I have a bit of a commute and gas prices in Canada are getting near $4/gal for regular, so I need 30+mpg hwy on regular, or perhaps a bit better mileage with premium.
I'm going to stay in the Street classes or maybe street prepared, but no serious mods.
I need back seats only big enough for two kids around 4' tall, but this car isn't going to be the family hauler.
I'd prefer rwd(haven't owned one yet), but fwd with a functional LSD would be OK.
My price range is around $15-17k which seems to get lots of interesting 3-4 yr old cars with some warranty left.
So its ATS, FRS, and the FieSTa that seem to be the obvious choices.
Genesis coupes seem to be more money up here and don't hit my mileage target, the 2011-14? 3.7 track pack mustang gets the mileage but tends be out of warranty in my price range.
Also I like simple cars, so the mustang with the non-DI minivan motor and a manual trans is appealing.
So far my autocross weapons, have been an 85 corolla, a 95 Neon and a 07 Focus wagon, so even the 2.5 ATS or FRS will seem pretty quick.