Cars are a direct extension of a person's image. If you drive a Toyota Corolla, you have the typical "my parents purchased a smart and reliable car for high school" image. If you drive a Hummer H2, everybody thinks you're a dickhead who doesn't give a shit about anything but size and overbearing presence. The point is, people judge off what steering wheel you're gripping, and if you play your cards right, you can project a look that's probably a little better than your actual status. Not-so-popular manufacturers like Kia and Hyundai are building vehicles that are cheaper, but still have characteristics of high class cars. By driving them, you can impress without making it rain right into a fire pit. Take a look at the Optima, the Sonata and eight other affiordable cars that make you look rich.