2018 Kia Rio vs. Its Competition

2018 Kia Rio
Aaron Cole Aaron Cole Managing Editor

The Chevy Sonic and Honda Fit sit atop our small-car class for two reasons: drivability and flexibility, respectively.

Both excel at making the compact class entertaining and the Kia Rio encroaches on both makes.

The Nissan Versa likely will be the most affordable new car in America this year, although we’d hardly recommend anyone taking them up on that offer.

The Ford Fiesta is aged inside and out, but offers a chunky turbo-3 that’d be entertaining for urban-dwellers.

The Toyota Yaris is dismal as a hatch but much better as the Yaris iA sedan, even though it’s plenty pricey.

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Quick Specs
5.4
New-car buyers seeking the comforts of a factory warranty can be limited in budget picks. The 2018 Kia Rio does many little things right for not a lot of cash.
6.0
The 2018 Chevrolet Sonic remains a good choice among subcompacts, though it’s now aging and losing some luster.
4.3
The teensy 2018 Ford Fiesta lives its best life as a scintillating turbo-4 ST.
6.0
The 2018 Honda Fit spaces out when it comes to economy-car goodness.
3.8
The Nissan Versa is affordable transportation that has an appealing price—especially for students. It’s not quick but it is spacious, especially in hatchback form.
6.0
The 2018 Toyota Yaris is two cars: a fun-to-drive sedan called the "iA," and a hatchback relic that's hard to recommend. Four doors=four thumbs up.
MSRP From     
$13,900$15,295$14,205$16,190$12,110$15,635
Gas Mileage     
28 MPG City / 37 MPG Hwy25 MPG City / 37 MPG Hwy26 MPG City / 37 MPG Hwy29 MPG City / 40 MPG Hwy27 MPG City / 39 MPG Hwy30 MPG City / 40 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Regular Unleaded I-4Gas I4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4
EPA Class     
Compact CarsCompact CarsSubcompact CarsSmall Station WagonCompact CarsCompact Cars
Style Name     
LX Manual4-Door Sedan Manual LSS SedanLX ManualS Manual3-Door L Manual (GS)
Drivetrain     
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
555555
Passenger Doors     
N/A4N/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style     
SedanSedanSedanHatchbackSedanLiftback
Transmission     
Manual w/ODManualManual w/ODManual w/ODManual w/ODManual w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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