Compare 2016 Chevrolet Sonic vs 2016 Kia Rio

2016 Chevrolet Sonic
2016 Kia Rio
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4-Door Sedan Automatic LS
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Sonic 4-Door Sedan Automatic LS 24 35 $15,205 $15,595
Sonic 4-Door Sedan Automatic LT 24 35 $16,843 $17,545
Sonic 4-Door Sedan Automatic LTZ 27 37 $18,791 $19,780
Sonic 4-Door Sedan Automatic RS 25 33 $20,420 $21,495
Sonic 4-Door Sedan Manual LS 26 35 $13,986 $14,345
Sonic 4-Door Sedan Manual LT 26 35 $15,508 $16,155
Sonic 4-Door Sedan Manual RS 27 34 $19,090 $20,095
Sonic 5-Door HB Automatic LS 24 35 $15,790 $16,195
Sonic 5-Door HB Automatic LT 24 35 $17,419 $18,145
Sonic 5-Door HB Automatic LTZ 27 37 $19,327 $20,345
Sonic 5-Door HB Automatic RS 25 33 $20,420 $21,495
Sonic 5-Door HB Manual LS 26 35 $14,571 $14,945
Sonic 5-Door HB Manual LT 26 35 $16,084 $16,755
Sonic 5-Door HB Manual RS 27 34 $19,090 $20,095
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4-Door Sedan Automatic EX
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Rio 4-Door Sedan Automatic EX 27 37 $16,926 $17,755
Rio 4-Door Sedan Automatic LX 27 37 $14,929 $15,395
Rio 4-Door Sedan Automatic SX 27 37 $19,667 $20,755
Rio 4-Door Sedan Manual LX 27 38 $13,901 $14,165
Rio 5-Door HB Automatic EX 27 37 $17,052 $17,905
Rio 5-Door HB Automatic LX 27 37 $15,027 $15,495
Rio 5-Door HB Automatic SX 27 37 $19,801 $20,905
Pricing
Invoice Price
$15,205
$16,926
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$15,595
$17,755
Monthly Payment Estimate
$260 / month
$296 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.8
7.4
TCC’s Bottom Line
Despite its five years largely unchanged, the 2016 Chevrolet Sonic remains stylish and comfortable, and it scores big not only on safety ratings, but also driving fun. The 2016 Kia Rio is starting to fall behind, though an attractive design and good feature content offset its cramped rear seat and only adequate safety ratings.
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Fuel Economy
City
24 mpg 27 mpg
Highway
35 mpg 37 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Subcompact Cars Compact Cars
Number of Passenger Doors
4 -
Interior Dimensions
Front Head Room (in)
38.70 40
Second Hip Room (in)
51.60 51.2
Front Shoulder Room (in)
53.40 53.1
Passenger Volume (ft³)
90.3 88.4
Second Head Room (in)
37.80 37.6
Second Shoulder Room (in)
53.00 52.1
Front Leg Room (in)
41.80 43.8
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Front Hip Room (in)
51.40 52.1
Second Leg Room (in)
34.60 31.1
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Front (in)
59.40 59.8
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- TBD - 5.5
Length, Overall (in)
173.10 172
Height, Overall (in)
59.70 57.3
Track Width, Rear (in)
59.40 60
Wheelbase (in)
99.40 101.2
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
68.30 67.7
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
14.9 13.7
Brakes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
10.8 x 1.0 10.1
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
Yes NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
NA Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
NA 10.3
Brake Type
Pwr 4-Wheel Disc
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
10.6 x 0.47 NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
12.2 11.4
Steering
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
NA -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
14 -
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
34.5 33.5
Steering Type
Electric Pwr Steering Rack-Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.8 -
Tires
Rear Tire Order Code
Q1H NA
Front Tire Size
P195/65R15 P185/65TR15
Spare Tire Size
Compact NA
Front Tire Order Code
Q1H NA
Spare Tire Order Code
ZAD NA
Rear Tire Size
P195/65R15 P185/65TR15
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA -
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA -
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA -
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA -
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
2733 2573
Wheels
Spare Wheel Material
- TBD - NA
Front Wheel Size (in)
15 x - TBD - 15 X 5.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
- TBD - NA
Rear Wheel Material
Steel Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
15 x - TBD - 15 X 5.5
Front Wheel Material
Steel Aluminum
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
6.3 -
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
438 410
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
100 90
Engine
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
125 @ 3800 123 @ 4850
Engine Order Code
LUW NA
Displacement
1.8L/110 1.6 L/97
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
138 @ 6300 138 @ 6300
Engine Type
Gas I4 Regular Unleaded I-4
Fuel System
Electronic Fuel Injection Gasoline Direct Injection
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
28 31
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
35 37
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
24 27
Transmission
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.74 0.77
First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.45 4.40
Clutch Size (in)
NA -
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.89 1.83
Trans Type
6 6
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 1.00
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
2.87 3.44
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.91 2.73
Trans Order Code
MH9 NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.47 3.06
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.44 1.39
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic Automatic w/OD
Summary
Vehicle Name
Chevrolet Sonic Kia Rio
Body Style
Sedan Sedan
Suspension
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs Strut
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
NA -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - -
Suspension Type - Rear
Torsion Beam Torsion Beam
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs Torsion Beam
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
NA -
Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson Strut Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
NA -
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
6.3 5.9
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating
Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger
Overall Side Crash Rating
Side Barrier Rating
Side Barrier Rating Driver
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat
Combined Side Rating Front Seat
Combined Side Rating Rear Seat
Rollover Rating

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