2014-2015 Lemon Aid New Car Reviews - Superminis

Superminis (referred to also as B-Segment cars) were once cramped, stark, slow and noisy. Those days are gone. Levels of comfort, cabin space, performance and refinement have increased to such an extent that for many people, there is no need to move beyond this segment unless you are seeking greater cabin space. Desirable features such as air-conditioning, power windows, locks and mirrors are either standard or optional on all of the cars in this category, with some cars offering luxury features like leather seating, navigation systems, Keyless Go and a rear-view camera. 

The only all-new car in the segment for 2015 is the Nissan Micra, which went on sale in the spring of 2014. Nissan's small car portfolio was getting crowded, so it discontinued the poorly received Versa sedan, moved the Versa Note a bit upmarket, and installed the new Micra as its entry-level car. The third-generation Honda Fit, now sourced in Mexico, is on now on sale, with the 2016 Mazda 2 due by the summer of 2015. The only other news of note for 2015 are mid-cycle refreshes of both the Hyundai Accent and the Toyota Yaris. 

Vital safety features like side-curtain airbags, ABS and Electronic Stability Control (ESC), once reserved for luxury cars, are standard on most of the cars in this segment, and luxury features, such as navigation and leather upholstery, are increasingly common.

The better cars in this class are economical to operate, very reliable, and have excellent resale value. However, unless you are a cash buyer, please pay attention to monthly payments for financing and especially leasing, which are often as high as they are for more expensive cars in the next size class up. 

Once covered in this section, the MINI Cooper has been moved to the Premium Compact section as most examples carry enough options to push the model out of the supermini price segment.

 

Chevrolet Sonic  Honda Fit  2016 Mazda 2  Nissan Versa Note 
Chevrolet Spark  Hyundai Accent  2014 Mitsubishi i-MiEV  Scion iQ 
Fiat 500  Hyundai Veloster  Mitsubishi Mirage  Smart ForTwo 
Ford Fiesta  Kia Rio, Rio 5  Nissan Micra  Toyota Yaris 
Honda CRZ  Kia Soul     

Chevrolet Sonic

Specifications


 

What’s new
10 Airbags standard on all models. 1.4L turbo is fitted to all LTZ models for 2015. OnStar with a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot is on all Sonics this year.

Performance
The refined base 1.8L four pulls strongly. The six-speed automatic transmission seeks the highest gear possible as quickly as possible but does react willingly to downshift requests. The 1.4L turbo is strong, smooth and sonorous. The turbo is best-suited to the automatic transmission as the manual is undermined by an abrupt clutch. Precise, nicely-weighted and communicative steering. The Sonic rides with a firm resilience and handles crisply without a trace of wallow. In town, the low-profile tire-equipped Sonic LTZ allows bumps to intrude into the cabin. Large turning circle. Highly-styled and well-finished cabin. The motorcycle-type instrumentation is attractive but also gimmicky and distracting. Comfortable seats offer good support. Spacious front seating. Rear passengers enjoy a comfortable seat and abundant legroom. Excellent headroom. Spacious trunk on the sedan. Vertical storage space on the hatchback is lessened by high trunk floor concealing a large under-floor storage bin.

Comments
The Sonic has been a success in Canada, with sales about 10 percent lower than those for the Ford Fiesta. Sedan and four-door hatchback versions of the Sonic are available. Engine choices include a normally-aspirated 1.8L four and a 1.4L turbo. Both produce virtually the same horsepower but the turbo generates greater torque at a lower RPM. Power reaches the front wheels via a six-speed automatic transmission or manuals with five (1.8L) or six speeds (turbo). The Sonic placed third in a four-car test that included the Kia Rio, Hyundai Accent and Toyota Yaris.

Pricing
The hatch body style is priced $500 (LS, LTX and RS) to $1000 (LT) higher than a sedan of the same trim level. The LT updgrade is good value, the RS is priced to reflect its extra content, but the LTZ is overpriced, even when the standard 1.4L turbo four, is accounted for. Good value leasing.

Reliability
Not rated due to insufficient data. The vehicles the Sonic replaced were rated below average. Possible trouble points could include the turbo engine and the suspension.   


