Both models come as a sedan, but the Accent is available as a three-door hatchback model and the Rio as a five-door hatchback (Rio5).
Both feel a little more solid on the road than the Yaris, but their fuel economy isn't as good.
The Kia Rio5 is a bit more fun to drive than any of these other low-budget vehicles.
Also at the bottom of the price scale is the Chevrolet Aveo5, a small, five-door hatchback made by GM Daewoo.
Even with a recent redesign, the Aveo doesn't feel competitive with the Hyundai, Kia, or Toyota; its interior is slightly more spacious and comfortable, but its performance is sluggish in comparison.
The most appealing vehicle in this crowd is the Honda Fit; although it's quite a bit more expensive, the Fit is safer, more expansive inside—thanks to the wonderful Magic Seat design—and more fun to drive.
A redesign for 2009 has made the Fit even better, and untouchable in this category.
|2009 Toyota Yaris||2009 Chevrolet Aveo||2008 Honda Fit||2008 Hyundai Accent|
|$12,205Browse Used Listings||$11,965Browse Used Listings||$13,950Browse Used Listings||$10,775Browse Used Listings|
|29 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy||27 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy||27 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy||24 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy|
|Gas I4||Gas 4-Cylinder||Gas I4||Gas I4|
|Subcompact||Subcompact||Small Station Wagon||Compact|
|3-Door HB Manual (SE)||5-Door HB LS||5-Door HB Manual||3-Door HB Manual GS *Ltd Avail*|
|Front wheel drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive|
|3 Door Hatchback||5 Door Hatchback||5-Door Hatchback||3 Door HB Coupe|
|Manual||Manual w/OD||Manual||Manual w/OD|