+1 on Honda Fit, if your wife isn't looking for something with a little more comfort or cachet. My wife thinks the Fit is adorable. Plus it is extremely practical in ways that aren't obvious - for example it has fold-flat rear seats that give it tremendous cargo space when you don't need to haul people around. Very well thought-out car, and very affordable to boot. If we had a second car, it would definitely be a Fit.