Body Style: 4HB*, 4SD
Occupants: 2/3
Engines:
1.4L-4 T (138 HP), 1.8L-4 (138 HP)*

Transmissions: 5M, 6M, 6A* 
Drive Layout: Front-wheel drive
City Fuel Economy:  9.0L/100 km
Highway Fuel Economy:  6.7L/100 km
Active Safety Features: Standard
Additional airbags: Knee airbags for front occupants and outboard rear side airbags,
Warranty: 3/60,000, 5/160,000
Current Generation Debut:  2012
Country of Origin:  United States

IIHS Ratings:

Sml. Front: M

Mod. Front: G

Side: G

Roof: G

Rear: G

NHTSA Rating: 



2016 Chevrolet Spark

Specifications

NEW

 

What’s new
All-new second-generation Spark for North America.

Comments
Though sold for many generations overseas under the Daewoo Matiz nameplate, the new Spark is only the second-generation of the car to reach North America. Whimsical styling touches, like the oversized grille and headlamps, as well as the pronounced ski-boot like profile, have given way to a more conservative look. The incredibly chic and avant-garde cabin of the previous Spark is gone, replaced by a more mainstream look that features conventional gauges and simple, logical controls. Interior fit and finish are very good for this class. Like the previous Spark, cabin space is impressive for such a small car, with easy access to the rear seat and acceptable legroom if those in front are willing to sacrifice a bit of their own legroom. Replacing the crude and noisy 1.2L four, a new 1.4L produces 98 horsepower, 14 more than before. Power reaches the front wheels via a five-speed manual transmission or a CVT. At this time, the APA can't confirm the extent of improvements to performance on the road, but the previous model was unrefined and needed more development to be competitive in the North American market. Available active safety equipment includes blind spot and lane departure warnings. A forward collision warning system will also be available.

Pricing

Leasing is not that enticing. Payments for a Spark 1LT are basically the same as they are for a similarly-equipped Nissan Micra SV. 


No pricing details are available. 
Reliability
New car, not rated, insufficient data. Previous GM cars from South Korea had a poor reputation. GM's previous attempts at CVT transmissions have not been successful.   


Body Style: 4HB
Occupants: 2/3
Engines:                     
1.4L-4 (98 HP)

Transmissions: 5M, CVT* 
Drive Layout: Front-wheel drive
City Fuel Economy:  n.a
Highway Fuel Economy: n.a
Active Safety Features: Available active safety equipment includes blind spot and lane departure warnings. A forward collision warning system will also be available
Additional Airbags:  Standard front occupant knee airbags and rear seat outboard side airbags. 
Warranty: 3/60,000, 5/160,000
Current Generation Debut:  2016
Country of Origin:  South Korea

IIHS Ratings:

Sml. Front: A

Mod. Front: G

Side: G

Roof: G

Rear: G

NHTSA Rating: 



Fiat 500

Specification


 

 

What’s new
New seven inch customizable gauge cluster is optional on the Pop, standard on the Sport and Lounge. Bluetooth audio streaming is a new option as is an automatic transmission for the 135 horsepower 1.4L turbo model.

Performance
The normally-aspirated 1.4L engine sounds gruff and strained much of the time. The six-speed automatic transmission permits mechanically relaxed cruising and works well enough in the countryside but poorly chosen lower gears, bad programming or a combination of both result in a car that always seems to be in the wrong gear in the city. Downshifts are eager enough. Putting the transportation in "Sport" mode leads to less in-town lethargy, but also increases revs at highway speeds.  The steering, which is light and quick for tight turns and parking in town, firms up at higher speeds, but lacks feedback. The frim ride has a resilience that absorbs most of the harshness from large bumps. The 500's diminutive size confirms a certain agility but handling demonstrates considerable lean in curves and lacks any sense of fun. The 500 is pushed around by crosswinds. Firm, progressive brakes with a high ABS engagement threshold. The Abarth's fizzy 160 horsepower turbo engine accelerates briskly. The new 135 horsepower "Turbo" model is a balanced performer. Pronounced wind noise. The single instrument pod cleverly contains a round electronic read-out at its centre, ringed by a tachometer, which in turn is surrounded by the speedometer. It looks good and works well, but the speedometer and tachometer graphics are too cartoonish, disappointing in a car where so much effort was expended on design. Much better dashboard ergonomics than on the MINI. The very attractive cabin features a large exterior-body colour insert on the dashboard. The radio controls are diabolical and opting for the cruise control (which includes radio controls on the steering wheel) or the Sport trim to get the audio controls on the steering wheel, is virtually a necessity. Very good audio system with deep lows and crisp highs. The satellite radio signal cut out frequently. The procedure to hook up the Bluetooth phone system is bit of a mytery and deleting your phone even more so. Efficient heating and defrosting. The air conditioning was not as cold as desired on really warm days.  The front seats are deeply padded but some found them a bit firm, with the backrest being too firm and flat for some drivers. Low windshield header. The high roof permits easy cabin access, and while rear legroom is tight, headroom is adequate and ingress/egress is better than on a number of other small cars. The rear seat head restaints are poorly placed and very uncomfortable. The massive sunroof of the cabrio model seals tightlly and causes little wind noise. The top itself opens and closes easily and includes an interlock that precludes the top opening fully above a certain speed. Little wind buffeting with the top fully open up to around 100 km/h. When fully retracted, the roof blocks the view of the rear view mirror, but the substantial door mirrors are helpful. On the hatchback, the trunk is tall, regularly shaped and reasonably roomy for such a small car. The trunk on the carbio has a small opening but the space inside is quite decent and is not compromised by the folding top. 

