We recently wrecked my 02 Chrysler Sebring (hit a deer, destroyed the radiator, was junked it for $300 cash) and we're looking for a replacement. I've narrowed it down to two cars: a 2009 Chevrolet Cobalt LT Sedan or a 2008 Kia Forte LX Sedan.
The Cobalt has a 2.2L 4 cylinder, and I was told it got around 35 hwy mpg, but the local Chevy dealer only expects 31 at best. It's the automatic transmission, and it has just under 35k miles on it. It has a sport cosmetics package that includes a rear spoiler and sporty looking white gauge faces. The car is coming with a 3 month subscription to XM radio, and the rest of the 5 year power-train warranty is getting carried over. The seller wants just over $10k for it. he's throwing in a GM certified inspection and detailing procedure (He runs a rental shop that's affiliated with Chevy).
The Kia Forte (also being bought from a rental service) has a 2L (I believe) 4 cylinder, and has about 50k miles on it. It has this awesome funky brick red interior that I fell in love with. The car has very plainly been smoked it, but the seller is offering to ionize the air and shampoo the upholstery, but I doubt that will remove the cigarette smell. The seller wants about $14k for it, but is offering a lower interest rate (2% compared to 9% at the other place, I filed for bankruptcy a while back, but it's about to roll off).
So Facepunch, what one should I get? I love the Kia just for it's styling. The interior is pretty awesome, and it has much more space in back than the Cobalt, but I'm iffy about the price. The Cobalt feels much more responsive, also, and I'd be saving money. Opinions?