My little Toyota Corolla seems to be a good little car. Changing the oil is a pain in the ass, because it's a cartridge filter, but it's a good, dependable, safe little car. I know Geek has a used 2007 Rav4, and it's still going strong. He previously owned a '98 Mazda 626, and that little car was tough as nails. He only gave it up because replacing the CV joints would cost more than the car was worth. Still running well, but she was finally showing her age.
Anyways, Toyota and Mazda are my recommendations. Hyundai is really a coin toss, depending on the year. Stay the hell away from Daewoo and Saturn.