So, I narrowed down the choices to the Mazda 3, Mazda 6, or Ford Fusion. I'm not sure which of these would be the better car. Suppose I'll research more. My plan is to get this car towards the end of the year after I've saved up some or sooner.
@bradbrains: I'm not opposed to buying used. It's just finding the car, trim, and color I want could be hard.
The Mazda 3 is going to be the cheapest of the bunch. The trim I want is about 19k. The Mazda 6 was 23k. The fusion I think was 27k, and the scion is around 27k as well. Considering I'm only 26 and that my job, though it does pay more than my last, isn't a massive amount I may just got with the Mazda 3. Though the Mazda 6 is very nice as well and may be worth the extra cash. I think I'm gonna skip the scion. Just isn't super practical I think. Plus I need a decent amount of trunk space for my work stuff. The fusion I'm still unsure on, I hear fords depreciate real fast and that the reliability, though better, still isn't really above average.
@maginnovision: my short list is the Mazda 3, Mazda 6, Ford Fusion, and Scion FR-S. Though I may take the frs off because it would be nice to have usable rear seats and I need a trunk that's no super tiny, just average sized.