Nissan does have some interesting styling lately, but Honda? Toyota?!?
They manufacture Genericars(TM).
They're mostly good and dependable (aside from the aforementioned transmission problems), but even most people who like the cars admit that they're boring.
I think DaimlerChrysler is on to something. They have a way to go yet on quality, but that's also to be expected with so many new models.
Now, if they can just figure out a way to get that new Mercedes-Benz V-6 diesel in some of the Chryslers and Dodges for a reasonable price...well, at least the 3.0 VM Motori CRD, anyhow.
It's personal taste of course. But cars that I've found the body styles very attractive on since I started driving (1990):
Honda Accord 86-89 series (especially the Coupes)
Honda Civic 92-95 (2dr)
Toyota Celica 90-93 and 95-99 (especially the convertibles)
Honda Accord 90-93
Honda Accord 94-97
Honda Accord 98-2002 (I own a 2002 Coupe, myself)
I think Toyota has become sloppy lately, I really don't like the current Celica. The current 4 door Honda Accord also doesn't look good at all. However, the 2dr does look pretty slick. If I were stupid, I'd trade in my 2002 Honda Accord Coupe and get a 2005 Honda Accord Coupe. However, my Accord is paid off already and I am looking forward to (hopefully) 7 years of no car payment! Yahoo!