Compare 2016 Chevrolet Sonic vs 2016 Kia Rio vs 2016 Scion iA

2016 Chevrolet Sonic
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2016 Kia Rio
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2016 Scion iA
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4-Door Sedan LS
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan LS 26 35 $13,986 $14,345
5-Door HB LS 26 35 $14,571 $14,945
4-Door Sedan LT 26 35 $15,508 $16,155
5-Door HB LT 26 35 $16,084 $16,755
4-Door Sedan LTZ 27 37 $18,791 $19,780
4-Door Sedan RS 27 34 $19,090 $20,095
5-Door HB RS 27 34 $19,090 $20,095
5-Door HB LTZ 27 37 $19,327 $20,345
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4-Door Sedan Manual LX
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan Manual LX 27 38 $13,901 $14,165
4-Door Sedan Automatic LX 27 37 $14,929 $15,395
5-Door HB Automatic LX 27 37 $15,027 $15,495
4-Door Sedan Automatic EX 27 37 $16,926 $17,755
5-Door HB Automatic EX 27 37 $17,052 $17,905
4-Door Sedan Automatic SX 27 37 $19,667 $20,755
5-Door HB Automatic SX 27 37 $19,801 $20,905
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4-Door Sedan Manual
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan Manual 31 41 $14,915 $15,700
4-Door Sedan Automatic 33 42 $15,960 $16,800
Pricing
Invoice Price
$13,986
$13,901
$14,915
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$14,345
$14,165
$15,700
Monthly Payment Estimate
$239 / month
$236 / month
$262 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.8
7.4
6.8
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. The 2016 Scion iA isn't fast or particularly roomy, but it delivers a great blend of features and performance for a remarkable subcompact price.
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Fuel Economy
City
26 mpg 27 mpg 31 mpg
Highway
35 mpg 38 mpg 41 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Subcompact Cars Compact Cars Subcompact Cars
Number of Passenger Doors
4 - -
Interior Dimensions
Second Leg Room (in)
34.60 31.1 34.4
Front Head Room (in)
38.70 40 38.2
Second Hip Room (in)
51.60 51.2 49.5
Front Shoulder Room (in)
53.40 53.1 53.1
Passenger Volume (ft³)
90.3 88.4 85.9
Second Head Room (in)
37.80 37.6 36.8
Second Shoulder Room (in)
53.00 52.1 50
Front Leg Room (in)
41.80 43.8 41.9
Passenger Capacity
5 5 5
Front Hip Room (in)
51.40 52.1 48.6
Exterior Dimensions
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
68.30 67.7 66.7
Track Width, Front (in)
59.40 59.8 58.9
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- TBD - 5.5 -
Length, Overall (in)
173.10 172 171.7
Height, Overall (in)
59.70 57.3 58.5
Track Width, Rear (in)
59.40 60 58.5
Wheelbase (in)
99.40 101.2 101.2
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
14.9 13.7 13.5
Brakes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
10.8 x 1.0 10.1 10.2
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
Yes NA Yes
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
NA Yes -
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
NA 10.3 7.9
Brake Type
Pwr 4-Wheel Disc Front Disc/Rear Drum
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
10.6 x 0.47 NA 7.9
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
12.2 11.4 11.6
Steering
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.8 - -
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
NA - -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
14 - -
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
34.5 33.5 32.2
Steering Type
Electric Pwr Steering Rack-Pinion Rack-Pinion
Tires
Rear Tire Size
P195/65R15 P185/65TR15 P185/60VR16
Rear Tire Order Code
Q1H NA NA
Front Tire Size
P195/65R15 P185/65TR15 P185/60VR16
Spare Tire Size
Compact NA Compact
Front Tire Order Code
Q1H NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
ZAD NA NA
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA - -
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA - -
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA - -
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA - -
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
2733 2494 2385
Wheels
Front Wheel Material
Steel Steel Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
- TBD - NA Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
15 x - TBD - 15 X 5.5 16 X 5.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
- TBD - NA Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Steel Steel Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
15 x - TBD - 15 X 5.5 16 X 5.5
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
6.3 - -
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
438 410 -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
100 90 90
Engine
Fuel System
Electronic Fuel Injection Gasoline Direct Injection Gasoline Direct Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
125 @ 3800 123 @ 4850 103 @ 4000
Engine Order Code
LUW NA NA
Displacement
1.8L/110 1.6 L/97 1.5 L/91
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
138 @ 6300 138 @ 6300 106 @ 6000
Engine Type
Gas I4 Regular Unleaded I-4 Regular Unleaded I-4
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
30 31 35
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
35 38 41
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
26 27 31
Transmission
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.94 1.04 0.97
Trans Description Cont.
Manual Manual w/OD Manual w/OD
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 0.77 0.65
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.72 3.77 3.58
Clutch Size (in)
- TBD - - -
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.32 1.29 1.29
Trans Type
5 6 6
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.75 0.89 0.80
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.30 3.70 3.45
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
1.96 2.04 1.90
Trans Order Code
M26 NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.94 3.83 4.11
Summary
Vehicle Name
Chevrolet Sonic Kia Rio Scion iA
Body Style
Sedan Sedan Sedan
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
NA - -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs Strut Strut
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
NA - -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - - -
Suspension Type - Rear
Torsion Beam Torsion Beam Torsion Beam
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs Torsion Beam Torsion Beam
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
NA - -
Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson Strut Strut Strut
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
5.9 5.6 5.1
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
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Combined Side Rating Rear Seat
-
Rollover Rating
-

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