2005 Honda Accord EX 2dr Coupe w/Leather (2.4L 4cyl 5A)
I wanted a reliable car with decent acceleration, looks and gas mileage at a reasonable cost. My Accord delivered on all accounts. I test drove the V6, but was impressed enough with 4 cylinder to go with that. I wouldn't say it's "fun" to drive, but its not a slug either. On- ramps and (reasonable) passing are no problem. I currently have 65K on the odometer and the only thing I've replaced are the tires (at 55K).
Reliability and low cost of operation. Interior controls are very intuitive and easy to operate while driving.