The type of car all depends on what your after. For safety and mileage, the toyota corolla is a excellent car and has high safety standards. Another car to consider is a Honda Fit. Spacious, compact, fun to drive and gets great gas mileage too. There's also the ford focus, honda civic and hyundai elantra or the smaller accent. I would recommend looking at Consumer Report guides in a bookstore and see how they are rated, and each cars statistics like cargo room, versatility and bang for buck. Motortrend,com offers good reviews and so does kellys blue book website (kbb.com) even lets you compare multiple cars I believe. Take your time, do your research and even make a list of what you both agree on interms of what your looking for.