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2011 Hyundai Accent Vs 2011 Kia Rio

You have done your research online about different makes and models, checked out their MPG city and highway, their price, and went out to test drive the ones you choose. Now it comes down to two cars, the 2011 Hyundai Accent or the 2011 Kia Rio and you cannot decide which one to buy. Decisions….decisions….decisions…so in order to make it easier, this article will list the good and bad points of each car, and then you decide. It this comparison article does not help you decide, then flip a coin. Heads Kia Rio and Tails Hyundai Accent.

2011 Hyundai Accent 5.8 rating out of 10

The Hyundai has a base price of $9,985, which makes it the lowest priced car in the United States. With this based price you are not stuck with one design. You have your choice of the four door sedan or the three-door hatchback. It is an adequate commuter car but it lacks the sophistication seen in any other cars its size. Some reviews have called the Hyundai Accent “homely” because from the outside, it looks short and stubby. But you should not judge a car by the way it looks on the outside. The inside of the three-door hatchback looks kind of sophisticated and stylish. This is important for those that like the Euro-hatch look.
Features, Pros, and Cons
o 110-horsepower, 1.6 liter four-cylinder engine
o Front wheel drive.
o Does fine in city driving with four-speed automatic or five-speed manual
o Highway speeds, careful calculation needed in passing other cars
o Running costs are low
o Comes with standard front, side, and curtain airbags
o No anti-lock brakes
o No electronic stability available
o Three-door hatchback offered in GL. GS and SE trims
o Sedan offered in upscale GLS trim
o Base price of $10,000 has no air conditioning, no power accessories, and no standard audio system.
o MPG city 27-26
o MPG Highway 34-36
o Great cargo and passenger room
o Near the bottom of its class in safety
o Adequate headroom and legroom for typical adult male in backseat of the sedan.
o Getting in and out of the hatch-back’s back seat is easier than some other two-door vehicles
o Front seats have short cushions.
o The steering wheel does not adjust for tile in bas Accent GL models.
o GLS and SE models range from $15k to $16K.
o Has great outward visibility.

The GS hatch-back has air conditioning and tilt steering. For those that want a truly well-equipped car, the SE is the way to go. The SE includes a sport tuned suspension, upgraded six-speaker sound system with USB inputs and iPod, power accessories, keyless entry, and steering-wheel audio controls.

2011 Kia Rio 6.3 rating out of 10

This car is one of the most aged designs in its class, although it looks passable it is bland inside and out. Since its introduction in 2006, it is has not changed much in appearance with pretty much the same design and styling. It does have a perky driving feel with a roomy interior.
Features, Pros, and Cons
o 110-hp, 1.6 liter four-cylinder engine
o Space for four adults
o Can squeeze three kids into backseat.
o Not much legroom in back
o Bench seat is quite hard
o Front Seats bit short but comfortable with good driving position
o During acceleration and cruising at higher speeds, engine noise can be obtrusive.
o Lack of safety features on some trims with lack luster crash-test scores and a poor score on side impact.
o No electronic stability control.
o Based price for Kia Rio is $12,295
o You can get a Rio SX, LX, or SX
o Has climate and audio control
o Most of the switchgear is up high and within easy reach
o You can a four-speed automatic or a five-speed manual
o Large trunk space
o Comes with side, curtain and dual front airbags.
o Active front headrests
o Anti-lock standard on all Rio and Rio5 models
o Has great outward visibility.
o Reliable transportation on a tight budget
o Basic model includes manual winding windows, no tilt or power steering, no air conditioning.
o With the five-speed manual you get MPG 28 city, and MPG 34 highway.
o With the four-speed automatic you get MPG 27 city and MPG 36 highway.
o All automatic models now come with an EcoMinder light. This will help you drive in a fuel efficient manner.
o With other models beside the basic, it can cost up to over $16K

With the Rio XL, the features you get are what most people consider the minimum features. You get air conditioning, tilt and power steering, split-folding rear sears, power locks, mirrors, and windows, keyless entry, and heated mirrors. The Rio SX has sports seats, Sirius Satellite Radio, and leather trim. The LX and SX have a USB audio port.

This is just some of the pros, cons, and features of these two economy efficient automobiles. Just remember, you get what you pay for and the 2011 Hyundai Accent is approximately $3,000 cheaper that the Kia Rio. Do you still need a coin to flip?

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