I think the best cars on the market right now are cheap, 00's era manuals. They have fuel injection, good brakes, good crumple zones, often have an aux port, have the same fuel efficiency as your average new car and when you adjust for how cheap you can get one, cost less than a hybrid to run.
Especially if you structure your lifestyle to barely drive - I go through 1.25 tanks a month in my 08 accent, which is less than I pay for internet. I paid 6000 for the car a year ago and plan to drive it for 5 more years and sell it for 1000 dollars. The car's gas, depreciation and insurance (liability only because it is a cheap car and I have enough saved to buy a new one just like it) cost me $2500 a year plus about $250 in random bullshit like putting snow tires on, undercoating it and oil changes. If I budget $1000 for one major repair, it costs 3000 dollars a year to have my car. And if somehow it ever loses it's mind and goes full throttle I can put it in neutral.