posted on Apr, 23 2011 @ 12:22 AM
Small car (nimble, easier to park, less unweildy), automatic (no killing the engine with the clutch or panicking when stopping on hills), powerful
enough to make way through traffic - but not overpowered, cheap to run.
Ford Focus, Honda Civic, Toyota Corolla, Toyota Matrix, Kia Optima... I could probably keep going on and on. You get the idea. (Larger compacts, but
not quite midsize.) Just remember that some other small cars may offer more novelty - but then they can cost more during service too. And if you go VW
for some reason, make sure to watch your oil level closely - for all that "german engineering", I've heard they go through it a lot faster than
most other brands.
It really takes a bit of test driving to find out what you like personally. But new cars usually have few things wrong with them, the competition is
often tight enough that crap-cars get weeded out of the market fairly quickly. I'd advise to get one with the engine at least one step up from the
base level (Economy is nice, but honestly the car should be able to scoot. There's nothing worse than having the accelerator to the floor and not
going.) and the rest really depends on what the driver prefers. (Seat comfort, how the car handles, ergonomics and being able to make out controls on
tactile placement - so you can keep looking outside while working them.)