I didn't read the article. Just Metro's summaries. It sounds very reasonable. However, I don't know about zippy in traffic. It sort of lacks the ability to zip, and it sort of wollers around on it's suspension when pushed. I do think it sort of sneaks around. I.E...
The other day, there were herds of steam rollers lined up at a traffic light (going to my left), and I was at a T-intersection with them. I was pulling out from a little access road. I needed to cross them all, get in the far lane, which is a right turn lane within the intersection they were all piled up behind. There was just enough room between the front and rear rollers of all those barges, I just drove through them ... like stationary frogger. I'm betting there were some soccer moms going, "ohh, eww, he's not gonna make it..." But I did easily, and paused and looked real good before pulling out into the far right turn lane (because it was still open and moving), there was a gap so I proceeded. Everything went real smooth. I would not have done that in my Lexus. And my truck would not have fit. Therefore, I think the car kind of sneaks / snakes around. And parking is not even a thing. It parks so easy, even a cavewoman can do it (ok, not really).
"Suffers on the freeway?" The only way I can think that it suffers is that it gives up some mpg if you run it 75+ mph. But what car doesn't? I don't consider that suffering. I will admit that if you drove it out in to some big wind, it's going to get blown about somewhat. But there's not much of that issue down in the dirty south. Outside of having some concern of being rear-ended by a ... how to say this, 2004 Malibu rollin' on 22's doing 95 mph inside and on the perimeter of the Thunderdome, I think it is a freeway jedi. My LS 460L is a freeway Sith Lord.
View my fuel log 2020 Mirage ES 1.2 manual: 42.7 mpg (US) ... 18.2 km/L ... 5.5 L/100 km ... 51.3 mpg (Imp)