Currently living in Japan, but next year I will be going home to America for grad school and I'm already eyeing cars. Having my first new car in Japan, I'm spoiled on new cars now and during grad school I do NOT want to worry about anything. I love BMWs, as I've had two, and I could get a pretty nice Z4 when I come back, but it would be on the tail end of the warranty, and that's not a good thing with a German car. There are a lot of nice cars I could get in the low-$20k range, but I've decided new is the way to go at this stage of my life--I simply want something with a full warranty, zero miles, and no headaches for my daily driver. I'm looking at cars in the low-$20k range and the two I like the most I think are the Civic EX-L Coupe or the Jette SE. Civic Coupe EX-L ($22,745 optioned as I would like) Pros: --Reliable --Leather Seats --Coupe --Better gas mileage Cons: --140 hp 4-banger -Mildly Ugly Jetta SE ($22,497 optioned as I would like) Pros: --Maybe a little classier --iPod hardwire available from the factory --170 hp 5-banger (pro?? lol) Cons: --No leather seats --4 doors --Poor man's BMW (I've had two real BMWs...) --Worse gas mileage --Less reliable, at least long-term Right now I'm leaning towards the Civic as the list of pros and cons shows. A Honda Accord Coupe would be nice but it's just a tad more than I want to/need to spend. I'm hoping I could get either of these for a flat $20k out-the-door depending how desperate car dealers are given the economy. I also considered an Altima Coupe but considering I love the 350/370Z I'd rather just get a used one of those so the Altima Coupe is out, and the Altima sedan is out since I'd rather get the coupe if I was getting an Altima. Also looked at a Mazda or two but Mazdas don't really do it for me to be honest. I should also say whatever car will remain bone-stock. No I won't chip it, no I won't throw rims and bodykits at it, nothing except window tint. I've already got a weekend toy of the RWD American V8 variety and am looking to buy this as a daily driver. I'm curious which you would choose and why, or if anyone has any first-hand experience/impressions of either car. Thanks.