The Rio comes as either a four-door sedan or five-door hatchback. All get a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine with 138 horsepower. The base LX comes equipped with a six-speed manual air conditioning, 15-inch wheels, trip computer, tilt steering wheel, split-folding rear seat, Bluetooth and four-speaker audio system with AUX and USB inputs. A six-speed automatic is optional, but standard on the EX, which also gets power windows and locks with remote keyless entry, front armrest, cruise control and a six-speaker audio system. The top-rung SX adds attractive 17-inch alloy wheels mated to a lowered and stiffened sports suspension and paddle shifters for the standard six-speed automatic, though a six-speed manual is an option. Leather-wrapped steering wheel, a backup camera and Kia's UVO voice recognition system is also standard.
The Chevrolet Sonic is available with a powerful and efficient turbocharged engine and is well made, but can be expensive and lacks the Kia's long warranty. The Ford Fiesta is more agile and fun to drive but can also be pricey and has a cramped rear seat. The Honda Fit has superior interior flexibility and is fun to drive, but isn't as efficient and doesn't have advanced in-car technology. The Toyota Yaris is less expensive and known for reliability, but has a cheap interior and isn't as efficient thanks to an outdated four-speed automatic.
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Despite plenty of choice in the category, the Rio stands out because it has all of the bases covered. It's comfortable and practical, with an efficient engine and lots of available features like leather seats and voice recognition, while coming standard with a five-year warranty and eye-catching looks. It will please people of all backgrounds and who need a car for commuting or just driving around town. For anyone looking at a small sedan or hatchback, the Rio should be near the top of your list.
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