2016 VW Jetta
2016 Honda Civic
2016 Mazda 3
2016 Kia Forte
Toyota Corolla and Nissan Sentra are not considered because of the look, and the 2017 Hyundai Elantra is not considered because of inferior rear visibility, interior design/material, and base sound system, when compared to Kia Forte. Subaru Impreza is not considered because it seems to be more expensive than the others.
All four remaining candidates perform well on the road. The Jetta seems to have the most rigid body and best ride quality and base sound system. Honda Civic has the best features set and interior is very nice. Mazda 3 is also very good overall, although the engine is a bit noisier than the others when idle. Kia Forte is not as good as the other three, but it is good enough and it will be considered if price is good.
Do you have any opinion on the four cars for the following criteria:
a) Predicted reliability
b) Predicted cost of parts and maintenance
c) Future resale value
d) Warranty/Service experience
Any other comments on the cars are welcome.