Compact, reliable, but not weak
2009 Toyota Yaris Base
This is the car I've had the longest, and it's been incredibly reliable for me. Mine is a manual, which I love. It shifts seamlessly, for the most part, and it's a really easy and reliable car for everyone. I don't struggle with engine power or anything of that sort, despite it being a pretty small car. It gets usually around 35 mpg, which is great and keeps my gas costs low. I don't think I've ever spent more than $25 for a full tank in this car, which is incredible. All in all, it's reliable, inexpensive to maintain, comfortable to drive, and incredibly user friendly.