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2014 Kia Rio vs. Its Competition

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The Kia Rio is up to snuff with all the subcompact entries with respect to gas mileage, features, and styling.

But in things like space and versatility, the Honda Fit kicks it out of the park.

The Rio is as roomy as the Hyundai Accent, and both have high-quality cabins, but neither can beat the Fit in seat comfort or real cargo space.

The Fiesta gets kudos for its tight steering and sharp lines, but the back seat is cramped, and its sluggish PowerShift automatic transmission, which should add fun versus conventional automatics, subtracts it instead.

This year's new version of the Nissan Versa hatchback -- the Versa Note -- improves on interior room, but handling and styling, especially in its cabin, are a little drab.

The Chevrolet Sonic remains a middle-of-the-market favorite, for offering capable handling, perky turbocharged performance, and styling that works well in hatchback form.

2014 Kia Rio2014 Kia Rio2014 Chevrolet Sonic2014 Chevrolet Sonic2014 Ford Fiesta sedan2014 Ford Fiesta2014 Hyundai Accent2014 Hyundai Accent2014 Nissan Versa Sedan2014 Nissan Versa2013 Honda Fit2013 Honda Fit
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The 2014 Kia Rio holds its own in a tough class of smart, efficient subcompacts -- and pulls ahead of the pack if value and style are top priorities.
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The 2014 Chevrolet Sonic is light-years ahead of its Aveo predecessor, which Chevy hopes you'll forget. It's stylish, comfortable, drives nicely, and has excellent safety ratings and infotainment features.
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Affordable small cars don't need to be bland, whether in appearance or from behind the wheel. And the 2014 Ford Fiesta is proof of that.
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The 2014 Hyundai Accent isn't exciting to drive, but it's one of the most comfortable, well-equipped cars its size--and still a great value.
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As one of the lowest-priced new cars, the 2014 Nissan Versa and Versa Note are best matched up against a slightly upmarket late-model used car; while it's not sporty, it is roomy, with good packaging and lots of available technology.
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If you're not turned off by the utilitarian look of the 2013 Honda Fit, you'll like what you get, which is awesome practicality and space-efficiency, plus some driving verve.
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Gas Mileage     
27 MPG City / 37 MPG Hwy25 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy26 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy27 MPG City / 38 MPG Hwy26 MPG City / 40 MPG Hwy27 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy
Regular Unleaded I-4Gas I4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Gas I4
EPA Class     
Compact CarsSubcompact CarsSubcompact CarsCompact CarsCompact CarsSmall Station Wagon
Style Name     
4-Door Sedan Manual LX4-Door Sedan Manual LS4-Door Sedan S4-Door Sedan Manual GLS4-Door Sedan Manual 1.6 S5-Door HB Manual
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
Passenger Doors     
Body Style     
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