2006 Volkswagen New Beetle 2.5 2dr Hatchback (2.5L 5cyl 6A)
I bought the New Beetle to get away from sedans for a while as I had a '01 Taurus (big mistake) and an '03 Camry previously. The Beetle was all a sedan wasn't (unfortunately that also included being practical, easy to drive, and roomy). I kept my Beetle for six months and have since seen the error of my ways and bought an '06 Passat (which I highly recommend).
The styling is young, colors are great, the new red for '06 is the best red on the road...if it would just stay on the car!
Some power steering where the "power" could be felt would be nice. Also, the paint is seriously flawed. It dings and chips with minimal effort. I even had the dealer emblem etched in the paint when I pulled off the sticker. They had to buff it out which swirled the fragile paint and made it worse.