Tepid acceleration with the base engine is the Lancer's only big fault, but mainstream models offer little to lure buyers away from higher-profile rivals like the Ford Focus and Honda Civic. [...]
Proteges often are overlooked by subcompact buyers. Too bad, because their roominess and driving pleasure equal--and even exceed--a Civic, Corolla, or Chevrolet Prizm. DX sedans, in particular, [...]
Prices have been attractive on the new-car market, and similarly tempting on used-car lots. Kia spokespersons claim their cars' resale value has been strong, but it's definitely not in the same [...]
Best suited for undemanding, low-speed running, the smallest Kias include plenty of features for their low-budget price. In addition, Rio a surprisingly well-built car that, with Kia's strong [...]
While not the best of the bunch, which includes the more refined Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla, Excels offer a lot for a far more modest price. For buyers on a budget, an Excel is worth a look...
Overall, Elantra rates no higher than average, but came better equipped than most competitors. Workmanship cannot match that of most rivals, so be sure any Elantra is inspected carefully before [...]
Elantras match any class rival for refinement, space, and comfort. Hyundai's compact sedan also beats most of them for safety with standard front side airbags, curtain side airbags, and ABS. A [...]
Civic has long been tops for small-car refinement and driving fun, and the current generation shapes up as the best one yet. With its fine reliability records, Honda's solidly built subcompact is [...]
Dynamically, Civic matches the class-leading Volkswagen Jetta and Mazda 3. That's high praise, even if the Honda isn't quite as substantial feeling as the Jetta; or, except for the Si, quite as [...]
A high comfort level, for the subcompact league, puts Prizms just below Honda's Civic for all-around appeal...