Sounds like a learning opportunity to me, mpress. Why don't you give her a budget and tell her to develop a short list. Then help her figure out projected costs, reliability, etc. That way, she's invested and has hopefully learned something about cars, car buying, and car ownership. She may even get a car SHE likes.
That said, the FIAT 500 seems super cool - I'd take a look at that one. Not sure about reliability - it's pretty new. The Hyundai Sonata seems to be a hot car right now, but it's not cheap.
Last edited by starryeyed; 05-30-2012 at 06:02 PM.