While Honda and Subaru make the best vehicles overall, the April 2011 edition of the influential Consumer Reports magazine (which I used exclusively to buy my first car in college) is praising the Hyundai and Kia line-ups as well.
CR named the Hyundai Elantra the best small car (link brings you to a video highlighting the Elantra)...
Redesigned for 2011, the Elantra delivers a lot for the money. With its makeover, this well-rounded sedan is now more stylish and engaging to drive. The Elantra provides fairly nimble handling; a decent ride, a smooth, responsive powertrain; a well-finished interior; and a relatively roomy rear seat. It's also miserly on gas, achieving 29 mpg overall in our tests and 39 mpg on the highway. We expect this new model to be as reliable as the previous one.... and the Kia Sorento the best family SUV (link brings you to a video highlighting the Sorento), the first time Kia was named as a top pick in its ten major categories:
The Sorento was redesigned for 2011 and is now a more well-rounded SUV. A roomy, nicely finished interior includes comfortable seats and easy-to-use controls. An optional third-row seat, although tight, allows the Sorento to carry up to seven passengers. The smooth V6 engine provides good performance and fuel economy—20 mpg overall—that's as efficient as the base four-cylinder engine. The Sorento is also stocked with an inviting list of features for its price, making it one of the bargains of this class.When I'm back in Seoul semi-permanently, that will probably be my next vehicle, except in the LGi (hybrid LP gas).