Chevy Sonic, Kia Rio, Hyundai Accent top Consumer Reports subcompact test

Consumer Reports has just completed its latest testing for subcompact models and the Kia Rio EX comes out on top, edging out the Hyundai Accent and the Chevrolet Sonic.

The hatchback variant of the Rio came in third place, just behind the Honda Fit and Nissan Versa. The Rio picks up the top spot based on equipment, good handling, smooth shifting, good breaking, available features and user-friendly design.

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As for the Sonic that the Rio beat out, Consumer Reports found the cabin to be quiet for its class, and appreciated that handling and breaking on the car, but were disappointed with the fuel economy. When the Sonic LTZ hatchback was tested, which is the top of the line version, with a 1.4-liter turbo engine and manual transmission, CR was unsatisfied, stating that the model “didn’t live up to its sporty aspirations.” We all here have a slightly differing opinion, however.

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The Hyundai Accent GLS ad SE hatchback, Consumer Reports says they are good for the money and found them to be basic in a good way with some of the best fuel economy offered in the segment. Still, CR says that the suspension does not live up to its expectations, and noting the hard plastic materials used in the interior.

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The recently redesigned Nissan Versa sedan did not get very good reviews, and the Toyota Yaris still does not do well against its competition, and is referred to as “bare-bones transportation” due to noise, unpleasant ride and interior comfort, among other negative points.

By: Alexandra Koken