Blue 2020 Kia Rio and Blue 2021 Kia Forte

Kia vs Kia – Should I Get a Rio or a Forte?

2020 Kia Rio vs 2021 Kia Forte 

The smallest Kia sedan in the lineup continues to be the 2020 Kia Rio, followed by the next-in-line 2021 Kia Forte. Both Kia models have been staples in the lineup, offering their own unique blends of features and amenities. Shoppers from around Tampa Bay who are eager to get behind the wheel of a new Kia sedan often find themselves stuck and asking our team, “Should I get a Rio or a Forte?” 

In this quick Kia vs. Kia comparison, we are breaking down the key differences between these two vehicles to help you with your search for a new Kia.  

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Kia Rio vs Forte – Powertrain 

The 2020 Kia Rio is offered in two trim levels – LX and S – and both models are fitted with a 1.6-liter inline 4-cylinder engine mated to an Intelligent Variable Automatic Transmission. The compact Rio delivers 120 horsepower on the road and offers drivers an impressive EPA-estimated fuel economy of 33 mpg in the city, 41 mpg on the highway, and 36 combined mpg.  

The 2021 Kia Forte kicks it up a notch in the performance category, offering two different engine options among its six-trim lineup. The Forte FE, LXS, GT-Line, and EX trims are powered by a 2.0-liter inline 4-cylinder engine with 147 horsepower on tap. At the top of the lineup, the Forte GT and GT Manual are equipped with a 1.6-liter 4-cylinder turbocharged engine with 201 horsepower for an extra boost of power.  

Blue 2020 Kia Rio
2020 Kia Rio
Blue 2021 Kia Forte
2021 Kia Forte

Kia Forte vs Rio – Infotainment 

Both the Rio and Forte come with standard Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ in their equipment lineup. A 7-inch touchscreen display sits in the center stack of the Rio and connects to a 6-speaker audio system with Bluetooth® wireless technology. Like the Rio, the Kia Forte also offers Bluetooth® wireless technology for easy music streaming and smartphone connectivity. The Forte comes standard with an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment display and a 4-speaker audio system. The Forte GT-Line and up receive an upgrade to a 6-speaker audio system or an available Harman Kardon® Premium Audio System. 

Interior view of 2020 Kia Rio
2020 Kia Rio
Interior view of 2021 Kia Forte
2021 Kia Forte

Kia Rio vs Forte – Comfort  

The Kia Rio and Kia Forte both offer seating for up to five passengers with extra space in the trunk for daily essentials. Inside the 2020 Kia Rio rear passengers will have 33.5 inches of legroom and 37.4 inches of headroom. For rear passengers in the Forte, they’ll have a bit more room with 35.7 inches of legroom and 37.5 inches of headroom. The 2021 Forte has 15.3 cubic feet of cargo space in its trunk and the 2020 Rio offers 13.7 cubic feet.  

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Both the 2020 Kia Rio and 2021 Kia Forte hit every mark for local shoppers and the decision between the two often is simply a matter of size. These models are two of the most popular vehicles here at Friendly Kia and we always have plenty of options for you to choose from. So whether you’re coming from Clearwater, Sarasota, Tampa Bay, or down the road, you can be sure to find your Rio or Forte here at Friendly Kia. Contact a member of our team to book a test drive with both of these models to help find your fit today.  

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