Just last September we were in the market for a new car. We didn’t want to spend a lot of money for 2 reasons, 1. We couldn’t afford it. 2. My husband put a lot of miles on the car. On My dad’s recomendation, who owns a Kia Sportage, we bought a Kia Rio. It’s a great car. We have no problems at all. My husband love the car, it has good gas milage and a good warranty. I would recomend it.
We also had a Hyundai once, it was also a very good car.
I don’t know about the safty tests, but the Kias do have airbags. A Volvo’s probably a safer car, but if you can’t afford it, it dosen’t do you any good. And the new Kia is certainly safer the the 1985 Honda Civic we had before.
I haven’t looked into it, but the Kias probably don’t have a high resale value, but I never bought a car for the resale value, I bought it to get around in.
Just my opinion. Good luck.