I'm looking at a new car mid-year 2009. I'm building my down payment as we speak. Based on the announced prices/models/numbers/reviews, I've settled on a few cars that really get me going:
In order of importance:
1) Performance (hp/tq numbers)
2) Daily Driver (mpg/comfort)
3) Price (under $35k is ideal)
2009 Dodge Challenger R/T (V8 RWD)
2008 Mazdaspeed 3 (I-4 Turbo FWD)
2009 BMW 135i (I-6 Twin Turbo RWD)
2009 VW GTI R32 (I-6 Turbo AWD)
The choices are ALL OVER the place; I love the styling of all of these cars, but the overall idea is something that is CLEAN and AGGRESSIVE.
My main issue is that I have only driven the Mazdaspeed and the BMW. The BMW is marginally faster (thanks to it's RWD and twin turbo V6!) but is less utilitarian. I haven't gotten in a new Challenger, but I have ridden in an 08 4-door GTI. I love the build quality on every car I've been in and the features are mostly besides the point; I'll be ticking all option boxes when it's bought.
What it comes down to is HELP ME DECIDE ARRG!