2003 Chevrolet Tracker LT 4WD 4dr SUV (2.5L 6cyl 4A)
It is perfect for travel. You sit in this SUV upright so that your back is happy. You can see the road for miles. You can haul most anything on the racks or when you put down the back seats. Low maintenance overall. I want a new one with this is paid off.
It is fun. The four wheel drive is great in the snow. I just cruise down the road without skidding like other trucks and Suv's.
I have had several much more expensive cars, but I love this one the most. The gas mileage is great and it is small and maneuverable and can be parked anywhere! I drive a lot of miles and it is unexpectedly comfortable, even on long trips. Not a huge amount of power (watch out when passing!), but fun to drive. Perfect for toting around 2 large dogs. Had some problems with the power windows wearing out and the exterior portion of the door handles breaking. Other than that, no major maintenance issues (knock on wood). 145,000 miles and counting!
Size, gas mileage, fold down seats in back.
Make replacement parts for power windows separate (so when they break, one doesn't have to purchase the entire motor, housing, etc.)