Well, one thing you might want to do is think about your current car.
- What do you like about it?
- What do you love about it?
- What do you hate about it?
- What annoys you, that you wish was easier, higher, lower, louder, closer, farther away, more adjustable, etc.?
Ride with friends, or ask them about their cars, the same types of questions. Read the automotive section of the paper or check 'em out online.
Also, consider what's important to you, you might want to rank it somehow, as in, must have, nice to have, can do without, don't want, e. g.
- automatic transmission
- antilock brakes
- CD player
- room for 4, 5 or whatever
- good safety rating
- haulage capacity
- 4-wheel drive, etc.
We got a Saturn because I had read about them and liked what I read, and my brother had one and he liked his quite a bit. Before that, we'd had a tiny Chevy Spectrum and before that I'd just had used cars, but since we got the first Saturn, well, this is our third. We just like the car, for us it works because it's small, gas mileage is okay, safety ratings are very good for the price (I've been in accidents in this car, and it bounces back better than most cars within the price range), but Saturns aren't for everyone and I'm not trying to sway you.