2009 Kia RioEnlarge Photo
MSRP, including destination: $12,390 (sedan)
EPA Fuel Economy (city/hwy mpg): 28/34
The Kia Rio hasn't yet been updated with Kia's new corporate look (a replacement is due for next year), but it's still reasonably stylish for a bargain-basement model. As we say in our overview of the 2010 Rio, "The Rio handles reasonably well, brakes seem strong, and there's enough peppiness for most driving, aside from high-speed passes." Base Rios don't include air conditioning, but they do come with a four-speaker sound system USB/aux inputs, Sirius satellite radio compatibility, and a tachometer. A sportier-looking Rio5 is also offered, but it costs a couple grand more.