I'd get the Mazda3 hatchback like I'm getting from my parents, but then get a custom paint job to make it either metallic, slightly-orange yellow or a metallic, reddish burnt orange. If trading in an equally-peppy but more fuel-efficient engine (or electric) was possible, that'd be awesome.
Edit: Or honey-colored. Something in the yellow-orange-burnt orange range of metallics!
Edit Edit: and being able to flip down all seats but the drivers could be nice, like the Toyota Matrix