When deciding to purchase a new car, I looked and test drove the 2005 Dodge Neon SXT Special Edition, the Ford Focus, and the Plymouth PT Cruiser. I felt I made the best decision for what I've spent on the car since its initial purchase. Gas mileage in town is around 26-29 MPG and town/highway is around 31. The car is sporty and is fun to drive. The SXT Special Edition package was a definite plus in the factor of my purchase. The kicker 6-disc changer with 6 speakers and subwoofer sounds amazing, although don't expect to blow your doors off. The chrome 15" rims are nice, just not all that flashy. I'd definitely recommend the Neon SXT if you don't want the price tag on a nicer car.
The stereo (awesome front to back staging). The ride is smooth and sporty. Gas mileage is above average. Comfortable interior, everything is layed out well. The car gets looks.