There is no question that Kia is an up-and-comer. Their recent vehicles are stunners. The all-new Optima, for example, is one of the more attractive vehicles out there. The Forte 5-door is another prime example. I had this car for a week and absolutely love the way it looks--inside and out. However, I did have a few complaints with fuel economy and ride and handling. I was averaging about 20 mpg in combined driving, when the EPA estimates that you should get 26 mpg in the city and 36 mpg on the highway. Not. Good. And, though the car looks good, it still feels a little cheap. The creaks and rattles were a little too obvious, and the stiff ride was, well, a little stiff. But, if it's better to look good than to feel good ... I think Kia might just be on to something with this car.
Base price: $18,100