I love my Scion xA. It is affordible and is very high quality. Also, it's great on gas, which is a major plus with gas prices at the level they're at today.
I love my Scion. My favorite features are the great sound of the radio, steering wheel controls, leg room, and how it handles like a big car on the road. Its interior and seating are very spacious for such a small car. It turns on a dime. The xA provides great quality for the price.
Put a light down where the cup holders are. Cruise control would be nice on long trips.