2009 Volkswagen Rabbit S 2dr Hatchback (2.5L 5cyl 6A)
Great little car, it feels very solid compared to other small cars in class. Independent suspension, great 6 speed transmission, 5 cylinder engine, add up to a lot of value for about 18K. Uncluttered instrument panel. Drivers seat great for taller drivers. Gets up and goes when it needs to.
Very comfortable ride. Problem with most small cars I've had in past is that on long trips, road noise, low car weight, and underpowered engines kept me at home. This 09 does very well on the interstate and as quiet as my E series Benz.
The blind spot on driver's side a little worse than I am used to. Side mirrors probably make up for it.