Question from Paul M.
I'm looking for an automatic, reliable, fully loaded small car, with an engine that isn't geared toward economy. What do you think of the Mazda 3 with the bigger engine or the Kia Forte?
Answer from Auto123.com
A $30k Volkswagen GTI is fuel efficient but certainly is no econobox. The VW GTI as well as its non-identical twin, the Jetta GLI, are both available with a sophisticated 6-speed automatic transmission. The Mazda3, with the 2.5L engine, and the Forte with the 2.0L, are interesting choices. The Forte may seem underpowered especially when stepping out of a V6 Altima. The Acura ILX could be a viable option with decent power, styling and creature comforts.