I'm taking my road test on Thursday. Unless I do something catastrophically stupid, I should pass first time. In theory. Anyways, I was thinking about what I might get as a first car, because I don't want to be stuck driving my dad's hand-me-down Prius, which is boring and always pulls to the right.

There are a few basic criteria it must follow, in no particular order. a) Save the manuals! Three pedals and a movable device in the center of the car are key. b) Fun to drive. c) Tune-able. I might want to get more out of the car at some point. d) Safe(ish). This is my parent's criteria. e) Cheap. Below $20k, but preferably below $15k.

Any ideas from you Opponauts?