2003 Mazda Mazdaspeed Protege New 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 5M)
This car has been a blast to own from the very beginning. The handling is awesome and even commuting to work is a little treat each morning if you can imagine that. Mazda has pretty much fine tuned everything so I didn't have to put any extra money or time into it. Awesome. It's been very reliable, and with the 4 doors, it's a nice hybrid between comfort and sport. Very roomy on the inside. Rims and stereo were a nice touch. Styling hit the spot; for the price you can't beat it!
Turbo, handling, overall look and styling. The fact my wife likes it too and that the dogs can easily get into the backseat. Sporty rally car meets practical commuting family car.
Maybe a little more refinement on the interior. Other than that, can't think of much.