Tests of Consumer Reports reveals Kia Rio ahead of Chevrolet Sonic and Hyundai Accent
The Kia Rio EX passed well ahead of Chevrolet Sonic and the Hyundai Accent in the sub-compact sedan segment tests of the Consumer Reports. The hatchback version of the Kia Rio scored lower but is on third place in its segment following the Honda Fit and the Nissan Versa SL for the sub-compact hatchbacks.
The subcompacts have been known before as the penalty box cars because of the noise levels, basic interiors, weak performance, and uncomfortable rides but today’s picture is different. Subcompacts have evolved with better designs, boast of affordability, and have great fuel economy. Subcompacts nowadays are a great option for consumers who want to stretch their budgets.
Consumers Reports saw the new version of the Chevrolet Sonic is quite a refined vehicle that has agile handling, good braking and a quiet cabin. The test group though found out that the fuel mileage of this car is a bit mediocre for the sub-compact sedan segment The Consumers Report also subjected a Sonic LTZ which is a hatchback with manual transmission linked to a turbo engine but the sticker price was high at $20,000.
The Accent GLS and its SE hatchback version by Korean carmaker Hyundai are sensible options for people looking to have a car with all the basics and good values. The fuel economy of the two vehicles from Hyundai is also excellent.
The best grades for the sub-compact category was given by Consumer Reports to the Kia Rio which is a well equipped and solid car. The controls are very simple, it has good handling, and there are a good number of features for its tag price. The Rio sedan came on top while the hatchback version ranked in the middle of the field. The sedan Rio EX has a tag price of $17,275 and is dependent on a 4-cylinder, 1.6L engine which gives out 138 horsepower. The sedan has a fuel mileage of 30 mpg. The EX hatchback has a sticker price of $17,745 with automatic transmission. The noise has not entirely been eliminated but is said to be tolerable. Braking is excellent plus the sedan has a good space for cargo.
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