2002 MINI Cooper S 2dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl S/C 6M)
The MINI Cooper S is, without a doubt, one of the greatest autos ever delivered to the masses. It combines just about every ideal for a car, from safety to sporty, economy to performance, capacity to compactness (read "park it anywhere"). I've had mine for a year and have literally nothing but praise for it, and can't wait to drive it every time I've got to go somewhere. Now I'm just wondering when the honeymoon will end.
Size for parking is #1. Gas mileage, grip and cornering, acceleration, huge sunroof, transmission.
Seats are comfy, but could be a little better for longer rides. Engine/road noise is great for the sporty feel of the car, but can get tiresome if you spend the whole day driving. Stock stereo could use an upgrade (standard AUX input would be nice).