Compacts and sub-compacts were the most popularly searched in AutoGuide.com’s new cars section this week.
Hyundai and Kia sat atop the list with their respective compact products: the Elantra and Forte. During the 2013 New York Auto Show, Kia unveiled its third update its Forte line. Offered as a “Koup,” the car can come with a powerful 1.6-liter turbocharged engine with 201 hp.
Ford’s Fiesta sub-compact is built to take on cars like the Honda Fit and Nissan Versa. Not surprisingly, both of those cars were hot on the Ford’s heels. Craving performance? There’s an answer just around the corner: the Fiesta ST. The potent pavement pounder uses a 1.6-liter four cylinder engine with 194 hp and 214 lb-ft or torque.
Neither the Honda nor the Nissan offer anything to compete with the Fiesta ST, but that doesn’t seem to matter to most. After all, high-performance cars fill a special niche.