2016 Kia Rio vs. 2016 Fiat 500

When you're in the big city and you need to perform so many quick turns and fast lane changes that you feel like you're having a vehicular seizure, then a subcompact car is the ideal vehicle for you. There's so many advantages to small cars like the 2016 Kia Rio and the 2016 Fiat 500: They maneuver easily, their fuel economy still hovers around 30 mpg even while driving in the city, and they can fit into tight spaces. So which car is the right one for your needs? Step back and make room for our comparison – but not too much room, since these cars fit into small spaces.

While the 2016 Fiat 500 offers unique Italian style and a rapid-fire turning circle, it is short on performance, as you start with a mere 101 horsepower in some model options, with the maximum being 135 HP. This will make it hard for you to accelerate in tight spaces and to make quick lane changes or merges. The 2016 Rio, on the other hand, has a superior engine for the subcompact class, and gets a worthy 138 HP out of its 1.6-liter 4-cylinder engine. That, combined with the 2016 Rio's better asking price with the Friendly Kia VIP Price at less than $12,000, as opposed to the competition's starting price of around $19,000 for the 2016 Fiat 500, makes the 2016 Rio an early winner in this comparison.

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2016 Kia Rio Vs. 2016 Fiat 500
$11,365 (Friendly Kia VIP) Price Starts at $19,340 (The Competition)
138 Horsepower 101 to 135
27, 37 MPG: Six-Speed Automatic Trans. (city, highway) 27, 34
88.4 Passenger Room (cubic feet) 75.5
10-yr/100k-mile limited powertrain, 5-yr/60k-mile bumper-to-bumper Warranty Coverage 5-yr/60k-mile limited powertrain, 4-yr/50k-mile bumper-to-bumper

The Kia Rio is Grand in the Tampa Clearwater and St. Petersburg FL Area

Let's take this contest to the road, where Kia's most popular car globally gets 27 mpg city and 37 mpg highway with its base model six-speed automatic transmission. A comparable 2016 Fiat 500 six-speed automatic transmission gets a few combined mpg less at 27 mpg city, 34 mpg highway. So couple the savings of the 2016 Rio's asking price with this fuel savings, and you have a large savings package. In addition, the 2016 Rio is covered longer in its warranty than the 2016 Fiat 500 – 10 years for limited powertrain to the Fiat 500's five years - which means your part replacement will last longer for the Rio as well.

If you want the subcompact with the better price, fuel economy and overall warranty package, you're looking at a 2016 Rio. We carry this top-performing ride at Friendly Kia, 5819 US Highway 19 in New Port Richey, FL. We also serve the Tampa, Clearwater and St. Petersburg area, as well as Brooksville, Trinity, Tarpon Springs and Spring Hill. If you plan on purchasing a new or used car, please take advantage of our trade-in policy and our exclusive partnership with Kelley Blue Book KBB.com's Trade-In Marketplace/Buying Center.

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