2007 Nissan Altima 3.5 SE 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 6M)
I bought this car used with 19K on it after cross shopping many other models. Great car for small family (< 3 kids). This car is a quick performer with a sportier ride than many competitors (e.g., Camry). I get better than advertised gas mileage with the manual when I am easy on the gas. The controls are logically laid out and easy to use. I like the keyless feature (it's even easy to replace the FOB battery), but HATE the FOB itself (see below). I have driven manual trans. cars for years and years, but this one is very difficult to drive smoothly, especially from 1st to 2nd. I suspect that the gear spacing is just poorly planned. With the exception of the FOB this is a great car!
V6 engine. Very good gas mileage. Availability of manual transmission in a 4 door sedan. Reasonable to insure for how powerful and fun to drive the car is.
The design of the FOB is awful. The FOB's buttons stick out and get pressed whenever you keep it in your pocket. The keyless ignition requires having the FOB to start the car so you have to keep the stupid thing with you. Goes off every time you sit down. No way to deactivate the buttons or "alarm."