My first car was a Mitsubishi, and It was a great car. It had over 270,000 miles on it when I sold it and it was still running strong. I only had to do about $500 per year in maintenance on that thing even then.
I now drive a Toyota Corolla, and like it pretty well too. It's reliable, runs well, and gets great gas mileage, which is important when you commute 150 miles a day.