Price: Base, $13,499; as tested; $14,744 (including $435 destination charge) Engine: 2.0-liter four-cylinder; 140 hp at 6,000 rpm; 133 lb-ft torque at 4,800 rpm EPA fuel economy: 22 city/31 highway 12-month insurance cost, according to AAA Michigan (*Estimate. Rates may be higher or lower depending on coverage and driving record.): $1,266 Where built: Ulsan, South Korea What we liked: Super value for under $15,000; one of the most powerful engines in the class; roomy; lots of standard features on GLS; five-year, 60,000-mile warranty is better than the ones offered by Lexus or Mercedes; finally, fabric and upholstery that doesn't look like it came from the Third World (Anita).
What we didn't like: Driver's seat is complicated to operate; traction control not offered (Anita); anti-lock brakes are part of an $1,875 options package; no side air bags (Anita); automatic transmission is extra $750 (Anita); buzzing sound in instrument panel noted at speeds over 70 mph; clunky transition from reverse to forward with automatic transmission.
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