After three weeks of researching and test driving cars, my husband and I finally picked the 09 Ford Focus SE. It has plenty of trunk space, gets great gas mileage, and is fun to drive so far. The other small cars in this class could not match the price nor quality that the Focus has. I'll send another update in a few months after we get her good and broke in. Love this car!
Gauges- miles to E, MPG average; two 12v plugs, plenty of storage in the glovebox, armrest and doors, two different size cup holders, love my color.
Move armrest forward a few inches, fuel door with latch (an added measure to stop gas thieves), more leg room in the back.