Was somewhat inspired by the ask next person a question thread. If you could buy a vehicle in various price ranges, what would you buy? Notice the ranges below should keep it out of the super exotic and better grounded such that people might even want to look at what you recommend. Also, please explain the reasoning behind it. < $20,000? Probably would look at a Mazda 3 four door with automatic. If you want something a little more sporty, a stick and a hatchback is always an option; though with fewer options. The frugal buyer in me sees this a good intersection of sporty handling and economy. The current year gets 40mpg in real world, not just EPA rating, and on 167HP and of 150 ft/lb of torque. The car consistently gets good reviews as a sporty-ish, fun to drive (good handling), economy car. Most agree the marketing slogan, "Zoom Zoom", fits well with the overall package. < $30,000? Looks like a Hyundai Sonata 2.0t Limited. I'm past my dedicated sports car days and a sporty sedan is more to my taste. It also allows for business as well as the kids and grand kids. Has a direct injection turbo four cylinder cranking out 274HP and 269 feet of torque on 87 octane and still gets 24/34 MPG (26 combined) with real world claims generally meeting or beating its EPA rating. Not to mention the luxury level is what you'd more commonly find in the < $40k range. This car has effectively dethroned the Camry and more or less redefined the mid sized sedan class (almost everyone is moving to 4-banger turbos away from v6s). Honestly, this car is just a sedan but it frequently out performs (both inside and out) others in the sport sedan class for much less cash. What's not like. Oh ya...WTH, a Hyundai? Guess so. And the scary part is, technically you can get in on the ground floor here in the previous price category via the GLS. < $60,000? The BMW M5 sedan departs from the economy category of the others above but in this price range, who cares. This car is renowned for its performance and luxury and I rarely find bad things said. Though honestly, this isn't my sort of thing. If I had $60k to spend on a car, I'd probably spend it on aviation and something in the < $30,000 range. To me, cars in this class are all about showy materialism and that's not me. The sad thing is, for the vehicles I'd been looking at, I haven't found a single US brand which interests me. Not in the least. I'm a believer when people say these companies should have been allowed to fail.