2019 Kia Rio vs. Its Competition

2019 Kia Rio
Andrew Ganz Andrew Ganz Senior Editor

If you’re looking at the Kia Rio, the Hyundai Accent should be on your shopping list as well.

Beneath their sheet metal, these two are essentially the same car—so pick the price and styling you prefer.

The Chevy Sonic’s optional turbo engine is potent, but its price can climb quickly.

The Honda Fit is the most versatile small car around, and its hefty price reflects it.

The Toyota Yaris tells two tales: The hatchback is dour, while the Mazda-designed sedan is a Miata with four doors.

If the price is your sole consideration, the Nissan Versa is probably on your list—we’d spend a few bucks more for most rivals.

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Quick Specs
The 2019 Kia Rio gives used cars a run for their money with its great warranty, good ride, safety tech, and spacious interior.
The 2019 Chevrolet Sonic shows its age but remains a good choice for an inexpensive car with surprising technology.
The 2019 Ford Fiesta can deliver thrills, but it shows its age in too many ways for us to recommend.
The 2019 Honda Fit is the spiritual successor to what put Honda on the map: it's small, versatile, and fuel efficient.
The 2019 Nissan Versa is the cheapest way to get new-car smell and a full warranty, but rivals deliver plenty for not much more.
The fun 2019 Toyota Yaris sedan has thankfully outlived its hatchback cousin.
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Regular Unleaded I-4Turbocharged Gas I4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4
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S Automatic4-Door Sedan Manual LSS SedanLX ManualS ManualL Manual (GS)
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Detailed Spec Comparison
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