As a car person, you're more likely to get asked by people about which car they should buy. Often, this just means convincing them not to buy a Corolla, but sometimes people listen and end up getting a great car. What do you end up recommending most to new people?
My go-to answer for a long time was "Jetta TDI Sportwagen" because, in almost every case, it would do the job better than a Prius or a Camry. The only Sportwagen they sell is the old one and, should you get a good deal on it, I say go for it. But they're going to have to update it soon for my recommendation to stand.