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2012 Kia Rio

2012 Chevrolet Sonic

  2012 Kia Rio EX 2012 Chevrolet Sonic
MSRP
$13,400
$13,865
Invoice $13,145 $13,518
MPG
City/Highway
28/37 25/35
Rating
7.6
/ 10
TCC Rating
8.0
/ 10
TCC Rating
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. Read Full Review 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. Read Full Review
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Likes:

  • Euro-inspired looks
  • High-rent cabin
  • Smooth drivetrain
  • Luxury features for under $20k
  • Great gas mileage

Dislikes:

  • Less interior room than Accent, Fit
  • Back seat is tight for adults
  • Not truly quick, like Sonic
  • Steering wanders a bit

Likes:

  • Well-weighted steering
  • Smooth, quiet ride
  • Comfortable seating
  • Powertrain refinement of a more expensive vehicle (1.4T)

Dislikes:

  • Bluetooth, USB missing from base model
  • Base engine can be boomy when revved
  • Muted throttle response (1.4T)
  • Mushy brake pedal
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