Compare 2020 Chevrolet Sonic vs 2021 Kia Rio

2020 Chevrolet Sonic
2021 Kia Rio
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4-Door Sedan LS
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Sonic 4-Door Sedan LS 26 34 $16,118 $16,720
Sonic 4-Door Sedan LT 26 34 $17,949 $18,620
Sonic 4-Door Sedan Premier 26 34 $19,974 $20,720
Sonic 5-Door HB LT w/1SD 26 34 $18,720 $19,420
Sonic 5-Door HB Premier 26 34 $20,745 $21,520
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LX IVT
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Rio LX IVT 33 41 $15,576 $16,050
Rio S IVT 33 41 $16,197 $16,690
Rio 5-Door S IVT N/A N/A $16,489 $16,990
Pricing
Invoice Price
$16,118
$15,576
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$16,720
$16,050
Monthly Payment Estimate
$279 / month
$268 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
4.7
5.3
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2020 Chevrolet Sonic looks and drives younger than its age, and still offers value and a pinch of fun. The 2021 Kia Rio feels bigger than its subcompact size, but skips some big-boy features.
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Fuel Economy
City
26 mpg 33 mpg
Highway
34 mpg 41 mpg
Vehicle
Number of Passenger Doors
4 -
EPA Classification
Compact Cars Compact Cars
Interior Dimensions
Second Hip Room (in)
51.6 52.4
Front Shoulder Room (in)
53.4 54.1
Passenger Volume (ft³)
90.3 89.9
Second Head Room (in)
37.8 37.4
Second Shoulder Room (in)
53 53.3
Front Leg Room (in)
41.8 42.1
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Front Hip Room (in)
51.4 52.9
Second Leg Room (in)
34.6 33.5
Front Head Room (in)
38.7 38.9
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Front (in)
59.4 60
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- TBD - 5.5
Length, Overall (in)
173.9 172.6
Height, Overall (in)
59.7 57.1
Track Width, Rear (in)
59.4 60.2
Wheelbase (in)
99.4 101.6
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
68.3 67.9
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
14.9 13.7
Brakes
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
NA -
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
NA 8
Brake Type
Pwr Front Disc/Rear Drum
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
9.0 x - TBD - 8
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
10.8 x 1.0 11
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
12.2 11.9
Steering
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
- TBD - -
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
34.5 33.5
Steering Type
Electric Pwr Steering Rack-Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
- TBD - -
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
N/A -
Tires
Rear Tire Order Code
Q1H NA
Front Tire Size
P195/65R15 P185/65TR15
Spare Tire Size
T115/70R16 Compact
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)
2857 2767
Wheels
Front Wheel Size (in)
15 x - TBD - 15 X 5.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
- TBD - Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in)
15 x - TBD - 15 X 5.5
Front Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Spare Wheel Material
- TBD - Steel
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
- TBD - -
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
438 410
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
100 130
Engine
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
148 @ 1850 112 @ 4500
Engine Order Code
LUV NA
Displacement
1.4L/83 1.6 L/98
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
138 @ 4900 120 @ 6300
Engine Type
Turbocharged Gas I4 Regular Unleaded I-4
Fuel System
Electronic Fuel Injection MPI
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
34 41
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
26 33
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
29 36
Transmission
Clutch Size (in)
NA -
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.91 -
Trans Type
6 1
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 -
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
2.94 2.82
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.96 -
Trans Order Code
MH8 NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.23 -
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.45 -
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic CVT w/OD
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.75 -
First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.58 2.68 - 0.39
Summary
Vehicle Name
Chevrolet Sonic Kia Rio
Body Style
Sedan Sedan
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
NA -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - -
Suspension Type - Rear
Semi-Independent 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 -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs Strut
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
6.2 4.9
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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