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Subaru Impreza vs. Kia Rio

When we compare the Subaru Impreza to the Kia Rio, the Subaru Impreza has the advantage in the areas of interior volume, overall quality score 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 fuel efficiency. Based on this comparison of the Subaru Impreza versus the Kia Rio, the two cars are fairly comparable.

Subaru Impreza versus Kia Rio Pricing

A one- to five-year-old used Subaru Impreza ranges from $18,902 to $26,048 while a used Kia Rio from the same model year range is priced between $14,479 to $20,445. For a new model, the Subaru Impreza's price is between $21,590 and $28,258, with the Kia Rio priced between $17,543 and $22,980.

Subaru Impreza versus Kia Rio Quality Rating

The iSeeCars Overall Quality rating for the Subaru Impreza is 8.6 out of 10 while the Kia Rio's quality rating is 8.0 out of 10. This results in the Subaru Impreza being ranked 4 out of 12 Best Small Cars for the Money and the Kia Rio being ranked 7 out of 12. Out of 51 Best Small Cars, the Subaru Impreza is ranked 51 and the Kia Rio is ranked 14.

Engine Power and Fuel Efficiency Comparison

For engine performance, the Subaru Impreza’s base engine makes 152 horsepower, and the Kia Rio base engine makes 120 horsepower. The Impreza is rated to deliver an average of 26 miles per gallon, with a highway range of 409 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 Subaru Impreza, a compact car, has the advantage of offering more interior volume, reflected in more front head room, front shoulder room, front leg room, rear shoulder room and rear leg room. The Kia Rio, a subcompact car, has the advantage in the areas of rear head room trunk space.

Safety Ratings Comparison

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

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2023 Subaru Impreza

Pricing

New Asking Price:

$21,590 - $28,258

Used Asking Price:

$18,902 - $26,048

5-Year Depreciation (lower is better):

34%

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:

8.6 / 10

Reliability:

8.0 / 10

Retained Value:

8.7 / 10

Safety:

9.0 / 10

iSeeCars Scores & Rankings

Overall Score:

8.0 / 10

Reliability:

7.9 / 10

Retained Value:

8.1 / 10

Safety:

Not available

iSeeCars Rankings

4 / 12
6 / 51
7 / 51
17 / 51
25 / 51

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

Sedan

Available Body Styles

Sedan

Available Drivetrain Options

Gasoline

Available Drivetrain Options

Gasoline

Trim Levels

Base, Premium, Sport

Trim Levels

LX, S

Warranty Information

Warranty, Bumper-to-Bumper:

3 years / 36000 miles

Warranty, Powertrain

5 years / 60000 miles

Warranty, Roadside Assistance:

3 years / 36000 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):

5 out of 5 Stars

IIHS Safety Rating:

TOP SAFETY PICK

Safety Ratings

NHTSA Safety Rating (last 5 year average):

Not yet available

IIHS Safety Rating:

Not yet available

Base Drivetrain Specifications

Horsepower:

152 hp @ 6000 rpm

Torque:

145 foot-lbs @ 4000 rpm

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

0.051 hp per pound

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

Engine Specifications

Engine Size:

2 liters

Engine Configuration:

Flat/Horizontally Opposed

Number of Cylinders:

4

Transmission:

Manual

Standard/Optional Drivetrain Type:

AWD

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

23 / 31 / 26

Range (city/hwy):

304 / 409 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:

N/A

Keyless Entry:

Standard

Keyless Ignition:

Available

Adaptive Cruise Control:

Available

Heated Seats:

Available

Cooled/Ventilated Seats:

N/A

Leather Upholstery:

N/A

Navigation System:

N/A

Sunroof/Moonroof:

Available

Heated Steering Wheel:

N/A

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:

Available

Pedestrian Detection:

N/A

Lane Departure Warning:

Available

Lane Keeping Assist:

Available

Blind Spot Monitoring:

Available

Rear Cross-Traffic Alert:

Available

360-Degree Camera:

N/A

Rear Seat Reminder:

Available

Driver Attention Monitoring:

N/A

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:

39.8 inches

Front Leg Room:

43.1 inches

Front Shoulder Room:

56.7 inches

Rear Head Room:

37.2 inches

Rear Leg Room:

36.5 inches

Rear Shoulder Room:

55.6 inches

Cargo Space:

12.3 cubic feet

Overall Interior Volume:

112.1 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

Overall Interior Volume:

89.9 cubic feet

Exterior Dimensions

Curb Weight:

2976 lbs

Width:

79.4 inches

Height:

57.3 inches

Length:

182.1 inches

Wheelbase:

105.1 inches

Ground Clearance:

5.1 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:

steel

Tire Size:

205/55R16

Standard Wheel/Tire Information

Wheel Size:

15.0 x 5.5 inches

Wheel Type:

steel

Tire Size:

P185/65R15