Kia Rio Beats the Hyundai Accent and Chevy Sonic in Consumer Reports Subcompact Test

Consumer Reports has announced the latest results of its subcompact sedan test, in which the Kia Rio outpointed the Hyundai Accent and Chevy Sonic as the top rated sub-compact sedan in CR’s tests.

“Subcompact cars were once collectively known as “penalty boxes” for their noisiness, rudimentary interiors, uncomfortable rides, and weak performance. But now improved redesigns, combined with an affordable prices and impressive fuel economy, make a number of subcompact models good all-around choices for people looking to stretch their budget,” said David Champion, senior director of Consumer Reports Auto Test Center in East Haddam, Connecticut.

Consumer Reports found the new Chevrolet Sonic to be a relatively refined model that offers a quiet cabin for the class, agile handling, and excellent braking. But testers found the Sonic’s fuel economy is mediocre in this segment. The Hyundai Accent GLS sedan and Accent SE hatchback were not overly fancy, but they hit the mark for basic, sensible transportation and are good values.

The lowest scoring vehicles in the test were the Nissan Versa sedan and the Toyota Yaris hatchback.

Of the subcompact hatchbacks tested with automatic transmissions, the Honda Fit and Nissan Versa still hold the top spot, with the Rio hatchback taking the third spot.