The Rio, the Small Car Choice
The Rio has proven to be a popular choice with small car buyers in the Toronto and Mississauga area. Little wonder that the influential Consumer Report magazine gave the Rio the thumbs up recently. In a comparison of the leading small car choices on the market today, Consumer Report selected the Rio over competitors like the Nissan Versa, Chevy Sonic, Hyundai Accent and the Honda Fit.
Consumer Reports Take on the Kia Rio
The updated Rio, the report said offers “nimble handling, simple climate and radio controls and smooth [6-speed] transmission”. Its EPA-rated fuel economy is a competitive 7.84L/100Km (30 mpg) city, to 5.88L/100Km (40 mpg) highway. The Rio narrowly surpassed it’s sibling rival the Hyundai Accent. Both vehicles are built on the same platform and share the same engine, but otherwise, development of the two vehicles is kept separate.
Consumer Report also reviewed the Rio Hatchback, but perferred the sedan, citing a smoother ride.
“Subcompact cars were once collectively known as ‘penalty boxes,’” said David Champion, senior director of Consumer Reports. He added that the new redesigns “make a number of subcompact models good all-around choices for people looking to stretch their budget.”