2010 Nissan Altima 3.5 SR 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl CVT)
I bought this car for my wife, who was tired of the SUV thing and wanted a "car". We wanted to get as much car as possible for around 30k, and it seemed our tastes gravitated towards cars near the 40k range (BMW 335, Lexus, etc). We considered used, but really wanted a car to hold on to for a while. Enter the Altima 3.5 SR. I was blown away with how much car you can get for the money. With everything except the Nav, this thing is well short of 30k. And it's a LOT of car for that money. Handles well (just slight understeer if you are going nuts), willing, torquey engine and the CVT -- which I really thought would be weird -- just seems natural. Awesome interior - well, thought out.
iPod integration, seat design, instrumentation and interior materials.
Memory for driver side seating, rain sensing wipers. The rear lights are improved for 2010, but still not a big fan of the styling.