2006 Kia Rio/Rio5

Good timing, and good results.

SEATTLE-Small cars are suddenly in again, as surely as $3 gas is newly unappetizing to folks stuck in four-year notes on full-size trucks and SUVs. And it's not just smart compact cars like the MINI that make sense in the era of $65-a-barrel oil. At those prices, the virtues of quieter efforts like the 38-mpg Kia Rio ring true and clear too.

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