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Toyota ECHO, Chevrolet Aveo, Kia Rio, Nissan Sentra, Honda Fit, Hyundai Accent, Toyota Yaris, Kia Spectra, Suzuki Forenza, Sedan
Mar 25, 2005 (3:11 pm)
Has anyone seen the new Kia Rio? Check it out at this link.
I think this will become the new king of the budget sedans such as the Chevrolet Aveo, Hyundai Accent, Toyota Echo. Maybe someone should throw these cars together in a comparison test. I also hear Honda will introducue a budget sedan called the City to the US in 2007. The Honda City is already on sale all over Asia.
#3002 of 3871 Re: The new Kia Rio [lexusrocks]
Mar 25, 2005 (5:20 pm)
A Rio/Accent comparo would be especially interesting since the new Accent is the same car as the Rio with some styling tweaks and possibly different suspension tuning. I think both cars will be tough competition for the Aveo. I don't know about the ECHO because A) it may not survive, and B) if it does survive, it will be refreshed soon--the new Yaris was just announced in Europe. The Honda Fit/Jazz (or whatever they will call it here) is supposed to be here next year. That will be the best competitor for the Rio/Accent I think, if Honda can keep the price in the same ballpark.
The small car market will be much more interesting in the next year.
Mar 25, 2005 (5:32 pm)
I'll be looking forward to seeing the crash tests of the new Rio, this has been a big weakness for Kia up until now.
#3004 of 3871 Re: crash test [muffin_man]
Mar 25, 2005 (5:49 pm)
It will be a big challenge for the 2400-pound Rio and Accent to pass that IIHS side impact test. At least Hyundai/Kia knew about it while still in the design cycle for their new little cars--probably one reason side curtains are standard; the cars would probably do miserably on that test without them.
Mar 25, 2005 (7:04 pm)
Nissan Micra, either. Nissan was threatening...I mean promising to bring the Micra over to the U.S.sometime this year IIRC.
By all rights a little rig like the Micra would do horribly in a side-crash IIHS test, too.
It is going to be a fun small car market right soon...this new Rio and the new Accent both look great to me. Both of them are improvements in styling IMO, I actually liked the original Rio styling better than this last little styling twist Kia gave the Rio, where it looks kind of like a Civic. This new design will be a better car for consumers hardware-wise and IMO it is the best looking Rio and Accent pair(or viewed inividually)yet. HyunKia continues to shine big time.
#3006 of 3871 Re: Don't forget about the [iluvmysephia1]
Mar 25, 2005 (9:32 pm)
You raise an interesting point re the Micra. I have been wondering why Honda has waited so long to bring the Fit/Jazz over here. Could it be that they know it would have no chance of doing well in the IIHS side impact crash test, so they are waiting until a new design is available to ship it to the U.S.?
Mar 27, 2005 (10:24 pm)
I just bought my aveo 2004 with 5-speed and a/c and nothing else. I had mulled over buying either a accent, rio, or aveo and after a year the car that won my heart was the aveo. It was the last 2004 on the lot so I got a good price on it.
I have check the mileage around town and I am getting 28.7-29.5, and I just drove it on a long trip and got 38.2mpg on the hiway. Yes, I have had many small cars and I know how to figure mileage. I was quite suprised by the hiway mileage and I was expecting 34-35mpg. I drove between 60-65mph. From Plano Tx. to Athens Tx. around to various family member homes in the area and back. Has anyone else got this kinda mileage on the hiway and what do the automatics get. I have a friend how wants one but cant drive a stick.
Mar 27, 2005 (10:26 pm)
Got just under 35mpg on a trip from LA to Mammoth and back with the automatic. Wish we had a 5spd...
Mar 27, 2005 (10:31 pm)
That doesnt seem like bad mileage on the automatic...how many miles have you got on it?
Mar 28, 2005 (8:37 am)
5700 miles so far.
Good highway mileage aside, while sitting in 2 hours of traffic each day, this car gets 22-24mpg. I think that when driven normally, we get the posted mileage.