2005 Honda Civic LX Special Edition 2dr Coupe (1.7L 4cyl 5M)
I have driven Civics for 15 years now and they only get better. This car just feels fun to drive, almost like a sports car, yet a fraction of the cost. It is also easy to tune because they are so popular that every after- market company makes compatible parts for the civic. Overall I give it a 10.
Manual tranny (much more of a sporty feel), sound system, moonroof, spoiler, rims...goes on and on
Honda should try stuffing a little bit more power under the hood by designing a mid-mount or rear-mount engine, with a beefed up chassis to support it.