The Mazda Demio is a favourite of ours - it's super economical, very zippy, is well built and looks great.
On long trips this little car drives and handles like a dream. Holds the road, corners well and the great ride means there is little fatigue over long trips. The car has plenty of power when needed and the acceleration under load is also excellent.
Controls for the air conditioning and stereo system are all easy-to-use chunky knobs, dials and buttons. A lot of handy storage is built into the dash.
The back seats fold down and creates room for more cargo in the expanded area.