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I don't care where the supposed home office of a carmaker is - ownership is all global nowadays. This household has two Hyundais and one Kia and all were built by American laborers in the USA.
How many Ford, GM, and Chrysler products are anymore and how long has that been the case? The last 3 Dodge/Chrysler minivans we had all were made in Canada while our first two were made in St. Louis.
Don't bash the brand until you know the facts. We are at the point now where a lot of Americans are building cars in the USA for overseas corporations. At least they have opened plants in the Stateswhile we in Illinois have watched GM close Fisher Body and Chrysler close Belvedere.
The 2011 Chevy Cruze gets 36 MPG Hwy. They have 4 models to choose from, LS, Eco, LT, and LTZ. Base model price starts at $17,275 which includes shipping. I bought a Cruze Eco 6 speed manual 4 months ago and I average 42-44 MPG since day one its rated 28/42. I have 8600 miles on it and absolutely love it. I did the comparison shopping and for the money, MPG, safety, comfort and over 4 million miles of testing, the Cruze Eco in my opinion is the best value for fuel economy in its class. Oh yea, did I mention 10 standard air bags....
That Kia will not last as long as a Honda or Toyota either. Especially not the engine! Few cars can match the balance and refinement of a Honda engine and Toyota is a pretty good engine too. If you were a mechanic all your life, you'd know that.
I had a 92 honda civic vx hatch and it got 48 city and 55 highway with no hybrid stuff, pure gas. They can still do that but they don't want to.