It can start in 2nd gear pretty easily. Also, in stop and go traffic, leaving foot off the gas in 1st gear allows the car to crawl without any risk of stalling (unless you hit brake and come to complete stop).
Originally Posted by GregW / Oregon
Yes, you can start in 2nd on the level and downhill, which I do occasionally. I expect it would be somewhat hard on the clutch to do this routinely, however.