This has necessitated many many hours trolling autotrader.com, carmax.com, usedcars.com, swapalease.com and bestcarpurchase.com, followed by more hours talking to Shawn, Geremy, and Akbar.
I have been variously drawn to the Mitsubishi Eclipse, the Toyota Solara, the Nissan Altima, and the Honda Accord. I have learned about leasing vs. buying. I have considered sunroofs, leather, Bose speakers, and highway vs. city miles. I have been saddened to discover that unless you buy a sports car, it's practically impossible these days to find a manual transmission (my beloved Celica's a 5-speed).