2017 Kia Rio vs. Its Competition

2017 Kia Rio
Aaron Cole Aaron Cole Managing Editor

The 2017 Kia Rio trades on a razor-thin value proposition that many in the segment make too.

We prefer the drivability of the Chevy Sonic—and its turbocharged engine—more than the Rio.

The Honda Fit is a good all-arounder with better mileage and a safety record.

Although the Hyundai Accent has better packaging, it's on equal pegging with the Rio because of its exceptionally poor safety record.

Both the Ford Fiesta and Nissan Versa Note aren't particularly favorites of ours, so we say choose wisely if you need cheap wheels.

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Quick Specs
The 2017 Kia Rio is a subcompact competitor that's falling behind the times. There are better cars out there for sure, but are there better deals?
The 2017 Chevrolet Sonic gets some safety and feature improvements, and should continue to score big on refinement and driving fun.
The 2017 Fiesta drops pro handling moves in ST trim, and 3-cylinders excel at sipping fuel--but all Fiestas have very tight interiors.
The 2017 Honda Fit gives up some fun-to-drive spunk for unparalleled interior space and flexibility.
The 2017 Hyundai Accent has a bargain pricetag and lots of space, but its safety scores aren't competitive.
MSRP From    
Gas Mileage    
27 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy24 MPG City / 38 MPG Hwy26 MPG City / 37 MPG Hwy29 MPG City / 40 MPG Hwy26 MPG City / 37 MPG Hwy
Regular Unleaded I-4Gas I4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4
EPA Class    
Compact CarsCompact CarsSubcompact CarsSmall Station WagonsCompact Cars
Style Name    
LX Manual4-Door Sedan Manual LSS SedanLX ManualSE Sedan Manual
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
Passenger Doors    
Body Style    
Manual w/ODManualManual w/ODManual w/ODManual w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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