2010 Kia Rio vs. Its Competition

2010 Kia Rio
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Deputy Editor

With an even sportier driving feel, better crash-test scores, and good fuel economy—plus the best folding rear seat in the segment—the Honda Fit is the forerunner.

The Toyota Yaris, especially as a hatchback, is a stylish conveyance and now comes with standard electronic stability control and anti-lock brakes.

Then there’s the Hyundai Accent, which is closely related to the Rio four-door; the Accent also comes as a two-door hatchback, like the Yaris.

The Chevrolet Aveo is another rival, but it fails to hit the mark in so many ways and doesn’t offer an especially strong seat of features or a lower price than the rest.

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Quick Specs
6.4
The 2010 Kia Rio has a little more personality than some other inexpensive small cars, but low safety scores and a lack of refinement hamper its appeal.
5.6
If most of your driving is around town with little interstate travel, the 2009 Chevrolet Aveo and Aveo5 are worth a look, especially if you want a bow tie out front.
7.4
The 2008 Honda Fit is one of the smallest cars on the road, but it’s fun to drive, huge inside, and a tremendous value.
6.4
The 2008 Hyundai Accent delivers econocar basics with a high-quality interior and fun handling for a great price.
5.6
The 2008 Toyota Yaris is one of the cheapest, and cheapest to run, of all new vehicles.
MSRP From    
$11,695$11,965$13,950$10,775$11,550
Gas Mileage    
27 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy27 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy27 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy24 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy29 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy
Engine    
Gas I4Gas 4-CylinderGas I4Gas I4Gas I4
EPA Class    
CompactSubcompactSmall Station WagonCompactSubcompact
Style Name    
4-Door Sedan Manual5-Door HB LS5-Door HB Manual3-Door HB Manual GS *Ltd Avail*3-Door HB Manual (GS)
Drivetrain    
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront wheel drive
Passenger Capacity    
55555
Passenger Doors    
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style    
4dr Sdn5 Door Hatchback5-Door Hatchback3 Door HB Coupe3 Door Hatchback
Transmission    
Manual w/ODManual w/ODManualManual w/ODManual