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.
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|27 MPG City / 37 MPG Hwy||25 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy||26 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy||27 MPG City / 38 MPG Hwy||26 MPG City / 40 MPG Hwy||27 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy|
|Regular Unleaded I-4||Gas I4||Regular Unleaded I-4||Regular Unleaded I-4||Regular Unleaded I-4||Gas I4|
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|4-Door Sedan Manual LX||4-Door Sedan Manual LS||4-Door Sedan S||4-Door Sedan Manual GLS||4-Door Sedan Manual 1.6 S||5-Door HB Manual|
|Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive|
|Manual w/OD||Manual||Manual w/OD||Manual w/OD||Manual w/OD||Manual|