Compare 2012 Kia Rio vs 2012 Chevrolet Sonic

2012 Kia Rio
2012 Chevrolet Sonic
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4-Door Sedan Manual LX
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan Manual LX 29 37 $13,145 $13,400
5-Door HB Manual LX 29 37 $13,335 $13,600
4-Door Sedan Automatic LX 28 36 $14,010 $14,500
5-Door HB Automatic LX 28 36 $14,205 $14,700
4-Door Sedan Automatic EX 28 36 $15,535 $16,300
5-Door HB Automatic EX 28 36 $15,735 $16,500
4-Door Sedan Automatic SX 28 36 $16,675 $17,500
5-Door HB Automatic SX 28 36 $16,880 $17,700
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4-Door Sedan LS
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
5-Door HB LS 26 35 $14,395 $14,765
4-Door Sedan LS 25 35 $14,561 $14,935
4-Door Sedan LT 26 35 $14,462 $15,065
5-Door HB LT 26 35 $15,230 $15,865
4-Door Sedan LTZ 26 35 $15,831 $16,665
5-Door HB LTZ 26 35 $16,496 $17,365
Pricing
Invoice Price
$13,145
$13,518
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$13,400
$13,865
Monthly Payment Estimate
$223 / month
$231 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.6
8.0
TCC’s Bottom Line
The yardsticks have moved--but the 2012 Kia Rio has kicked itself into contention in a class filled with very good economy cars. The 2012 Chevrolet Sonic is neither subsonic nor supersonic—but it's a good, sound choice and a world better than the Aveo it replaces.
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Fuel Economy
City
29 mpg 26 mpg
Highway
37 mpg 35 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Compact Subcompact Car
Number of Passenger Doors
- 4
Interior Dimensions
Second Shoulder Room (in)
52.1 53.0
Front Leg Room (in)
43.8 41.8
Front Hip Room (in)
52.1 51.4
Passenger Volume (ft³)
88.4 90.4
Second Leg Room (in)
31.1 34.6
Front Head Room (in)
40.0 38.7
Second Hip Room (in)
51.2 51.6
Front Shoulder Room (in)
53.1 53.4
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Second Head Room (in)
37.6 37.8
Exterior Dimensions
Height, Overall (in)
57.3 59.7
Track Width, Rear (in)
60.0 59.4
Wheelbase (in)
101.2 99.4
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
67.7 68.3
Track Width, Front (in)
59.9 59.4
Min Ground Clearance (in)
5.5 4.9
Length, Overall (in)
171.9 173.1
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
13.7 14.9
Brakes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
10.3 x 0.4 NA
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA 9.0 x - TBD -
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
10.1 x 0.9 10.8 x - TBD -
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA Yes
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes NA
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
11.4 12.2
Steering
Steering Type
Electric Pwr Electric Pwr Steering
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.8 2.8
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - NA
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
15.5 14.1
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
33.5 34.5
Tires
Spare Tire Size
NA Compact
Front Tire Order Code
NA Q1H
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P185/65R15 P195/65R15
Rear Tire Order Code
NA Q1H
Front Tire Size
P185/65R15 P195/65R15
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
2403 2727
Wheels
Rear Wheel Size (in)
15 x 5.5 15 x - TBD -
Front Wheel Material
Steel Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
NA Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
15 x 5.5 15 x - TBD -
Spare Wheel Size (in)
NA Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Steel Aluminum
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
6.3 - TBD -
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
110 100
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
540 438
Engine
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
138 @ 6300 138 @ 6300
Engine Type
Gas I4 Gas I4
Fuel System
Direct Injection Electronic Fuel Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
123 @ 4850 125 @ 3800
Engine Order Code
NA LUW
Displacement
1.6L/97 1.8L/110
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
29 26
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
32 29
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
37 35
Transmission
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.70 3.31
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.04 2.14
Trans Order Code
NA M26
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.83 3.94
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.03 1.12
Trans Description Cont.
Manual Manual
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.77 NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.76 3.73
Clutch Size (in)
8.2 - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.28 1.41
Trans Type
6 5
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.89 0.89
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Eighth Gear Ratio (:1)
- NA
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
- NA
Summary
Vehicle Name
Kia Rio Chevrolet Sonic
Body Style
Sedan 4 Door Sedan
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - NA
Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson Strut MacPherson Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
NA NA
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - NA
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
0.79 - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
Torsion Beam Torsion Beam
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
5.7 5.1
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
- 7
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating
Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger
Overall Side Crash Rating
Side Barrier Rating
Side Barrier Rating Driver
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat
Combined Side Rating Front Seat
Combined Side Rating Rear Seat
Rollover Rating

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