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2011 Kia Rio 2011 Hyundai Elantra 2011 Honda Civic
2011 Kia Rio 2011 Hyundai Elantra 2011 Honda Civic
4dr Sdn Base
  • 4dr Sdn Base
  • 4dr Sdn LX
  • 5dr HB Rio5 LX
  • 4dr Sdn SX
  • 5dr HB Rio5 SX
4dr Sdn Man GLS (Alabama Plant) *Ltd Avail*
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  • 4dr Sdn Auto GLS (Alabama Plant) *Ltd Avail*
  • 4dr Sdn Auto Ltd (Alabama Plant) *Ltd Avail*
  • 4dr Sdn Auto Ltd (Alabama Plant)
DX Manual Sedan
  • DX Manual Coupe
  • DX Manual Sedan
  • DX Automatic Coupe
  • DX-VP Manual Sedan
  • DX Automatic Sedan
  • DX-VP Automatic Sedan
  • LX Manual Coupe
  • LX Manual Sedan
  • LX Automatic Coupe
  • LX-S Manual Sedan
  • LX Automatic Sedan
  • LX-S Automatic Sedan
  • EX Manual Coupe
  • EX Manual Sedan
  • EX Automatic Coupe
  • EX Automatic Sedan
  • EX-L Automatic Coupe
  • EX-L Automatic Sedan
  • Si Manual Coupe
  • EX Automatic Coupe with Navigation
  • Si Manual Coupe with Summer Tires
  • EX Automatic Sedan with Navigation
  • Si Manual Sedan
  • Si Manual Sedan with Summer Tires
  • EX-L Automatic Coupe with Navigation
  • EX-L Automatic Sedan with Navigation
  • Si Manual Coupe with Navigation
  • Si Manual Sedan with Navigation
  • GX Natural Gas Vehicle Automatic Sedan


MSRP $12,295 $14,945 $15,805
Invoice $12,060 $14,536 $14,571
Avg. Paid $8,044 $11,799 $10,912

U.S. News Scores

Overall 7.7 8.4 8.4
Critics' Rating 7.7 9.3 9.6
Performance 7.1 8.4 8.5
Interior 7.3 8.8 8.2
Operating Cost 8.4 8.5 8.4
Safety 6.3 10.0 8.5
Reliability 4.5 2.5 3.0

Pros & Cons

  • Good fuel economy
  • Low price
  • Great fuel economy
  • Outstanding safety scores
  • Class-exclusive available heated rear seats
  • Plenty of passenger and cargo space
  • Good gas mileage
  • Good reliability score
  • Bare-bones interior
  • Underpowered engine
  • Cramped seating
  • Poor safety scores
  • Engine could be more powerful
  • Lower safety scores than top competitors
  • Small trunk
  • Few standard interior features

General Specs

Transmission Manual Manual Manual
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fuel/Engine Gas I4 1.6L/98 Gas I4 1.8L/110 Gas I4 1.8L/110
MPG 28 City / 34 Hwy 28 City / 38 Hwy 26 City / 34 Hwy



Body Style 4 Door Sedan 4 Door Sedan 4 Door Sedan


Wheelbase(in) 98.4 106.3 106.3
Length, Overall (in) 166.9 178.3 177.3
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 66.7 69.9 69.0
Height, Overall (in) 57.9 56.5 56.5

Doors & Windows

Rear Defrost Standard Standard Standard
Power Windows Standard Standard

Exterior Features

Rear Spoiler Optional Optional


Base Curb Weight (lbs) 2365 2661 (est) 2630

Tires & Wheels

Tires - Front All-Season Standard Standard Standard
Tires - Front Performance Optional
Tires - Rear All-Season Standard Standard Standard
Tires - Rear Performance Optional
Compact Spare Tire Standard
Tire Pressure Monitoring System Standard Standard Standard
Aluminum Wheels Optional
Wheel Locks Optional Optional
Steel Wheels Standard Standard Standard
Wheel Covers Standard Standard


Convenience & Comfort

Alarm Standard
Auxiliary Pwr Outlet Standard Standard
Cruise Control Optional
Vehicle Anti-Theft System Standard
Fog Lamps Optional
Auto-Off Headlights Standard
Front Reading Lamps Standard
Remote Engine Start Optional
Adjustable Steering Wheel Standard Standard Standard
Leather Wrapped Steering Wheel Optional
Trip Computer Standard
Remote Trunk Release Standard
Universal Garage Door Opener Optional
Intermittent Wipers Standard Standard Standard
Variable Speed Intermittent Wipers Standard Standard
Front Floor Mats Optional Optional Optional
Keyless Entry Standard
Power Door Locks Standard
Electrochromic rearview mirror Optional Optional
Heated Mirrors Standard
Power Driver Mirror Standard
Driver Vanity Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Passenger Vanity Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Manual Steering Standard
Power Steering Standard Standard


Passenger Capacity 5 5 5
Passenger Volume (cu. ft.) 92.2 95.6 90.9
Front Head Room (in) 39.6 40.0 39.4
Front Leg Room (in) 42.8 43.6 42.2
Front Shoulder Room (in) 53.5 55.9 53.7
Front Hip Room (in) 50.8 53.5 51.9
Second Head Room (in) 37.8 37.1 37.4
Second Leg Room (in) 34.3 33.1 34.6
Second Shoulder Room (in) 53.1 54.8 52.4
Second Hip Room (in) 50.0 52.7 51.0
Trunk Volume (cu. ft.) 11.9 14.8 12.0


AM/FM Stereo Standard Standard Optional
Auxiliary Audio Input Standard Standard
CD Changer Optional
CD Player Standard Standard Optional
MP3 Player Standard Standard
Satellite Radio Standard Standard Optional

Heating & Cooling

A/C Optional


Cloth Seats Standard Standard Standard
Pass-Through Rear Seat Standard Standard
2nd Row Bench Seat Standard Standard Standard
Bucket Seats Standard Standard Standard



Driver Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Passenger Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Side Head Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Rear Head Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Side Air Bag Standard Standard Standard


4-Wheel ABS Standard Standard
4-Wheel Disc Brakes Standard
Front Disc/Rear Drum Brakes Standard Standard

Safety Features

Brake Assist Standard
Electronic Stability Control Standard
Daytime Running Lights Standard Standard
Child Safety Locks Standard Standard Standard
Traction Control Standard
Emergency Trunk Release Standard Standard Standard


Engine & Performance

Front Wheel Drive Standard Standard Standard
4 Cylinder Engine Standard Standard Standard
Engine Type Gas I4 Gas I4 Gas I4
Displacement 1.6L/98 1.8L/110 1.8L/110
Horsepower (Net @ RPM) 110 @ 6000 148 @ 6500 140 @ 6300
Torque (Net @ RPM) 107 @ 4500 131 @ 4700 128 @ 4300
Transmission Manual Manual w/OD Manual
Turning diameter 32.7 34.8 34.8


Gasoline Fuel Standard Standard Standard
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 28 28 26
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 34 38 34
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 11.9 12.8 13.2


Suspension Type - Front MacPherson Strut MacPherson Strut MacPherson strut
Suspension Type - Rear Torsion Beam Torsion Axle Multi-link
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) w/Coil Springs w/Coil Springs
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) w/Coil Springs


Manual Standard Standard Standard
5-Speed Manual Standard Standard
6-Speed Manual Standard

Safety scores should only be compared between vehicles of similar size and weight. Larger, heavier vehicles generally provide more protection than smaller, lighter ones.