Nine Most Overlooked Cars
Kia Forte Koup
Honda’s Civic Coupe is a popular choice among women: It’s cute, sporty, efficient, and super reliable… but cheap, it ain’t. And that’s why we like the 2013 Kia Forte Koup. It’s also cute, it’s also fun to drive, and it’s a lot more affordable — an automatic Forte with air, sunroof, and alloy wheels will run you about $1,500 less than a similarly-equipped Civic. South Korean automaker Kia doesn’t have the same reputation for quality as Honda, and you’ll notice it in the way things work and feel in side the car, but the Forte Koup’s long warranty should help set your mind at ease.
Buick may be an American brand, but the 2013 Regal is actually a German car — it was designed in Europe as the Opel Insignia, and was supposed to be sold as the Saturn Aura before General Motors shut the brand down. So it was shifted over to Buick, but it was never properly Buick-ized — and that’s a good thing, because the 2013 Buick Regal has great steering, a tight suspension, a lot of power from the optional turbo engine, and is huge fun to hustle down a winding road. Lots of drivers overlook the Regal because of Buick’s stodgy reputation, but the truth is that this is one of the least-expensive European sports sedans you can buy.
The 2013 Volvo C30 is one of those cars that never got the attention it deserves. The Volvo C30 is a two-door coupe that features timeless Swedish styling and a modern, easy-to-use interior. The big windows provide great all-around visibility, and the energetic turbocharged engine makes it good fun to drive. The C30’s price is a bit steep, but if you do buy one, you won’t see a dozen other cars exactly like yours in the mall parking lot. It may not get the attention it deserves, but we’d be surprised if the Volvo C30 makes our list of most overlooked cars next year.