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 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
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4-Door Sedan Automatic
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
iA 4-Door Sedan Automatic 33 42 $15,960 $16,800
iA 4-Door Sedan Manual 31 41 $14,915 $15,700
Pricing
Invoice Price
$15,205
$16,926
$15,960
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$15,595
$17,755
$16,800
Monthly Payment Estimate
$260 / month
$296 / month
$280 / 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
24 mpg 27 mpg 33 mpg
Highway
35 mpg 37 mpg 42 mpg
Vehicle
Number of Passenger Doors
4 - -
EPA Classification
Subcompact Cars Compact Cars Subcompact Cars
Interior Dimensions
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
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
Exterior Dimensions
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
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
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
14.9 13.7 13.5
Brakes
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
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
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
12.2 11.4 11.6
Steering
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
34.5 33.5 32.2
Steering Type
Electric Pwr Steering Rack-Pinion Rack-Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.8 - -
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
NA - -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
14 - -
Tires
Spare Tire Size
Compact NA Compact
Front Tire Order Code
Q1H NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
ZAD NA NA
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
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 2416
Wheels
Rear Wheel Material
Steel Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
15 x - TBD - 15 X 5.5 16 X 5.5
Front Wheel Material
Steel Aluminum 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
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
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
138 @ 6300 138 @ 6300 106 @ 6000
Engine Type
Gas I4 Regular Unleaded I-4 Regular Unleaded I-4
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
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
24 27 33
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
28 31 37
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
35 37 42
Transmission
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 1.00 0.74
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
2.87 3.44 2.99
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.91 2.73 2.02
Trans Order Code
MH9 NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.47 3.06 3.82
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.44 1.39 1.00
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic Automatic w/OD Automatic w/OD
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.74 0.77 0.59
First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.45 4.40 3.53
Clutch Size (in)
NA - -
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.89 1.83 1.35
Trans Type
6 6 6
Summary
Body Style
Sedan Sedan Sedan
Vehicle Name
Chevrolet Sonic Kia Rio Scion iA
Suspension
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
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
NA - -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs Strut Strut
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
NA - -
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
6.3 5.9 4.7
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating
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Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
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Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver
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Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger
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Overall Side Crash Rating
-
Side Barrier Rating
-
Side Barrier Rating Driver
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Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
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Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat
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Combined Side Rating Front Seat
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Combined Side Rating Rear Seat
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Rollover Rating
-

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