Comments
The 500's look was inspired by the Nuova 500 of 1957. Fiat's new car was styled by Frank Stephenson, the same designer who penned the first BMW MINI. The 500 is beautifully detailed and extremely chic. Labelled a cabriolet, the open-top 500, which has a cloth roof that unfurls electrically between fixed roof pillars, has traditionally been referred to as a "transformable".  A normally-aspirated 1.4L four, as well as two different versions of a 1.4L turbo, are available. Two transmissions, a five-speed manual and a six-speed automatic, are offered.

Pricing
Adding cruise control and air conditioning to the Pop trim level elevate the price too close to that of the well-equipped Sport model for the Pop to be a sensible choice. Bargain Lounge upgrade comes with a wealth of additional equipment. The sophisticated top on the Cabrio is a wonder but charging essentially $3400 (Lounge) to $4000 (Pop) for a gigantic sunroof borders on cheeky. Leasing is not available. 

Reliability
Not rated due to insufficient information. Some complaints received regarding powertrain electronics. 


Body Style:  2HB, 2CV
Occupants: 2/2
Engines:
1.4L‑4 (101 HP)*, 1.4L‑4T (135 HP [Turbo], 160 HP [Abarth]) 

Transmissions: 5M*, 6A 
Drive Layout: Front-wheel drive

City Fuel Economy:  8.7L/100 km
Highway Fuel Economy:  6.9L/100 km
Active Safety Features: Standard
Additional Airbags: Driver's side knee airbag
Warranty: 3/60,000, 5/100,000
Current Generation Debut:  2012
Country of Origin:  Mexico

IIHS Ratings:

Sml. Front: P

Mod. Front: G

Side: G

Roof: G

Rear: G

NHTSA Rating: 



Ford Fiesta

Specifications


 

 

What’s new
Air conditioning is now standard on all models. Leather upholstery is now part of the Titanium trim group.

Performance
The Fiesta's 1.6L engine lacks response at low revs but does perform enthusiastically at higher revs. Gearing favours fuel economy more than performance. Except for excess gear whine, the manual transmission, with a silken smooth clutch, is a delight. The dual-clutch automated manual transmission works well but shifts can be abrupt, especially in traffic. Nicely weighted, precise steering. A resilient ride and precise handling reflect careful suspension development. Strong, progressive braking. The traction control cannot be turned off to allow for some wheelspin if you are stuck in the winter. Attractive gauges in the 2014 Fiesta replace the amateurish dials in the pre-facelift version of the car. Except for confusing radio operation, controls are straightforward and work well. Tight cabin space, especially in the rear. The Honda Fit and Nissan Versa are significantly roomier, with the Accent and Rio more welcoming as well. Good cargo space on the hatchback, with the sedan having an enormous trunk for such a small car. The Fiesta finished second place in a three car test, ahead of the Mazda 2 and behind the Honda Fit. The new ST is a thrilling drive but the bolstering of its Recaro seats is too extreme for many body types.

Comments
The Fiesta is available in sedan and hatchback forms. One engine, a 1.6L four, can be hooked up to either a five-speed manual transmission or a six-speed dual-clutch automated manual transmission. The ST is equipped with a 197 horsepower 1.6L turbo four that is mated exclusively to a six-speed manual transmission. A 1L turbocharged three-cylinder engine was announced for the Fiesta but never went on sale.
Pricing

Sedan and hatchback models are now priced the same. While upgrading from the S to SE is expensive, the SE is nevertheless the best value trim level of the lineup. The Titanium package is a bargain if you want its luxury features. The 1L three-cylinder turbo model, available only with manual transmission, is a $1500 option over the 1.6L four. Leasing is not worth pursuing.

