The new July issue of Motor Trend has a road test comparison of an Aveo LS Hatchback, a Kia Rio Cinco and a Scion xA. All were 5 speeds but only the Aveo had a sunroof on it which ran the price up out of proportion. The road tester obviously never liked Daewoo, is suspect of Korean cars in general and is a died in the wool Toyota-Lexus lover so of course we end up with yet yet another biased report and that is typical for many of the leading auto mags. I have driven 3 Aveos, a Rio and recently my wife and I tested an automatic xA and were greatly disappointed. An Aveo with ABS stops shorter than a Scion with ABS, the Aveo has the best crash test record and has a 5 year, 60,000 mile power train warranty but he stated 3-36. If he compared the automatic Aveo to an automatic Scion he would find the Aveo to feel zippier right up to 80 mph while the Scion runs out of breath. At 75 mph or any speed for that matter the Aveo is quieter and rides much better. We saw no difference in fit, finish, paint, etc. and the Aveo seats are much more supportive and the back seat is decent for adults. Just try and squeeze in the back seat of a Scion xA. It is for kids only (wheelbase is 5 inches shorter) and the doors dont open wide enough and they publish false legroom stats for it.. The Scion xB box is far more vehicle than the xA but both of them suffer from weak A/C systems that dont do much in hot climates.. His remarks about the Rio are close and Im not saying the Scion is bad- it is fairly good but the Aveo is better except in a fast slalom perhaps. and he says some good things about Aveo but I think it is obvious he had him mind made up ahead of time You have to pay $15,000 for a Scion but can buy a nice Rio or Aveo for much less. The resale is less but you spent far less to begin with. I have owned 4 Toyotas and the quality was good but not unusual compared to many other brands I have had. The front seat in a Scion seems narrow and in fact the entire interior feels cramped. Somebody should set him straight. Just my opinion of course.
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