2006 Chevrolet Aveo LT 4dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl 5M)
I bought an Aveo as a commuter car. I have never driven anything but a truck, so downsizing was a little hard to get used to. I have driven this Aveo everyday for the past year and a half without any trouble whatsoever. I change the oil and perform regular maintenance, but this car has been 100% free of trouble. It runs like a top. I get great gas mileage at about 42 MPG.
Engine is great; hatchback is handy and hauls a lot of stuff.
I added an armrest between the front bucket seats. The ride is very comfortable.