@notnert427: I think I just have too many I'm considering. If I had to make short-short list it would be the Scion FR-S, Dodge Charger, Ford Fusion, Mazda 3, Mazda 6, or Kia Optima. I'm basing this on how I like their outward looks though. Also, all these cars are sorta pricy (all of them except the Mazda : are 20,000 or over. But maybe that's just what cars cost.)
You could go cheaper. You are looking at different classes.
Mid - Ford Fusion, Mazda 6, Kia Optima. I would also consider the new Toyota Camry. Kia and Toyota will be your best bet for reliability and maintenance will also be cheaper.
Compact. Toyota Corolla, Ford Focus (go hatchback), Mazda 3. Again I would go with Corolla for reliability.