2011 Kia Rio vs. Its Competition

2011 Kia Rio 4-door Sedan LX Angular Front Exterior View
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
6.0
The 2011 Kia Rio has a perky driving feel and roomy interior, though the lack of refinement, low safety scores, and dated styling limit its appeal.
5.2
The 2011 Chevrolet Aveo is vastly improved from first glance; we'll reserve final judgement until road-test cars are made available.
8.0
The 2011 Honda Fit is like a mini-minivan in some respects, with an incredibly space-efficient design; yet it's peppy, frugal, and fun to drive.
5.4
The 2011 Hyundai Accent, while a cheap and thoroughly adequate commuter car, lacks the sophistication and design flair seen in many other newer models its size.
6.0
The 2011 Toyota Yaris is a great city car for cost-conscious commuters, though those who expect a top-notch list of connectivity features will be disappointed.
MSRP From    
$12,295$11,965$15,100$9,985$13,155
Gas Mileage    
27 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy27 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy27 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy27 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy29 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy
Engine    
Gas I4Gas 4-CylinderGas I4Gas I4Gas I4
EPA Class    
CompactCompactSmall Station WagonCompactSubcompact
Style Name    
4-Door Sedan Base4-Door Sedan LS5-Door HB Manual3-Door HB Manual GL3-Door Liftback Manual (SE)
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    
4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan5 Door Hatchback3 Door HB3 Door Hatchback
Transmission    
ManualManual w/ODManualManual w/ODManual