2019 Kia Rio Vs. Mitsubishi Mirage

2019 Kia Rio Vs 2018 Mitsubishi Mirage on split screen image

Buying a small car shouldn’t mean giving up basic luxuries. Where 30 years ago, choosing a compact or subcompact meant foregoing basics like air conditioning, seatbelt pre-tensioners or anti-lock brakes, modern small cars have come a long way. These days, subcompact cars are not just a car which drivers must buy for budgetary reasons, but they’re also a car many want to buy for their focus on urban-ready agility and fuel efficiency.

No car better exemplifies this unwillingness to compromise than the Kia Rio. Born from Kia’s desire to offer affordable and fuel-efficient performance to the masses, the 2019 Kia Rio sedan and hatchback are refreshing models in a segment that too often gets panned for its exclusions. Up against the 2019 Kia Rio today is the 2018 Mitsubishi Mirage, a car that has the lowest starting MSRP on the market. Is it worth it? Let’s find out!

2019 Kia Rio


2018 Mitsubishi Mirage

Sedan, hatchback Body styles Hatchback
1.6L 4-cylinder (130 horsepower) Standard engine 1.2L 3-cylinder (78 horsepower)
Automatic Standard transmission Manual
42.1 inches Front-row legroom 41.7 inches
17.4 cubic feet (hatchback) Cargo space with seats up 17.2 cubic feet
Yes – 2018 model IIHS Top Safety Pick? No
5 years / 60,000 miles Bumper to bumper warranty 3 years / 36,000 miles
$12,525 – Best Friendly Kia VIP pricing* Starts at $13,395

The Rio: Still Top of the Subcompacts

With two body styles, an engine with almost twice as much power and a bigger interior space, the 2019 Kia Rio comes out in front of the thrifty Mitsubishi Mirage. By offering drivers and passengers more style, more comfort and more features, Kia shows why the Kia Rio is quickly rising to the status of “class favorite.”

With the 2019 Kia Rio, you get more. You also get it for less by shopping from Friendly Kia. At Tampa Bay’s high-inventory, low-price leaders, you’ll be able to save almost $1,000 over the base Mirage. You’ll also be purchasing the assurance that comes with a 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty and 5-year/60,000-mile warranty for everything else.

In addition to being Tampa Bay’s inventory and pricing leaders, we also have some of the best reviews in the state from sites like Google, Yelp, Facebook and Dealer Rater. This year, we were welcomed into the Kia Motors Presidents Club – joining only 29 other dealerships in official recognition for outstanding customer satisfaction.

For more information on how the 2019 Kia Rio will change the way you think about subcompact cars or to schedule a test drive, contact us today!

*Best Friendly Kia VIP pricing is as of the date of this page’s publication and not the date of its access. Pricing is at the discretion of Friendly Kia and subject to change without warning or notice. For accurate pricing, contact Friendly Kia staff today!