Originally Posted by ektaylor
I am looking to buy a car to last me the next 5-8 years. I am just beginning my career and I need a car that will last me until I can comfortably buy a newer/next-level car, if that makes sense. I will need to drive a lot and have a car I can rely on. I'm working and living in the North West, for what it's worth.
My price range is ~$20,000 with an absolute limit of $25,000.
Might I suggest a slightly used (or perhaps Certified Pre-Owned) Infiniti G35? A 2007 G35 can be had in the low 20s with ~40k miles. It is certainly sporty (important for a young man) yet well appointed (important should you ever find yourself driving the boss or a client to a business lunch). It is as reliable as any Nissan/Infiniti, which is to say, very reliable indeed.
There is an all-wheel-drive variant as well, the G35x.