2002 Volkswagen Passat GLX 4dr Sedan (2.8L 6cyl 5M)
I spent 6 months car shopping and researching, and test drove over 12 vehicles. The Passat stood out from the pack. It has a head-turning exterior, a sumptuous, well-appointed interior, superb German engineering, and is a fantastic bargain when you consider how many features it has (in GLX model) that competitors charge extra for. This car is fun to drive, and exciting to own.
Favorite features: night-time instrumentation; fantastic Monsoon sound system; leather/wood interior; folding key; trunk is absolutely huge; every switch lights up at night; ergonomics are first-rate; Climatronic heat/ac system; heated seats, telescoping steering wheel with radio controls...
OK, so it's not PERFECT. There is very little storage space in the cabin; there is a slight hesitation when you first step on the gas from a dead stop. However, these are minor concerns. This is a fantastic automobile that will make you feel like you spent a million bucks.