All wheel drive would be an asset in Maine. The Subaru Legacy was just redesigned and the 3.6R shown below stickers around $25k. The VW CC looks nice if you can negotiate the price somewhat to get it below your price level. Other good suggestions, some already mentioned: the Altima sedan, the Altima coupe, the Accord coupe. If you certain that you want to sell the car in a couple of years you may want to consider leasing as well.