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

Compact Cars Compact Cars Subcompact Cars

Interior Dimensions

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

Second Leg Room (in)

34.60 31.1 34.4

Front Head Room (in)

38.70 40 38.2

Exterior Dimensions

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

Liftover Height (in)

- TBD - - -

Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)

68.30 67.7 66.7

Cargo Area Dimensions

Trunk Volume (ft³)

14.9 13.7 13.5

Brakes

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

Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)

10.8 x 1.0 10.1 10.2

Fuel Tank

Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)

12.2 11.4 11.6

Steering

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

Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)

2.8 - -

Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)

NA - -

Tires

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

Rear 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

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 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

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 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

Fuel System

Electronic Fuel Injection Gasoline Direct Injection Gasoline Direct Injection

Mileage

EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)

35 37 42

EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)

24 27 33

Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)

28 31 37

Transmission

Clutch Size (in)

NA - -

Third Gear Ratio (:1)

1.89 1.83 1.35

Trans Type

6 6 6

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

Summary

Vehicle Name

Chevrolet Sonic Kia Rio Scion iA

Body Style

Sedan Sedan Sedan

Suspension

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

Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)

NA - -

Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)

w/Coil Springs Strut Strut

Emissions

Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year

6.3 5.9 4.7

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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