Yes, Shayaan is right. The Mazda6 (even the I model) is a sporty sedan that will suit your needs just fine. I'm actually looking into them pretty thoroughly, it is essentially Mazda's pseudo-replacement for my wonderful Millenia (and the 626.) The 6I could be had for well under 25k with options, the more powerful S model could be had for under 25k but will be a bit higher with options. Apparently the handling is exceptional, just like many Mazda's. The Nissan Altima is another good one. However, the 3.5 SE model can get close to 30k with options. Good luck and dont hesitate to ask more questions.