2003 Ford Escort ZX2 Premium 2dr Coupe (2.0L 4cyl 5M)
I drive on average 600 miles a week, so I've put this car through its paces. I love it. It gets great gas mileage, looks great, runs like a dream. Some people complain about the vibration or the engine volume; but I really don't notice it. My only complaints are that with a 2003 it's hard to find replacement parts if your girlfriend puts it in the ditch trying to drive in six inches of snow.
body style, gas mileage, fun to drive
Its a little light for heavy snow but what compact car isn't.