The 2011 Kia Rio is another sedan entry on our list of cheap compact cars, and despite its modest price it comes fairly well equipped for an entry-level automobile. Notable items found within the base Kia Rio include a four-speaker stereo system that offers AM/FM radio, SIRIUS satellite radio, an MP3-capable CD player and a USB / auxiliary input. Also present and accounted for are tinted windows, a rear window defroster, intermittent wipers and an airbag package that includes front, seat-mounted and side curtain airbags, with the latter stretching the entire length of the vehicle's passenger compartment.
Powering the 2011 Kia Rio is a 1.6-liter, four-cylinder engine that puts out 110 horsepower and 107 lb-ft of torque. Mated to a five-speed manual transmission, the Rio offers fuel economy rated at 28-mpg in stop and go driving and 34-mpg on the highway.