I picked the Honda Accord for reliability and safety. The 2001 Accord offers good, but not great mileage. The ride is reasonably smooth and the EX offers 6-CD changer, certainly a plus. Handling on the vehicle is acceptable, but a bit of a dissapointment. Stopping distances seem a little long to me, especially if the anti-locks kick in. Turning isn't as smooth as I'd like either. The exterior, as with Hondas offers no excitment, but one cannot complain about top safety ratings and few-- in fact no mechanical problems at 65000 miles.
CD changer with cassette, cruise, power windows, doors, nice interior trim, adjustable seat height
I would think Honda could do better with the handling. They probably have since 2001. I rented a Cadillac Deville. No contest, Caddy wins by a mile.