2006 Volkswagen Jetta 2.5 4dr Sedan (2.5L 5cyl 5M)
This is my second Jetta. Even though Consumer Reports gave the Jetta a poor review in 2005 I went ahead and bought the '06. My previous Jetta was a '98. What a great choice that was. I have had it for over two years now and, 24,000 miles later, it has performed perfectly. I still get a thrill out of driving it. City mileage about 24-25 mpg.
Speakers, speakers, speakers. The sound system is awesome. Handling (driving "experience") is great. Fold down back seat options.
Manual shifting is a little rough. Between front seats console could use more convenient storage.