Originally Posted by BroncosfanGuy
Subaru Impreza WRX
boxer engine, turbo, smooth ride, decent mileage, AWD, affordable, it's a Subaru so as long as you maintain it, it'll probably last a long while.
Check out the STI model
That's probably the best bang for the buck vehicle on the road, IMO. I see a lot of them, drove a couple of them, very nice vehicle. Not a "status" vehicle, though.
Dude in the OP may want a status fast and fun vehicle, and that would be the BMW or the Lexus. The 3 series, the 5 series from BMW or the Lexus IS or GS series. Those are the premium vehicles for fast and fun - with luxury.