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Chevrolet Spark only Minicar to Perform Well in Newer IIHS Crash Test

Chevrolet Spark IIHS small overlap test The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety recently put some of the smallest cars on the market through its crash tests, and overall, they did not do well. Out of 11 minicars from the 2013 and 2014 model years tested, only the Chevrolet Spark earned a Top Safety Pick award. The Spark received the highest rating of Good in the IIHS’ side, roof strength, head restraint and moderate overlap front tests, as well as the second highest rating of Acceptable in ... continue reading»

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Kia Rio Recalled For Airbag Issue

Kia is recalling 2006 to 2008 Rio models to fix an issue with its airbag system. The National Highway Traffic Safety Association reports, “The front passenger seat occupant sensor mat can experience fatigue cracking.” If the sensor mat cracks, the Rio’s occupant classification system (OCS) will not function properly. Autoblog writes that “it may not be able to detect whether a child is in the seat, nor will it be able to adjust the airbag deployment settings so as ... continue reading»

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Consumer Reports Rates Three Updated Small Cars Highly

The 2012 Kia Rio, Chevrolet Sonic and Hyundai Accent receive high ratings in road tests from Consumer Reports because they show “improvements in performance, equipment levels, and comfort.” The organization applauds these three all-new or redesigned affordable small cars because they break the stereotype that subcompact cars are cheap vehicles with uncomfortable rides and poor performance. The 2012 Kia Rio sedan receives the highest scores “thanks to nimble handling and a well-equipped cabin,” Consumer Reports says. Consumer Reports gives the ... continue reading»

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2012 Kia Rio Sedan Pricing Released

Kia released the redesigned 2012 Kia Rio 5-Door ahead of the sedan, but the four-door is soon to follow. It will be available in early 2012 and will start at $13,400, according to Kia. That makes the Rio sedan just one more addition to a slew of compact cars, like the Hyundai Accent, Nissan Versa and Chevrolet Sonic, that are redesigned or all-new for 2012. In terms of price, the Rio is more expensive than both the Accent and ... continue reading»

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2012 Kia Rio Hatchback Receives Price Drop

The 2012 Kia Rio five-door hatchback will start at less than $14,000, Kia announced Monday. The affordable small car will go on sale next month and cost $13,600 with a manual transmission and $14,700 with an automatic. A destination fee of $750 will also be added to the sales price. The 2012 Rio hatchback’s pricing reflects a price drop of almost $1,500 for the base model compared with last year’s base Rio five-door. When ... continue reading»

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