I am currently in the market for a new car. My old Mercury Sable LS (1988) has finally reached the point where investing in repairs happens almost once a month and is getting to be one hell of a drag (no pun intended). So, I am in the market for a new car. I'm looking at getting a Ford ZX2. Has anyone heard about these as far as safety issues, quality, etc.? These models are not listed in Consumer Reports yet. Not sure if that's a good thing or a bad thing. Does anyone have recommendations as to any other brands/models I should be considering? What features (minimum) should I look for in a new car? It has to be under $14,000.00 (might be able stretch to $15,000.00) as that's pretty much all that I can afford at this point in time.