2005 Ford Focus ZX5 SE 4dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl 5M)
Bought this car for our 17 year old. Chose a new low cost car vs used few year old car. Really is fun to drive, great on gas and yes, very reliable for those "I'll be home when the mall closes" evenings. Found we all use the car for that quick trip down to the store.
We have the 5 door model which makes the car excellent for extra guests and can still put the packages in the back.
Controls for the rear wiper and front wipers are a bit hard to figure out in the dark.