The United States is finally waking up to higher gasoline prices and now, like the rest of the world, we will be seeing quite a few new subcompact cars hitting the market. We have already seen the Scions, the just-released Hyundai Accent/Kia Rio, and over the next several months we will see the re-designed Chevy Aveo, Honda Fit, Toyota Yaris, and Nissan Versa. All will sticker in the $10,000 to $14,000 range.
Many will have a surprising amount of value and content for inexpensive cars-- for example, multiple air bags, antilock brakes, and IPod connections. At our recent local auto show in Reno, I sat in the Hyundai Accent and Kia Rio and was pleasantly surprised-- lots of interior room and comfortable seats.
The Scions and the Yaris (all Toyota products) drive me nuts with their center-mounted instrument clusters, but perhaps not enough so to keep me from buying one.
So... which ones, if any, do you like? Which do you think will be successes in the market?