2005 Chevrolet Aveo LS 4dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl 5M)
This is a perfect little car if you're looking for something affordable, not too flashy, but still reliable. I have the manual transmission and although it was listed at 28 mpg in the city, I get 31 consistently and nearly 40 mpg on the highway. If it's lacking anything, it's top speed, but the speed limit is 75 anyway, right? If you don't feel like spending $17,000 just so you can say you drive a Civic, buy yourself an Aveo. It's every bit as fun to drive, versatile, roomy, and a lot cheaper.
Roomy dash space, everything is very accessible. Hatchback is great to have.