2019 Kia Rio Vs. Subcompact Car Competition

2019 Kia Rio Vs. Subcompact Car Competition split screen comparison

Small cars often get unfairly targeted as cars that only exist to be the lowest-priced model in a brand’s portfolio. Sometimes, this reputation is fairly earned. After all, few small cars go the extra mile to try and ensure they have their own benefits they’re bringing to the table. Many are just inexpensive and lightly-featured entry models that lack any compelling reason to buy beyond “It’s cheap and I need a car.”

Luckily, the 2019 Kia Rio brings plenty of reasons to love the small car. Among them, the Rio’s handsome profile, spacious cabin and focus on driver technology. It’s also one of the few models in the segment to feature a 5-door hatchback variant to maximize functionality. Today, we’re matching it up against its fiercest competitors on the market.


2019 Kia Rio

2019 Toyota Yaris

2019 Hyundai Accent

2019 Nissan Versa

Hatchback variant Yes Yes No Yes
Engine (power) 1.6-liter 4-cylinder (130 horsepower) 1.5-liter 4-cylinder (106 horsepower) 1.6-liter 4-cylinder (130 horsepower) 1.6-liter 4-cylinder (109 horsepower)
Standard transmission 6-speed automatic 6-speed manual 6-speed manual 5-speed manual
Base fuel economy 32 combined MPG 34 combined MPG 31 combined MPG 30 combined MPG
Passenger space 90 cubic feet 86 cubic feet 90 cubic feet 90 cubic feet
Rear-window control Power Power Power Manual
IIHS safety designation Top Safety Pick Not recommended Top Safety Pick Not Recommended
Engine warranty 10 years/100,000 miles 5 years/60,000 miles 10 years/100,000 miles 5 years/60,000 miles

Get the Spirited and Sporty Kia Rio at Friendly Kia

Located in scenic and quiet New Port Richey, Friendly Kia has the incredible little Kia Rio with plenty of colors, trim levels and options to choose from. This means you can get the small car of your dreams and the one on which you’ll come to rely for ages from the only dealership in Tampa Bay to have been welcomed into the Kia Motors America President’s Club.

Head to head, it’s easy to see why the Kia Rio is such a popular small car option. It gives you a ton of cargo space, some great fuel economy and is the only model seemingly in its segment to offer a standard automatic transmission.

It also shares the honor or being a Top Safety Pick with only one other model – its platform-mate, the Hyundai Accent – a model that shares the brand’s industry-best warranty.

If you’re in the market for a small car that has big fun and some surprising practicality, you’ll find it in the 2019 Kia Rio. For more information on the 2019 Kia Rio or to schedule a test drive, contact us today!