You should see someof the concept cars that I saw at the Cleveland Auto Show this weekend! I'll get some pics up soon... but the one that Lincoln came up with is incredible! You should also look up the Nissan Cube and the Kia Soul.
I first saw them in Paris in 2001 and I thought "wow those are really cute". They are especially handy for parking in the old cities of Europe like Paris, London or Rome. I have even seen them on the 401 between Toronto and Montreal. They look kind of strange right beside a huge transport truck though.
I pondered the purchase of a Yaris, but instead, I ended up getting a 2003 Pontiac Vibe, new car stereo for the Vibe, Sony 52" TV and Blu-Ray player, 13" Macbook, and a Waring Pro rotisserie/convection oven.
I have drive a same car since 1996. It a small local make , 660 cc and get me where I want to go. It save on gasoline, low maintenance and all paid for. My friend suggested I buy a new car....I guess not at this moment. I am a motorcycle guy, as long as the old automoblie can run I stick with it.