Fiat 500. Inexpensive new car that is easy to get into and out of due to tall seats, fun and easy to drive and park anywhere, rear seats fold down to accomodate dogs, groceries, bikes,... rear seat are adequate for adults and plenty for grand kids. it gets great gas mileage and service is relatively cheap. The engine is built in Detroit, the body in europe and its assembled in Mexico. Its sold around the world so parts availability is ubiquitous. Insurance is relatively cheap. And its a cute little Italian car. If you're an environmentalist, there is an electric version if you live in California. And if you want sportier, then the turbo Abarth is less than 25000. Something to consider.