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Kia Rio vs. Kia Sportage

In comparing the Kia Rio to the Kia Sportage, 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 fuel efficiency. The Kia Sportage has the advantage in the areas of overall quality score and base engine power. Based on this comparison of the Kia Rio versus the Kia Sportage, the Kia Rio is a better car than the Kia Sportage.

Kia Rio versus Kia Sportage Pricing

A one- to five-year-old used Kia Rio ranges from $14,479 to $20,445 while a used Kia Sportage from the same model year range is priced between $18,884 to $29,861. For a new model, the Kia Rio's price is between $17,543 and $22,980, with the Kia Sportage priced between $29,437 and $39,961.

Kia Rio versus Kia Sportage Quality Rating

The iSeeCars Overall Quality rating for the Kia Rio is 8.0 out of 10 while the Kia Sportage's quality rating is 8.1 out of 10. This results in the Kia Rio being ranked 14 out of 51 Best Small Cars and the Kia Sportage being ranked 10 out of 24 Best Small SUVs.

Engine Power and Fuel Efficiency Comparison

For engine performance, the Kia Rio’s base engine makes 120 horsepower, and the Kia Sportage base engine makes 187 horsepower. The Rio is rated to deliver an average of 36 miles per gallon, with a highway range of 488 miles. The Sportage is rated to deliver an average of 28 miles per gallon, with a highway range of 458 miles. Both models use regular unleaded.

Safety Ratings Comparison

The Kia Sportage has an average safety rating of 5 out of 5 Stars. When comparing IIHS evaluations, the Kia Sportage has the advantage with a Top Safety Pick award.

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Pricing

New Asking Price:

$17,543 - $22,980

Used Asking Price:

$14,479 - $20,445

5-Year Depreciation (lower is better):

38.6%

Pricing

New Asking Price:

$29,437 - $39,961

Used Asking Price:

$18,884 - $29,861

5-Year Depreciation (lower is better):

42.8%

iSeeCars Scores & Rankings

Overall Score:

8.0 / 10

Reliability:

7.9 / 10

Retained Value:

8.1 / 10

Safety:

Not available

iSeeCars Scores & Rankings

Overall Score:

8.1 / 10

Reliability:

7.6 / 10

Retained Value:

7.6 / 10

Safety:

9.0 / 10

iSeeCars Rankings

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

iSeeCars Rankings

9 / 14
10 / 24
11 / 24
15 / 24
16 / 28
18 / 61
21 / 61
30 / 61
34 / 61

Summary Review

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Summary Review

The Kia Sportage is a compact sport utility vehicle and a mainstay of Kia’s model line, going through several generations prior to the current Sportage, which debuted in 2017. The Sportage is known for its sharp looks, feature-packed interior, and low cost of entry, with new models costing an average of $28,105 and 3-year-old models averaging $20,380.

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Pros and Cons

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Pros and Cons

  • Smooth ride quality with a quiet interior
  • Spacious seating front and rear
  • Smart instrumentation and control layout

  • Smaller cargo capacity than many rivals
  • Acceleration can be sluggish
  • Fuel economy adequate at best

Available Body Styles

Sedan

Available Body Styles

SUV

Available Drivetrain Options

Gasoline

Available Drivetrain Options

Gasoline

Trim Levels

LX, S

Trim Levels

LX, EX, SX, SX-Prestige, X-Line, X-Pro, X-Pro Prestige

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):

Not yet available

IIHS Safety Rating:

Not yet available

Safety Ratings

NHTSA Safety Rating (last 5 year average):

5 out of 5 Stars

IIHS Safety Rating:

TOP SAFETY PICK

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

Base Drivetrain Specifications

Horsepower:

187 hp @ 6100 rpm

Torque:

178 foot-lbs @ 4000 rpm

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

0.055 hp per pound

Towing Capacity:

Not yet available

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

Engine Specifications

Engine Size:

2.5 liters

Engine Configuration:

Inline

Number of Cylinders:

4

Transmission:

Automatic

Standard/Optional Drivetrain Type:

FWD / AWD

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

25 / 32 / 28

Range (city/hwy):

358 / 458 miles

Recommended Fuel Type:

Regular Unleaded

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

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

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

Safety Equipment

Forward Collision Warning:

Standard

Pedestrian Detection:

Standard

Lane Departure Warning:

Standard

Lane Keeping Assist:

Standard

Blind Spot Monitoring:

Available

Rear Cross-Traffic Alert:

Available

360-Degree Camera:

Available

Rear Seat Reminder:

N/A

Driver Attention Monitoring:

Standard

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

Interior Dimensions

Front Head Room:

39.6 inches

Front Leg Room:

41.4 inches

Front Shoulder Room:

57.5 inches

Rear Head Room:

39.4 inches

Rear Leg Room:

41.3 inches

Rear Shoulder Room:

55.6 inches

Cargo Space:

39.6 cubic feet

Cargo Space, 2nd-row seat folded down:

74.1 cubic feet

Overall Interior Volume:

Not yet available

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

Exterior Dimensions

Curb Weight:

3373 lbs

Width:

73.4 inches

Height:

65.4 inches

Length:

183.5 inches

Wheelbase:

108.5 inches

Ground Clearance:

7.1 inches

Standard Wheel/Tire Information

Wheel Size:

15.0 x 5.5 inches

Wheel Type:

steel

Tire Size:

P185/65R15

Standard Wheel/Tire Information

Wheel Size:

17.0 x 7.0 inches

Wheel Type:

alloy

Tire Size:

235/65R17