If I'm still employed by May 15, it's probably safe to buy a new car to replace my 2008 Toyota Corolla. Between trade-in and savings I can pay cash if it's less than $30k.
So, I am looking for suggestions. My needs are simple. A 4-door, compact car with good MPG, gasoline or hybrid (not all-electric because I have no place to plug it in), reasonably aerodynamic (none of those square boxes), automatic (because my knees can't do a clutch), and powerful enough to safely accelerate to the speed limit on our insane freeway on-ramps.
Not a Toyota, because their quality is slipping. Not a German car for personal reasons. Any input on Ford and Chevy would be appreciated, even if it's not your fave.