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Kia Niro vs. Kia Rio

In comparing the Kia Niro to the Kia Rio, the Kia Niro has the advantage in the areas of fuel efficiency, interior volume and base engine power. The Kia Rio has the advantage in the areas of new vehicle base pricing, typical lower range of pricing for one- to five-year-old used cars, and overall quality score. Based on this comparison of the Kia Niro versus the Kia Rio, the two cars are fairly comparable.

Kia Niro versus Kia Rio Pricing

A one- to five-year-old used Kia Niro ranges from $20,000 to $30,000 while a used Kia Rio from the same model year range is priced between $14,479 to $20,445. For a new model, the Kia Niro's price is between $30,537 and $38,095, with the Kia Rio priced between $17,543 and $22,980.

Kia Niro versus Kia Rio Quality Rating

The iSeeCars Overall Quality rating for the Kia Niro is 7.1 out of 10 while the Kia Rio's quality rating is 8.0 out of 10. This results in the Kia Niro being ranked 7 out of 21 Best Hybrid SUVs and the Kia Rio being ranked 7 out of 12 Best Small Cars for the Money.

Engine Power and Fuel Efficiency Comparison

For engine performance, the Kia Niro’s base engine makes 139 horsepower, and the Kia Rio base engine makes 120 horsepower. The Niro is rated to deliver an average of 49 miles per gallon, with a highway range of 500 miles. The Rio is rated to deliver an average of 36 miles per gallon, with a highway range of 488 miles. Both models use regular unleaded.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Kia Niro, a hybrid SUV, has the advantage of offering more interior volume, reflected in more front head room, front shoulder room, rear head room, rear shoulder room, rear leg room, and trunk space. The Kia Rio, a subcompact car, has the advantage in the area of front leg room.

Safety Ratings Comparison

The Kia Niro has an average safety rating of 4 out of 5 Stars.

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Pricing

New Asking Price:

$30,537 - $38,095

Used Asking Price:

$20,000 - $30,000

5-Year Depreciation (lower is better):

48.7%

Pricing

New Asking Price:

$17,543 - $22,980

Used Asking Price:

$14,479 - $20,445

5-Year Depreciation (lower is better):

38.6%

iSeeCars Scores & Rankings

Overall Score:

7.1 / 10

Reliability:

5.6 / 10

Retained Value:

7.6 / 10

Safety:

8.0 / 10

iSeeCars Scores & Rankings

Overall Score:

8.0 / 10

Reliability:

7.9 / 10

Retained Value:

8.1 / 10

Safety:

Not available

iSeeCars Rankings

7 / 21
7 / 21
9 / 21
9 / 21

iSeeCars Rankings

4 / 51
7 / 12
8 / 51
14 / 51

Summary Review

Not yet available

Summary Review

Not yet available

Pros and Cons

Not yet available

Pros and Cons

Not yet available

Available Body Styles

SUV

Available Body Styles

Sedan

Available Drivetrain Options

Hybrid

Available Drivetrain Options

Gasoline

Trim Levels

LX, EX, EX Touring, SX Touring, SX

Trim Levels

LX, S

Warranty Information

Warranty, Bumper-to-Bumper:

5 years / 60000 miles

Warranty, Powertrain

10 years / 100000 miles

Warranty, Roadside Assistance:

5 years / 60000 miles

Warranty Information

Warranty, Bumper-to-Bumper:

5 years / 60000 miles

Warranty, Powertrain

10 years / 100000 miles

Warranty, Roadside Assistance:

5 years / 60000 miles

Safety Ratings

NHTSA Safety Rating (last 5 year average):

4 out of 5 Stars

IIHS Safety Rating:

Not yet available

Safety Ratings

NHTSA Safety Rating (last 5 year average):

Not yet available

IIHS Safety Rating:

Not yet available

Base Drivetrain Specifications

Horsepower:

139 hp @ 5700 rpm

Torque:

195 foot-lbs @ 4000 rpm

Power-to-Weight Ratio (higher is better):

0.045 hp per pound

Towing Capacity:

Not yet available

Base Drivetrain Specifications

Horsepower:

120 hp @ 6300 rpm

Torque:

112 foot-lbs @ 4500 rpm

Power-to-Weight Ratio (higher is better):

