I can't say anything about the new ones, but my Mom just got rid of her old Protege that she'd had since like 1990 2 years ago. That car really went the distance. We did lots of trips in it, plus she works out of her car. Like a few hundered miles in just a day sometimes.
She has a Mazda 3 now and loves it too. It's really comfy and has lots of cool gadgets inside.