4 Car Comparison: Sub-Compacts 2004 Chevrolet Aveo 2004 Hyundai Accent…

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4 Car Comparison: 2004 Chevrolet Aveo Hyundai Accent 2004 Forenza 2004 Toyota

You know, there was a time the term ‘‘sub-compact car’’ for cheap, boring transportation. But the best small cars, their high-revving engines and big car are enjoyable to drive, yet still affordable to own. And this we compare four of these entry level models, all a base price of under So, which one is the best one for your

Not an easy call, since all of our front-wheel drive sub-compact are solid little performers on the that won’t inflate the

First in line, the just 2004 Suzuki Forenza. in Korea by Daewoo, Forenza is the addition to American Suzuki’s lineup of family cars, just below the sportier Crisp lines make up the Pininfarina-styled 4-door sedan, a large 6-side window providing excellent visibility.

power comes from a twin-cam, 16-valve 4-cylinder It makes 119 horsepower and 126 pound-feet of the most in our test. A 5-speed transmission is standard. Mated to the 4-speed automatic, our Forenza hit 60 in a for its class 10.7 seconds. But we describe overall performance as Handling is quite nimble and with typical front-drive the Forenza is fun to kick around the The standard 15-inch all-season grip well.


The interior is very roomy. At cubic feet it is the largest in our and it has a long list of standard All models, S, LX, and our EX, include air, locks and windows, a cassette/CD and radio controls on the steering Our EX even has leather upholstery. A rear bench seat is while trunk space up a big 12.4 cubic feet. But as the car in our group, it was also the thirstiest. 26 miles per gallon in daily

Forenza base prices at $12,999 for the S, and reach to $15,499 for the EX. The of our group.

Next up, the 2004 Toyota Restyled last year, was Toyota’s attempt to woo young before Scion came Echo put Toyota’s top quality on a trendy and usable shape. on a 93.3-inch wheelbase, the Echo is the of our lot. But with lots of it looks taller than the

Echo’s power is a 1.5 liter, 16-valve four. Output is 108 and 105 pound feet of torque, for its class. Our track results 0-60 runs in a brisk 9.2 with the standard 5-speed Power and launch feel than expected. A 4-speed is available. Handling is secure, if not But Echo’s soft suspension 14 or 15-inch wheels did the best job of out road bumps and ruts.

And small on the outside, the Echo’s will surprise you. It roomy and chic with a driver’s seat and European-flavor The base Echo is, however, equipped, and even power air conditioning, and a CD have to be added. A folding rear seat is optional, but a 13.6 cubic trunk is standard and our test’s

Echo easily wins foursome’s fight in fuel Our test results were an 38.0 miles per gallon for the

Offered in two and four door Echo starts at a low $10,760, but rise to around $12,000 you add a few necessary options.

Our next the 2004 Chevrolet Aveo, is the of a new generation of small cars for domestic brands, and like the Forenza, is made by Daewoo.

spunky and budget friendly comes as a 4-door sedan or our hatchback, and owes its simple but attractive appearance to Italdesign. slightly larger than the Aveo’s 97.6 inch doesn’t compress its appeal.

power comes by way of a 1.6 liter 16-valve 4. It’s a class powertrain with 105 horsepower and 107 of torque, and 5-speed manual or automatic transmissions. Our Aveo took an also typical seconds to dash from Noise and vibration, however, less than expected.

with 14-inch tires, on the track proved a bit gritty. But on the the Aveo was a joy. Soft provided exceptional ride and a surprisingly quiet drive. the 5-passenger interior is uncluttered and efficient. Much like the the Aveo offers lots of and a comfortable driver’s helm.

A Special Value Model power steering but lacks air Base trim adds while the top LS has power locks, and a CD/MP3 stereo. In the rear, the 60/40 split folding expands the small 7.1 cubic cargo floor to a wagon-like 42 feet.

Toyota Echo hatchback

Fuel economy is We managed a good 30 on a mixed loop.

As to value, the Aveo and sedan start at $9,995 for the Value Model, and top out at a reasonable for a well equipped LS.

Our last contender is the now familiar Hyundai Restyled in 2003, the Accent Hyundai’s 100,000 mile warranty, the best protection sub-compacts. Available as a two-door or our four-door sedan, the Accent’s is uncomplicated and practical.

Accent packs a 1.6-liter, 16-valve in-line-4. Output is 104 and 106 pound-feet of torque. More or equal to Echo and Aveo. And our GL’s 5-speed manual a 4-speed automatic is optional track times read in 9.3 seconds. That’s right with the Echo. Ride is good, but not class best, as is Label it adequate and safe, but not fun. The Accent’s small 13-inch on all but the GT, contribute to its limited Overall, though, everyday day is quite acceptable.

As is the interior. The has a comfy driver’s seat, and a planned instrument panel. But you to order an option package for the GL to get power windows and a decent The standard folding rear leads to an 11.8 cubic trunk, smaller than Echo and Forenza.

EPA estimates are Our test loop yielded 35 per gallon for the 5-speed, slightly than the manual Echo.

And base prices range $10,539 to $12,739 before it’s Hyundai’s exceptional that just might be the selling point.

As to safety, all are available with anti-lock but only the Accent offers impact airbags and they’re

So, is there a winner here for Well, overall we’re smitten with the Chevrolet for commuting enjoyment. But it’s to argue with how much car you get for the with the Hyundai Accent. For size it’s the Suzuki and for quality, the Toyota Echo has an reputation.

It’s so long to boring econo-boxes of our past as we endure the daily commute any of our fab-4, and sing their praises mile after

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