#17 Kia Forte Koup
PRICE (BASE): $16,959
SPECS: 2.4L, 173hp Inline 4; MPG: 22 city/31 hwy
• Four years ago, a designer left a high-profile German auto company to head the design department at a small Korean auto company. That man's name is Peter Schreyer, the company he left was Audi, and his new employer was Kia Motors. Yep, the man that designed the Audi TT left to build cheap econo-boxes. And, well—so far, so good. One of the first models released under his reign, the Forte Koup, looks like it could rock the emblem from any of Japan's big three. Kia's on the come-up.