After about 15 years of buying and driving used cars ('83 Buick Skylark, '86 Chevy Celebrity, '91 Chevy Corsica, and '92 Buick LeSabre--may she rest in peace) as my "go-to-work and drive home" car, I bought a 2006 Kia Rio. Of all the compacts out there...I thought the Kia was the best deal based on looks, drivability, warranty, and price.
Unless I'm missing something...the only "cons" I see here is spending a little more for parts (alternator/radiator/blower motor/starter/rotors/drums/etc.), and having to be a little careful in being sure you are compliant on the warranty term if you are going to fix something yourself.
BTW...the Ford/Kia/Porshe dealer experience in Orland Park Illinois was excellent. I'll know more if/when I take my car there for service.
Elwood: It's 106 miles to Chicago, we got a full tank of gas, half a pack of cigarettes, it's dark and we're wearing sunglasses
Jake: Hit it