4) Kia Forte
The Forte is an extremely versatile compact car from Korean auto makers KIA. The car is being offered in two-door coupe, four-door sedan, and five-door hatchback variants.
US retail prices for the 2017 Forte start from $16,600. This practical car comes with a 2.0 liter DOHC, 16 valves, inline 4, dual CVVT, MPI diesel engine which produces 147 hp @ 6,200 rpm. Power goes to the front wheels via a 6-speed automatic transmission.
The apex model is called the Forte EX. It costs $4,700 extra and comes fully loaded with a range of features. These include heated side mirrors, heated and ventilated front seats, windshield wiper de-icer, rear-camera display, a 7-inch touchscreen with mobile device compatibility, steering wheel mounted cruise control buttons, and push-button start with smart key and immobilizer.
The Forte EX also features an electronically controlled 6-speed automatic transmission. The driver can choose between three driving modes including ‘normal’, ‘eco’ or ‘sport’.