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New Small Cars: 2012 Chevy Sonic, Nissan Versa, Hyundai Accent, Kia Rio

2012 Chevrolet Sonic. Photo by Joe Nuxoll

2012 Chevrolet Sonic. Photo by Joe Nuxoll

With Chevrolet announcing the starting price for the all-new 2012 Chevy Sonic subcompact car last week, this is just the beginning of the story. The good news for consumers is the number of new small cars for 2012.

Chevrolet Sonic

Chevy’s subcompact 2012 Sonic, which replaces the South Korean-built Chevrolet Aveo, will be the only subcompact car built in the United States when it arrives this fall. Along with its $14,495 starting price (for LS), other attractive selling points include 10 standard airbags – the most of any subcompact. Power comes from the standard 138-horsepower 1.8-liter Ecotec four-cylinder engine matched with five-speed transmission. While fuel economy projections haven’t been released for the base engine, in the upgrade 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder with six-speed automatic transmission (available only in LT and LTZ models), the Sonic is expected to get 40 miles per gallon in highway driving.

The 2012 Chevy Sonic is available in sedan and hatchback, in LS, LT and LTZ models. LT pricing begins at $15,695 (sedan) and $16,495 (hatchback). LTZ pricing begins at $17,295 (sedan) and $17,995 (hatchback). All prices include destination charges.

For more information about the upcoming 2012 Chevrolet Sonic, see this preview of the subcompact following its introduction at the 2011 Detroit Auto Show.


2012 Hyundai Accent

2012 Hyundai Accent

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Hyundai Accent

Hyundai’s all-new 2012 Accent carries some big and exciting news for consumers. Not only is it expected to be a formidable competitor to rivals Chevy Sonic, Ford Fiesta, Nissan Versa and Honda Fit, but it also has the distinct advantage of EPA-estimated fuel economy of 30 mpg city/40 mpg highway – for both manual and automatic versions. Four-door sedan and five-door hatchback variants of the Accent – which is longer than the previous version by several inches – result in a considerably larger cabin. In addition, Hyundai includes split-folding back seats in the Accent, sliding center armrest and covered storage, large glovebox and several other storage areas.

Power comes from Hyundai’s all-new 138-horsepower 1.6-liter direct-injected (GDI) four-cylinder engine, matched with either six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission. Six airbags, anti-lock brakes with brake assist, and electronic stability control are all standard. Three trims of the Accent are available: GLS, GS, and SE. Base price for GLS starts at $12,445.

Check out TheCarConnection preview of the 2012 Hyundai Accent here.

2012 Kia Rio Hatchback

2012 Kia Rio Hatchback

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Kia Rio

You could call the 2012 Kia Rio the kissing cousin to the Hyundai Accent. After all, Hyundai owns Kia and the two models (Accent and Rio) share the same architecture. Still, there are distinct differences between the two – designed to separate them in the marketplace. Like the Hyundai Accent, the 2012 Kia Rio is available in four-door sedan and five-door hatchback. In the Rio’s case, the sedan is called the Rio and the hatchback is called the Rio5.

Arriving later this year, the new Rio boasts the same 138-horsepower 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine and choice of six-speed transmissions as the Hyundai Accent – and achieves the same stellar EPA-estimated 30 mpg city/40 mpg highway fuel economy. The 2012 Kia Rio5 five-door is available in the fall, while the Rio sedan will be available in January 2012.

Be sure to see what TheCarConnection says about the all-new 2012 Kia Rio here.

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