2008 Kia Rio vs. Its Competition

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Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director

The Hyundai Accent four-door is essentially identical to the Kia Rio sedan; the Accent also comes in a hatchback version, as does the Toyota Yaris.

The Chevrolet Aveo is sized and shaped like the Kia Rio and Rio5, but has a slightly better interior.

The Honda Fit is the leader in this class, thanks to a clever folding rear seat, as well as superior fuel economy and crash performance.

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Quick Specs
The 2008 Kia Rio is a good choice among subcompacts and it’s stylish, but standard anti-lock brakes and better side-impact protection would help its case against the Honda Fit.
If most of your driving is around town with little interstate travel, the 2009 Chevrolet Aveo and Aveo5 are worth a look, especially if you want a bow tie out front.
The 2008 Honda Fit is one of the smallest cars on the road, but it’s fun to drive, huge inside, and a tremendous value.
The 2008 Hyundai Accent delivers econocar basics with a high-quality interior and fun handling for a great price.
The 2008 Toyota Yaris is one of the cheapest, and cheapest to run, of all new vehicles.
MSRP From    
Gas Mileage    
25 MPG City / 38 MPG Hwy27 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy27 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy24 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy29 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy
Gas I4Gas 4-CylinderGas I4Gas I4Gas I4
EPA Class    
CompactCompactSmall Station WagonCompactSubcompact
Style Name    
4-Door Sedan Manual4-Door Sedan LS5-Door HB Manual3-Door HB Manual GS *Ltd Avail*3-Door HB Manual (GS)
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront wheel drive
Passenger Capacity    
Passenger Doors    
Body Style    
4dr Sdn4 Door Sedan5-Door Hatchback3 Door HB Coupe3 Door Hatchback
Manual w/ODManual w/ODManualManual w/ODManual
Detailed Spec Comparison
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