The new crop of subcompact fuel-sippers is better than anyone could have imagined just five years ago, and the Rio hits some important targets for gas mileage and overall appeal.
So does the Chevy Sonic, a favorite in the class for its very capable handling and turbocharged acceleration, not to mention kicky styling.
The Ford Fiesta gets kudos for its tight steering and sharp lines, but the back seat is cramped and its sluggish PowerShift automatic transmission is at odds with its sporty character.
The Honda Fit wins on overall interior space along with the Accent, and both have high-quality cabins, with the Fit's flexible rear seat taking special honors.
The new Nissan Versa hatchback improves on interior room, but handling and styling, especially in its cabin, are a little drab.
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|28 MPG City / 37 MPG Hwy||25 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy||28 MPG City / 38 MPG Hwy||27 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy||28 MPG City / 37 MPG Hwy||24 MPG City / 38 MPG Hwy|
|Gas I4||Gas I4||Gas I4||Gas I4||Gas I4||Gas I4|
|Compact||Subcompact Car||Subcompact||Small Station Wagon||Compact Cars||Compact|
|4dr Sedan Man LX||4dr Sedan LS 1LS||4dr Sedan S||5dr HB Man||4dr Sedan Man GLS||4dr Sedan Manual 1.6 S|
|Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front-wheel drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive|
|Sedan||4 Door Sedan||Sedan||5 Door Hatchback||4 Door Sedan||4 Door Sedan|