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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|2012 Kia RioBrowse Used Listings||2012 Chevrolet SonicBrowse Used Listings||2012 Ford FiestaBrowse Used Listings||2012 Honda FitBrowse Used Listings||2012 Hyundai AccentBrowse Used Listings||2012 Nissan VersaBrowse Used Listings|
|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|
|4-Door Sedan Manual LX||4-Door Sedan LS 1LS||4-Door Sedan S||5-Door HB Manual||4-Door Sedan Manual GLS||4-Door 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|