Jim, Easthampton, Mass.

Some entry-level models — small cars such as the 2011 Chevrolet Aveo, Hyundai Accent, Kia Rio and Nissan Versa — do not have standard antilock brakes. For example, they are optional on Aveo LT models and the Rio LX and SX and not available on base versions of either.

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That will change for all 2012 vehicles, as federal law will require all cars and light trucks to come with standard electronic stability control. Stability control relies on an antilock braking system to apply the brakes at individual wheels to prevent skids, so all vehicles will need to have ABS as well. With that in mind, some new-for-2011 models such as the Ford Fiesta and Chevrolet Cruze already have standard stability control and ABS.

Kia recently introduced the 2012 Rio at the New York International Auto Show, and antilock brakes are standard across the board instead of optional on upper-level models. Likewise, the 2012 Accent introduced in New York includes ABS among its standard features. For 2011, ABS is standard only on the Accent SE, optional on the GS and GLS and not available on the base GL.

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Answered by Rick Popely on May 3, 2011 in How Safe is This Car? | Permalink

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