A great bet
By Luke on
2001 Chevrolet Prizm LSi 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl 5M)
Although not the most stylish or fast, this is truly a reliable car. First one that I bought and owned, I haven't had a major problem after 60,000 miles of driving. The only problems were a burnt out light bulb in the dash, and a little leaking brake fluid now that my brakes are getting to the point of needing replacement. It handles fairly well in the snow with the cooper tires on it. The side air bags give it a good safety rating, and the overdrive on the Lsi means great gas mileage. I know there's a Chevy emblem on the front but there's "Toyota Corolla" printed on the gas cap ;) It's just a good, solid car.
Reliability and ease of maintenance, heats and cools quickly, the cruise control joystick, gas mileage.