Autolympics: Which Countries Make the Best Cars?

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The Best Cars: South Korea

Grab yourself some bibimbap and crank up the K-pop: Based on our analysis, South Korea makes the best affordable cars.

The results are based on the overall performance of cars from Hyundai and Kia in our subcompact, compact, midsize, and large car rankings. When you average the overall scores of car brands from all countries, the South Koreans come out on top.

The win is based on something most industry experts know but consumers may not be aware of: Cars from Hyundai and Kia offer a lot for the money. Not only do they tend to have pleasant performance and comfortable interiors, but they also tend to have some of the longest standard features lists in the industry. Hyundai and Kia models also offer some innovative options for their owners. Hyundai’s BlueLink system and Kia’s Uvo eServices allow you to use a smartphone app to track your car, control some features, and even keep tabs on teen drivers. They may bring home the gold in the car category, but South Korean cars don’t require a gold-plated budget. Most models have starting prices below the average price for their class.

Silver: USA

Bronze: Japan

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