2007 Nissan Sentra 2.0 S 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl CVT)
OK, it's still not the flashiest thing on the highway, but what a GREAT car for the money! The Sentra is so smooth (love that CVT) and quiet (much quieter than the Civic or Mazda 3) and has so many cool features (choose the convenience package for sure) that it is very hard to beat. (Warning: it is easy to exceed the speed limit without knowing it - that's how smooth and quiet it is.) The interior is very comfortable and above average in looks - controls are well placed and uncomplicated. In the first month of driving the car is getting 33.6 miles per gallon, not bad, and I expect it to get a little better as the car is broken in.
intelligent key, CVT's feel and gas mileage. Other than that... it is all about the ride!
A telescoping steering wheel would be great as well as a remote window lowering (like the Altima has) to let the heat out of the car before you enter. I also miss the auto-dimming rear view mirror with compass I had.