I have little experience with cars and have never owned one. I have ridden bicycles all my life. But lately, I've been thinking of buying a car, mainly for greater independence and relatively unlimited, fast, physical-effort-free long-distance mobility. I am wondering what type of car would appeal to a bicyclist like me (and you). Can some of you provide me with evaluations of good cars from a bicyclist's perspective? I mean, what should I look for? Manual or automatic? Small or medium size? What should I prize: fast acceleration, high top speed, low fuel consumption, good handling, hybrids? To be sure, I cannot afford expensive models and will go for a used car if I ever buy one. And I don't want to make the investment and buy a car only to find out that it does not appeal to my bicyclist mentality/personality.