I have lived in Costa Rica for more than 10 years now. During those years I have always had a car. I purchased a Toyota 4-Runner when I arrived. It was a really nice ride. Manual transmission (fun to drive here) and had all the luxury features most cars have these days. It even had a sunroof which in Spanish is quema cocos (burns your head).
I had the rental car for an extra few days. I decided to take a peek at the Caribbean region of Costa Rica. We were just near a volcano, rainforest and now with the extra few days to myself, I take off to a completely different region. The Caribbean. Amazing.