I love it. This is my 11th manual transmission vehicle and it's one of the easiest I've had. I really like that the drivetrain is set up longitudinally so the shifter is more directly linked into the transmission. The drivetrain set up really sets it apart from the other econo cars.
I also like that the AWD is 50/50, don't need to wait for slipping, you have 50/50 AWD right off the bat.