Reliability

Average reliability thus far. Long-term reliability of the dual clutch automatic transmission unknown. Avoid the unproven 1L three-cylinder turbo engine. Rapid brake wear reported.
 


Body Style: 4HB, 4SD
Occupants: 2/3
Engines:
1.6 L‑4 (120 HP)* , 1.6L-4 T (197 HP), 1L-3 T (123 HP estimate)

Transmissions: 5M*, 6M (ST), 6A (automated manual)*

Drive Layout: Front-wheel drive

City Fuel Economy:  8.7L/100 km
Highway Fuel Economy:  6.4L/100 km
Active Safety Features: Standard
Additional Airbags: Driver's side knee airbag

Warranty: 3/60,000, 5/100,000
Current Generation Debut:  2011
Country of Origin:  Mexico

IIHS Ratings:

Sml. Front: M

Mod. Front: G

Side: G

Roof: G

Rear: G

NHTSA Rating: 



 

 

Honda CR-Z

Specifications

 

 

What’s new
Honda Performance Development (HPD) kit, with suspension, brake, clutch, exhaust and appearance modifications including a supercharger (manual transmission only) will be available sometime in the spring of 2015.

Performance
Adequate power from the hybrid system is delivered with uncommon smoothness. Power reaches the front wheels via a precise manual gearchange that combines with a smooth, progressive clutch to make the CR-Z a delight to drive. The well-sorted auto-stop feature works very well with the manual transmission. Firm, yet resilient ride. The precise, nicely weighted and geared steering provides plenty of feedback from the road. The CR-Z is agile and feels impressively solid. The workings of the regenerative braking system is transparent to the driver. The CR-Z's arresting looks compromise rear visibility. The chic cabin features space-age upholstery and attractive finishes. Cleverly-designed, slick-acting controls. The gauges consist of a digital speedometer ringed by a tachometer. The main gauge background colour glows green when the car is driven abstemiously, blue in normal driving and red when the Sport mode is engaged. Comfortable seats reside in a spacious two seater cabin. The two storage bins behind the front seats are jump seats in other markets. Good cargo space and versatility for such a small car. While not quick for a sporty car nor as fuel-frugal as expected of a hybrid, the CR-Z is a genuine pleasure to drive and significantly better sorted out than the mediocre Insight it is based on. 

Comments
The CR-Z is available with either a six-speed manual transmission or a CVT.

Pricing

The Premium package contains about $4000 in features for $2500. Honda does not want this car back as leasing terms are unimpressive.

Reliability
Not rated due to insufficient sales. Above average reliability predicted.  


Body Style: 2HB
Occupants: 2
Engines:
1.5 L‑4 H (130 HP combined), 1.5 L- 4 H S (not available)

Transmissions: 6M*, CVT
Drive Layout: Front-wheel drive

City Fuel Economy:  6.5L/100 km
Highway Fuel Economy:  6L/100 km
Active Safety Features: None
Additional Airbags: None

Warranty: 3/60, 000, 5/100,000, 8/160,000 (hybrid components)

Current Generation Debut:  2011
Country of Origin:  Japan

IIHS Ratings:

Sml. Front: N/R

Mod. Front: G

Side: G

Roof: G

Rear: G

NHTSA Rating: 



Honda Fit

Specificatio

NEW

 

What’s new
All-new third-generation Fit is built in Mexico.

Comments
The third-generation Fit is set to go on sale in Canada over the next few months. The new car, built on a 30 mm longer wheelbase, is 41 mm shorter and marginally wider that its predecessor. Styling is crisp and clean, with an interesting Pininfarina-esque profile indentation.
Space-efficiency, a traditional Fit virtue, continues with this new model. Passenger space, cargo capacity and versatility are all extraordinary for a car of the Fit's size. What is new for the Fit is an upscale look to the cabin, as well as an array of luxury features including Keyless Go, sunroof, and heated leather seats. All Fits are equipped with Bluetooth phone hookup as well as a multi-view rear camera. High-end models feature Honda's Lane Watch system that debuted in the 2013 Accord.
Power stems from a direct-injected 1.5L four that produces 130 horsepower, 13 more than last year. Transmission choices include a six-speed manual or a CVT.
Built in China for the last two years, Canadian market Fits are now sourced in Mexico. Despite poor incentives leading to uncompetitive monthly payments, the utility of the Fit enticed about 9000 Canadians to buy one last year. Honda is said to be seeking bigger sales numbers for the Fit this time.

