Kia Rio, Hyundai Accent and Chevy Sonic top Consumer Reports subcompact shootout – Autoblog

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Consumer Reports has wrapped up an evaluation of subcompact and the Kia Rio EX has rolled out ahead of the class. The beat out its corporate clone, the Accent and the Chevrolet Sonic to the top spot. Evaluators pointed to the handling and well-optioned interior in the Rio as for the vehicle’s win. The newly Nissan Versa and unloved Yaris filled out the top five And what of the baby hatchbacks?

CR again credited the Honda Fit as of the pack, followed closely by the Hatchback and Rio Hatchback.

The organization fault with the base Sonic’s fuel economy, and the turbocharged LTZ model to be too expensive. also felt the Sonic didn’t live up to its sporty

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YONKERS, NY- its nimble handling and well-equipped the Kia Rio EX outpointed the Hyundai Accent and Sonic as the top rated sub-compact in Consumer Reports’ latest

The Rio’s hatchback version lower, but sits firmly in place behind the previously and higher-rated Honda Fit and Nissan SL among the subcompact hatchbacks with automatic transmissions.

cars were once known as penalty boxes for noisiness, rudimentary interiors, rides, and weak performance. But now redesigns, combined with an prices and impressive fuel make a number of subcompact good all-around choices for looking to stretch their said David Champion, director of Consumer Reports Test Center in East Connecticut.

Consumer Reports the new Chevrolet Sonic to be a relatively model that offers a cabin for the class, agile and excellent braking. But testers the Sonic’s fuel economy is in this segment. CR also a top-level Sonic LTZ hatchback a turbo engine and a manual but it was expensive at nearly $20,000, and live up to its sporty aspirations.

The Hyundai Accent GLS sedan and SE hatchback were not overly but they hit the mark for basic, transportation and are good values. economy also approaches the in this class.

Rounding out the test group were the redesign of the Nissan Versa and the perennially low-scoring Toyota hatchback. Prices for the test range from the Nissan $15,490 to the Sonic LTZ hatchback’s

The Accent, Rio, Sonic and sedan are too new for Consumer Reports to reliability data. The Sonic LTZ Versa, and Yaris all score too low for CR to Consumer Reports only vehicles that have well in its tests, have at average predicted reliability on CR’s Annual Auto of its more than seven print and Web subscribers, and performed at adequately if crash-tested or included in a rollover test.

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The full on subcompact sedans and hatches be available on on March 22 and in the May of Consumer Reports on newsstands 3rd. Updated daily, is the go-to Website for the auto reviews, product blogs on breaking news and car information. Check out CR’s Twitter feed at @CRCars.

The subcompact segment has seen a of recent activity and intensified All of the models in Consumer Reports tests were redesigned for the model year. Previous tests included the refined Fiesta and sporty Mazda2, new for 2011.

The top-scoring Honda Fit is a design, dating from

The Kia Rio is a solid and well-equipped car. It from nimble handling and simple controls and provides of features for the price. The Rio sedan is the car in its class while the competent ranks midpack. The Kia Rio EX sedan MSRP as tested) is powered by a 138 hp, engine that has decent and gets 30 mpg overall, one mpg better the tested EX hatchback ($17,475 as

The six-speed automatic transmission smoothly. Ride and noise escape typical subcompact but both are tolerable. Braking is Good.

The sedan’s trunk is while the hatchback’s small window reduces rear

The redesigned Hyundai Accent near the top of CR’s Ratings in sedan and hatchback versions It its platform and powertrain with the Rio but better fuel economy. The suspension provides some but road bumps still through and there’s some jiggling. Road and wind intrudes, but it’s tolerable.

The Accent GLS sedan ($16,050 as tested) is powered by a 138 hp, 1.6-liter engine and a smooth-shifting six-speed transmission. This combination adequate power and gets 31 mpg in CR’s own fuel economy CR also tested an Accent SE ($16,695 MSRP as tested.) with a smooth shifting manual transmission, the SE hatchback 32 mpg overall. The SE’s sportier tuning and bigger tires handling.

Braking is Very Both interiors are basic, nicely textured but hard

The Chevrolet Sonic has responsive and excellent brakes. The well-isolated is comfortable for the class and the cabin is quiet. The Chevrolet Sonic LT ($17,920 MSRP as tested,) is by a 138 hp, 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine accelerates quickly but only 28 mpg overall, unimpressive for this

The six-speed automatic transmission smoothly. CR also tested a Sonic LTZ hatchback ($19,870 as with the optional 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine and a six-speed This combination delivered 30 mpg and brisk acceleration from a but maintaining highway speed on small inclines requires of downshifting with the balky shifter.

Some motorcycle-inspired like a digital gauge liven up the otherwise basic

The redesigned Nissan Versa doesn’t measure up to the previous The changes plunged it from the top of ratings to the bottom. The loud whirring can be overwhelming and offensive.

The isn’t bad, with road isolation, but it’s on the highway. The budget-priced Nissan SL ($15,560 MSRP as tested,) is by a 109 hp, 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine gets an excellent 32 mpg overall but just average performance. The variable transmission is smooth but makes the engine whine

Braking is Very Good. The is rudimentary. Among the few positives is a rear seat and trunk. The hatchback remains the old design for now and is a better all-around car.

Despite being redesigned, the Yaris is still bare-bones It’s noisy, the ride is and the interior is austere. Instrument and driving position were but pedal and steering wheel remain awkward.

Handling agility, and the car is slow to accelerate. The Yaris LE ($17,920 MSRP as is powered by a 106-hp, 1.5-liter engine provides just performance but an excellent 32 mpg overall. from the dated four-speed transmission can be rough.

Braking is Good. The interior uses cheap, hard plastics. The area is small but the rear is spacious for the class.

Consumer is the world’s largest independent organization. Using its more 50 labs, auto test and survey research center, the rates thousands of products and annually. Founded in 1936, Reports has over 8 million to its magazine, website and other

Its advocacy division, Consumers works for health reform, and product safety, financial and other consumer issues in D.C. the states, and in the marketplace.

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