2002 Buick Century Custom 4dr Sedan (3.1L 6cyl 4A)
I bought my first car 20 years old. I bought a used '76 Century. I loved that car. I took a huge bath by trading in a '00 Volvo S40 that was mechanically unsound to come back to an old friend. I'm glad I did it. This car gets better mileage than the Volvo and I know it won't be in the shop every four months. I like the ride and have no problems with the handling. I guess it's what you're used to. I also have a '91 Reatta and have owned 2 other Buicks.
The stereo is excellent. Trunk is very large.
Make cruise control standard (I don't have cruise on mine and I know I'm going to miss it).