Pricing
Though the cheapest Fit, the DX, is advertised at $14,495, without air-conditioning or automatic transmission, even as options, it is merely a sleight of hand. Equipped with automatic transmission, the $18,585 LX is the least expensive Fit most people will buy. The LX and EX trim upgrades are priced to reflect the extra content in the packages. The EX-L Navi model, with leather seating and Navigation, is a bit of a bargain. That said, the Fit is not cheap, with the LX priced roughly the same as a Civic LX and monthly payments are essentially the same. Those who want the virtues of spectacular space efficiency of the Fit are perfectly happy to pay a C-segment price for a B-segment car. Good value leasing. 

Reliability
The previous Fit was rated above average. The reliability of this new Mexican built Fit is unknown.


Body Style: 4HB
Occupants: 2/3
Engines:
1.5 L-4 (130 HP)

Transmissions: 6M, CVT* 
Drive Layout: Front-wheel drive
City Fuel Economy:  7.1L/100 km
Highway Fuel Economy:  5.7L/100 km

Active Safety Features: Available passenger side-view camera

Additional airbags: None


Warranty: 3/60,000, 5/100,000
Current Generation Debut:  2015
Country of Origin:  Mexico

IIHS Ratings:

Sml. Front: A

Mod. Front: G

Side: G

Roof: G

Rear: G

NHTSA Rating:



Hyundai Accent

Specifications

 

What’s new
Mid-cycle remake including mildly revised exterior styling, cabin updates and a new SE trim level.

Performance
The smooth, direct-injected 1.6L four delivers fairly lively acceleration but excessively tall gearing on the manual transmission leads to downshifts on even modest grades. Precise gearchange is allied to a smooth clutch. The responsive, crisp-shifting six-speed automatic transmission permits serene highway cruising. Well-suppressed wind noise but road noise and ping from road debris are intrusive. The nicely weighted and geared steering lacks the precision of the related Kia Rio. Except for excess rear suspension rebound over big bumps, the Accent has a well-judged ride-handling compromise. Matte-finished textured hard plastic and elegant fabrics make for a chic cabin for this market segment. Big, clear gauges and logical, slick-acting controls. Strong air conditioning, good heating and comforting heated seats.The small rear window wiper clears only a small part of the window. Comfortable seats combine with good cabin space for this segment. Tight toe space under the front seats. Enormous trunk on the sedan and a spacious, versatile cargo area on the hatchback model. The Accent was ranked second, behind the Kia Rio, in a four car test that included a Chevrolet Sonic and Toyota Yaris.

Comments
The fourth-generation Accent is available in sedan and hatchback forms. The hatchback accounts for the majority of sales. High-end technologies like direct fuel injection and six-speed transmissions are standard on all models. One engine, a 1.6L four with 138 horsepower, can be hooked up to either a six-speed manual transmission or a six-speed automatic. 

Pricing
The GL and SE trim upgrades are bargains. Compared with the SE, the GLS model is priced to reflect its extra content. The hatchback body style costs $300 to $350 more than a sedan of the same trim level. Leasing is poor value and not worth pursuing.

Reliability
Good reliability predicted. Unproven engine and transmissions.  


Body Style: 4HB*, 4SD
Occupants: 2/3
Engines:
1.6L-4 (138 HP)

Transmissions: 6M, 6A* 
Drive Layout: Front-wheel drive
City Fuel Economy:  9L/100 km
Highway Fuel Economy:  6.4L/100 km
Active Safety Features: None

Additional Airbags: None
Warranty: 5/100,000
Current Generation Debut:  2012
Country of Origin:  South Korea

IIHS Ratings:

Sml. Front: P

Mod. Front: G

Side: A

Roof: G

Rear: G

NHTSA Rating: 



2016 Hyundai Veloster

Specifications

 

What’s new
New vent-free hood design and revised grille for all Velosters. A new seven-speed dual clutch transmission replaces the previous conventional six-speed automatic transmission. Rally Edition of the turbo is new for 2016.    

Performance
The normally-aspirated direct-injected 1.6L four is smooth and refined, but has little pull below 2500 rpm. Manual transmission gearing exploits the power available in the lower gears, with fifth and sixth gears for cruising only. The crisp, short-throw gearchange is allied to a smooth, progressive clutch. Quick, nicely-weighted steering is more precise than that of the Accent but still lacks in road feel. On smooth pavement, the Veloster exhibits little lean, even in brisk cornering, However, rougher road surfaces upset the rear suspension and larger bumps can deflect the car off its intended path. Firm ride on all types of bumps on our car shod with 18" wheels; the 17" wheels and higher profile tires on the base model may ride better. Strong, progressive brakes with firm brake pedal feel suffers from premature ABS interventions under hard braking. Restricted rear visibility.

