2003 Ford focus. Extremely reliable and affordable.
A solid car. Reliable even into the higher mileage with regular maintenance. The biggest issue has been the brakes. For some reason they need to repaired or replaced more often than other vehicles that I have owned. It is a very lite and compact which makes it easy to park in tight spaces. It would be nicer if it had a little bit more horsepower but it is peppy enough. I have had a couple of problems with the power window mechanisms breaking as well as the radio shorting out. The seats in the front and back are very comfortable considering the smaller size of the vehicle. The gas mileage is very good for the year and it does not take a ton of money to fill the tank. It seems to do well with tire ware even though I purchase mid grade tires. Since I live in New York we get a bunch of snow and this car does very well except for severe icy conditions. The heating and air conditioning has had some issues but not until owning it for quite a while. I definitely would recommend this specific vehicle if you can find a used mid mild version.