2012 Kia Rio Tops Consumer Reports ShootoutMarch 26th, 2012 by Armaan Almeida
Consumer Reports‘ recent fuel-efficient subcompact shootout (see the May print issue or read online for subscribers) pitted five all-new-for-2012 models against each other, at last giving top honors to the 2012 Kia Rio.
The group also included the Hyundai Accent (the Rio’s mechanical twin), the Nissan Versa, the Chevrolet Sonic and the Toyota Yaris. Though these five cars represent some of the cheapest models on the market, the world’s automakers have finally realized that cheap doesn’t have to mean boring or poorly built.
CR praised the Rio for its handling, good braking performance and high level of standard features for a model at this price point. Gas mileage, 30 mpg using Consumer Reports‘ harsh procedures, is good but not tops in this test. That honor went to the Nissan Versa and Toyota Yaris, which each achieved a combined 32 mpg. The Versa, though, was called excessively noisy and a step backward from its predecessor, while the Yaris was also noted for noise and a drab interior.
The win marks a continued push toward better and better vehicles from Kia, which has seen its market share increase dramatically since 2010. The Rio is available in hatchback or sedan body styles, priced from $13,400.