I’m in college and have been driving a hand me down car to college, the seat broke but it’s my dad’s car and he won’t allow me to fix it or replace it because he doesn’t think it will look good.

This has given me chronic back spasm issues and I have missed work and school multiple times because of this, including today. I’m done with it and need to buy something that will be better for my health.

I’ve been saving and have a budget of $4000 to spend on a new daily. I drive 50 miles per day 5 days per week to go to work and school so it needs to be relatively fuel efficient (minimum of about 19mpg). I’m also 6’3” so it needs to be able to fit me comfortably, it should have excellent seats in particular. I would also like a manual transmission and something that doesn’t constantly need repairs. I can wrench so that should help with maintenance costs but I’m not making a ton of money right now. On the plus side my dad will pay for PLPD insurance while I’m in college so I don’t have to worry about that. Also I live in the metro Detroit area so it will have to handle awful roads and harsh winters. So what should I buy?

Specific cars or people you know looking to get rid of a car would be cool too.