Re Echo in crosswinds: it seems almost every review I see on the Echo mentions instability in crosswinds. This is not suprising, since the car is light, tall, and has relatively small tires. So why do reviewers make such a big deal out of it? It's kind of like complaining that a Ford Excursion gets poor gas mileage. Maybe reviewers feel they have to complain about something, even something as subjective as styling, to appear even-handed. A reviewer doesn't have to tell us how he/she feels about a car's styling; it's something we can readily see for ourselves and on which we can make up our own minds. It's a highly personal thing.
Re Edmunds.com's comments on the '01 Elantra GLS, my wheels, that's pretty easy because they have had a strongly positive view of the car, especially during their long-term test. So of course I agree with all of it. Seriously, their experience with the long-term tester mirrors my experience, as I too have a 5-spd (but with pkg 2). I think they nit-pick too much about the lack of a CD player and cruise on the base model. If they wanted a CD player and cruise, they could have bought one of the option packages or easily installed them themselves. It's really not that big a deal. They used to complain too much about the "Korean new-car smell", but they haven't mentioned that one lately.