2009 Mitsubishi Lancer DE 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5M)
When I started looking for a new car I wasn't sure what I wanted. I drove the corolla, the sentra, and this little baby. I knew that I wanted a strippo to get the price down and I was blown away with this car. It's relatively quiet, it has a fair amount of power and never feels slow on its feet. The thing that sold the car for me was the ride. It's never choppy and I could relate it more to a big car then anything else in its class. The clutch and the transmission is very smooth and easy to operate and to me feels like a manual transmission should. Being that I do live in the midwest I did have to pay the extra money for the A/C which was well worth it. Give it shot.
MP3 CD Player standard, nice safety features, 31 MPG on the highway.
A month down the road I had a problem with the driver seat squeaking, but was fixed... maybe a little nicer seat.