Hyundai and Kia have come a long way from their first cars. My grandparents had an original Pony with very low KMs, but nonetheless the tire fell off some time around 1999, and that was it for the car. My sister had one of the first KIA subcompact sedans, with an automatic, and that car had no power.
Originally Posted by Mark
I think you did good! I believe Fummins bought the same Kumho tires for his white Mirage, & he sold that car with them.
Kumho, Nexen, & Hankook have become well-known mid-priced tires. I believe these tire companies have benefitted from the increase popularity of Hyundai/KIA vehicles in North America.
I appreciate these South Korean companies offering 165/65r14 tire options for our Mirages. The same goes for Federal tires, but they are made in Taiwan.
I haven't seen 165/65r14 Hankook tires offered in the States, but Kumho, Nexen, & Federal have added more choices for us here.
Then you see the 2019 Santa Fe I had as a rental a few years ago. Huge SUV and getting 8.1-8.2 L/100 kms on the highway with awd. Good fit and finish. I would go Hyundai also because they offer manual trannys and entry level cars that are actually cheaper than Honda, or a VW manual. I would get a new Hyundai. I heard KIA windshields break in Canadian winters with the heater thing, not sure if that is true for all of them.
View my fuel log 2014 Mirage ES 1.2 manual: 42.2 mpg (US) ... 17.9 km/L ... 5.6 L/100 km ... 50.7 mpg (Imp)