Comments
Built on a longer wheelbase and longer overall and wider than the Accent, the Veloster is more than just a simple spin-off of Hyundai's B-segment stalwart. With cycle-type fenders, asymmetric (one door on the driver's and two-doors on the passenger side), side profiles and fully-integrated Siamesed rectangular rear exhaust outlets, the Veloster is one dramatic piece of road sculpture. The base engine is a normally-aspirated 1.6L four that can be hooked up to either a six-speed manual transmission or a six-speed dual clutch automated manual transmission. The optional turbocharged engine can be linked up to a six-speed manual or a a new seven-speed dual clutch automatic.

Pricing
The SE package is priced to reflect is additional content. Very good value Tech package. When additional standard equipment is accounted for, the turbo engine costs roughly $1500. Leasing is not worth pursuing.

Reliability
Good reliability predicted, like the Accent it is based on. The dual-clutch automated manual transmission and the turbo engine are unproven. 


Body Style: 3HB
Occupants: 2/2               
Engines:
1.6L-4 (132 [auto]*, 138 HP [manual]), 1.6 L-4 T (201 HP)

Transmissions: 6M, 6A (clutchless manual/base)*, 7A (clutchless manual/turbo)
Drive Layout: Front-wheel drive
City Fuel Economy:  8.4L/100 km
Highway Fuel Economy:  6.5L/100 km
Active Safety Features: Standard
Additional airbags: None
Warranty: 5/100,000
Current Generation Debut:  2012
Country of Origin: South Korea

IIHS Ratings:

Sml. Front: M

Mod. Front: G

Side: A

Roof: G

Rear: G

NHTSA Rating: 


 

2016 Kia Rio, Kia Rio5

Specifications

 

 

What’s new
Revised frontal styling and package changes. Engine horsepower drops from 138 to 137. 

Performance
While the direct-injected four furnishes lively acceleration at higher revs, poorly chosen gear ratios (too high in the first three gears and too close in the last three), don't deliver the kind of performance expected from an engine rated at 137 horsepower. Serene cruising. The Rio's manual transmission has a smooth, progressive clutch and a precise gearchange. The nicely-weighted steering is more linear than that of the related Hyundai Accent. The Rio's suspension tames scarred urban pavement and, except for a rear suspension that gets bouncy over big undulations, the Rio feels confident in the twisties as well. Strong, progressive brakes. Thicker undercoating and other measures result in a Rio that is more refined than its Hyundai Accent platform mate. Big, crisply-marked gauges are part of a horizontal panel containing the audio controls. The climate controls are located in a shallow console hung just under the audio controls. All switches and knobs move with a cushioned precision. Some drivers find the front seats too firm and too flat. Adequate rear seat legroom but toe space is tight under the front seats and the rear backrest is too upright for comfort. Very chic two-tone cabin colour schemes available on the SX model. Roomy, versatile cargo bay on the hatchback and an enormous trunk on the sedan. Strong air conditioning and an excellent audio system.

Comments
The Rio's optional Eco's engine turns off the engine when stopped in traffic, restarting when the brake pedal is released. Kia claims improved urban fuel economy on cars with this feature. Luxury features like leather seats and Keyless Go are optional.

Pricing

With no air-conditioning or automatic transmission, even as options, the base LX trim level exists simply to advertise a low MSRP. Moving up to the LX+ trim level is terrific value and includes expected features such as air-conditioning, Bluetooth and cruise control. The EX and SX trim upgrades are bargains considering the equipment they contain. The SX+ model boasts luxury features such as navigation, heated steering wheel, leather upholstery and a sunroof. Hatchback bodies are priced $400 higher than sedans of the same trim level. Good value leasing for 2016.

Reliability
Good reliability predicted, with few complaints received thus far.


Body Style: 4HB, 4SD*
Occupants: 2/3           
Engines:
1.6L‑4 (137 HP) 

Transmissions: 6M, 6A* 
Drive Layout: Front-wheel drive

City Fuel Economy:  8.7L/100 km
Highway Fuel Economy:  6.4L/100 km
Active Safety Features: None
Additional Airbags: None
Warranty: 5/100,000
Current Generation Debut:  2012
Country of Origin: South Korea

IIHS Ratings:

Sml. Front: M

Mod. Front: G

Side: A

Roof: G

Rear: G

NHTSA Rating:


 

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