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 Regal

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.

Volvo C30

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.

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4 Responses to “Nine Most Overlooked Cars”

  1. pat says:

    That picture for the 1 series isn’t a 1 series, its an X1, FYI.

  2. Lynne says:

    I think that Toyota needs to advertise the Scion xD more. With that said, I would also like to see them make the arm rest standard, make the back seats fold all the way flat, and give the option of having a telescoping steering wheel for those of us who drive long distances and have long legs, making us extend the driver’s seat all the way back.

    • Shewolf Herrera says:

      Toyota is a great car. I own a Scion Xa, I can say the only think that I had to replace in 6 years is the battery. But, the customer service and Toyota maintenance is a ripoff. My car used a wireless entry, it was damaged, I went to use my keys, and none of the keys would work on any of the doors, I made 4 copies, none would work except one, to open the trunk. I had to pay five people to climb in through the trunk to open the door, I have only one key to open the trunk otherwise if I lose that key, I’m out of gas. Cars can be great, but when they break down, the service is horrible.

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