The 2012 redesign was a leap forward, making the Rio feel solid compared with some other subcompacts, bringing more power and space and better handling, along with a six-speed automatic transmission for better gas mileage.
The typical ride, noise and space limitations -- expected from a subcompact car -- count against it.
However, benefits include nimble handling, a smooth transmission, simple controls, and plenty of equipment for the price.
Antilock brakes, traction control, and electronic stability control are standard.
Higher trim models offer unexpected amenities such as heated seats and a rear-view camera.