I bought my Corolla in 2009 with just under 72k miles on it.
I had a few issues at first but had it VERY thoroughly inspected (every nook & cranny) and found out the issue (the rear brake drums had never been turned), fixed it, and haven't had a lick of trouble since. The car currently has 117k miles on it and runs like a dream. It had it's first tune-up last summer and that improved the mpg by 4, so now it gets about 36 on the highway. I plan on driving it until it finally dies. It's economical, reliable, mechanically sound, and is just an all-around great car!
4 doors, air conditioning, stereo, power everything
more leg room in back seat. also back seat is hard to get in and out of if you're tall like me (6').