You'll be doing yourself and the planet a favor. Got the hatchback since it offers more cargo room. My bicycle is pretty big, so it fits (with some maneuvering) as long as the back seats are down and the front seat is pushed up slightly (with the front wheel of the bike off, of course).
I absolutely love this car. It was a HUGE upgrade from my last car (which was a 96'). It is amazinggggg on gas mileage. I can get about 450 miles to a tank; so that's about 35 city and 47-50 highway. There are lots of cup holders and plenty of places to charge stuff. It also has a huge trunk. The few things I don't like about the car could go either way. I kinda wish I had more backseat space for passengers; but since I travel alone and I'm always on the go, having the large trunk makes up for it. The high beams on this car are not as bright as my car from 1996----which is a little shocking. Lastly, I wish the CD player could hold more than one disc. All in all, definitely one of the largest purchases I've ever made, but worth it!