2005 Toyota Celica GTS 2dr Hatchback (1.8L 4cyl 6M)
My first was a '91 Celi Conv. Sold it in 2003 and bought a new one. Celi generally stays within the zip code, but when we go - we are off for a long ride. I get a bit more than 30mpg in town and on the road close to 36 if she's just been tuned and my foot doesn't get heavy. Never had a mechanical problem with either Celica. So with 14 years and 150,000 miles experience, perhaps I'm an expert.
Handles well in traffic, parks easily, mountains are not an issue, gets great gas mileage and I can pack everything I need for 3-4 months in Fla in it. Sporty look makes me feel good about driving it.
I'm only sorry my next new car won't be a Celica. Since they will no longer be manufactured for the US after 2005. Of course I won't need a new car until 2011.