2022 Kia Rio vs. Its Competition

2022 Kia Rio
Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director

The subcompact car segment is losing entrants quickly.

The redesigned Nissan Versa is one of the best in the niche; it has an elevated feel and is available with some luxurious options.

The Hyundai Accent is a kissing cousin to the Rio, and it comes with a few more features for a slightly higher price.

Any of the new small SUVs offer a step up from the Rio in features and performance, from the Chevy Trailblazer to Kia’s own Seltos; the Hyundai Venue rivals it for low cost and low performance.

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#13 in Small SUVs
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Quick Specs
5.2
The 2022 Kia Rio lacks some standard features, but fuel economy and value aren’t among them.
5.6
The 2022 Chevrolet Trailblazer blazes few new trails, but it’s a pleasant enough, city-friendly SUV.
5.0
The 2022 Hyundai Accent cheaps out on safety, but otherwise spreads good economy-car cheer.
6.2
The 2022 Hyundai Venue makes good on space and value and is one of the better ways you can spend $20,000 on a new vehicle.
6.2
The 2022 Kia Seltos pairs a superlative warranty and a low price to step to the front of Kia’s small-crossover lineup.
6.2
The 2021 Nissan Versa doesn’t claim the cheapest-car title anymore—and it doesn’t look, feel, or drive like it anymore, either.
MSRP From     
$16,150$21,600$16,645$18,900$22,490$14,980
Gas Mileage     
33 MPG City / 41 MPG Hwy26 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy33 MPG City / 41 MPG Hwy29 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy25 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy27 MPG City / 40 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Regular Unleaded I-4Gas I3Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4
EPA Class     
Compact CarsSport Utility VehiclesCompact CarsMidsize CarsSmall SUV 4WDCompact Cars
Style Name     
LX IVTFWD 4-Door LSSE Sedan IVTSE IVTLX IVT AWDS Manual
Drivetrain     
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
555555
Passenger Doors     
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style     
SedanSport UtilitySedanSport UtilitySport UtilitySedan
Transmission     
CVT w/ODContinuously Variable RatioCVT w/ODCVT w/ODCVT w/ODManual w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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