I'm looking into proven (no first- or entry-year models) 4/5-door hatchbacks with good to great fuel economy. I plan on having the car for a while, so something that won't fall apart after a few years is ideal. Safety is key, so airbags everywhere, ABS, &c would be optimal.
I'd like a car that's comfortable for all passengers and has plenty of interior space and flexibility. It'll be a traveling and hauling car, but good handling and a decent ride would be a plus. I don't need an excess of features or accessories, but the basics would be nice (though I plan to splurge on a sunroof, haha). So that being said, I like the following four:
- Ford Focus ZX5
- Volkswagen Golf (Is it worth waiting for the Mk 5? How about spending extra for a used TDI?)
- Toyota Matrix
- Pontiac Vibe