0.043 hp per pound

Towing Capacity:

Not applicable

Engine Specifications

Engine Size:

1.6 liters

Engine Configuration:

Inline

Number of Cylinders:

4

Transmission:

Automatic

Standard/Optional Drivetrain Type:

FWD

EPA Fuel Economy (City/Highway/Combined MPG):

53 / 45 / 49

Range (city/hwy):

588 / 500 miles

Recommended Fuel Type:

Regular Unleaded

Engine Specifications

Engine Size:

1.6 liters

Engine Configuration:

Inline

Number of Cylinders:

4

Transmission:

Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT Automatic)

Standard/Optional Drivetrain Type:

FWD

EPA Fuel Economy (City/Highway/Combined MPG):

33 / 41 / 36

Range (city/hwy):

393 / 488 miles

Recommended Fuel Type:

Regular Unleaded

Standard/Optional Features

Apple CarPlay:

Standard

Android Auto:

Standard

Wireless Smartphone Charging:

Available

Keyless Entry:

Standard

Keyless Ignition:

Available

Adaptive Cruise Control:

Available

Heated Seats:

Available

Cooled/Ventilated Seats:

Available

Leather Upholstery:

Available

Navigation System:

Available

Sunroof/Moonroof:

Available

Heated Steering Wheel:

Available

Standard/Optional Features

Apple CarPlay:

Standard

Android Auto:

Standard

Wireless Smartphone Charging:

N/A

Keyless Entry:

Available

Keyless Ignition:

Available

Adaptive Cruise Control:

N/A

Heated Seats:

N/A

Cooled/Ventilated Seats:

N/A

Leather Upholstery:

N/A

Navigation System:

N/A

Sunroof/Moonroof:

N/A

Heated Steering Wheel:

N/A

Safety Equipment

Forward Collision Warning:

Standard

Pedestrian Detection:

Standard

Lane Departure Warning:

Standard

Lane Keeping Assist:

Standard

Blind Spot Monitoring:

Standard

Rear Cross-Traffic Alert:

Standard

360-Degree Camera:

N/A

Rear Seat Reminder:

Standard

Driver Attention Monitoring:

Standard

Safety Equipment

Forward Collision Warning:

Available

Pedestrian Detection:

Available

Lane Departure Warning:

Available

Lane Keeping Assist:

Available

Blind Spot Monitoring:

N/A

Rear Cross-Traffic Alert:

N/A

360-Degree Camera:

N/A

Rear Seat Reminder:

Available

Driver Attention Monitoring:

Available

Interior Dimensions

Front Head Room:

40.5 inches

Front Leg Room:

41.5 inches

Front Shoulder Room:

56.3 inches

Rear Head Room:

39.6 inches

Rear Leg Room:

39.8 inches

Rear Shoulder Room:

55.4 inches

Cargo Space:

22.8 cubic feet

Cargo Space, 2nd-row seat folded down:

63.7 cubic feet

Overall Interior Volume:

127.9 cubic feet

Interior Dimensions

Front Head Room:

38.9 inches

Front Leg Room:

42.1 inches

Front Shoulder Room:

54.1 inches

Rear Head Room:

37.4 inches

Rear Leg Room:

33.5 inches

Rear Shoulder Room:

53.3 inches

Cargo Space:

13.7 cubic feet

Cargo Space, 2nd-row seat folded down:

Not applicable

Overall Interior Volume:

89.9 cubic feet

Exterior Dimensions

Curb Weight:

3071 lbs

Width:

71.8 inches

Height:

60.8 inches

Length:

174 inches

Wheelbase:

107.1 inches

Ground Clearance:

6.3 inches

Exterior Dimensions

Curb Weight:

2767 lbs

Width:

67.9 inches

Height:

57.1 inches

Length:

172.6 inches

Wheelbase:

101.6 inches

Ground Clearance:

5.5 inches

Standard Wheel/Tire Information

Wheel Size:

16.0 x 6.5 inches

Wheel Type:

alloy

Tire Size:

P205/60R16

Standard Wheel/Tire Information

Wheel Size:

15.0 x 5.5 inches

Wheel Type:

steel

Tire Size:

P185/65R15