2020 Chevrolet Sonic vs. 2020 Kia Rio: Compare reviews, safety ratings, fuel economy, etc.

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2020 Chevrolet Sonic vs. 2020 Kia Rio Review

New 2020 Chevrolet Sonic

2020 Chevrolet
Sonic

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New 2020 Kia Rio

2020 Kia
Rio

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MSRP*
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$16,720 to $20,720
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$15,850 to $16,490
Invoice* $16,118 to $19,974 $15,382 to $16,002
MPG - City 26 33
MPG - Hwy 34 N/A
Engine(s) Inline-4 Inline-4
Seating Capacity 5 5
Basic Warranty 3 years/36,000 miles 5 years/60,000 miles
Overall Safety Rating** ***** Not Tested
Frontal Crash Rating** ***** Not Tested
Side Crash Rating** ***** Not Tested

**Vehicle crash and safety data is provided by NHTSA, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The NHTSA testing was established by Congress to reduce highway deaths and injuries.

*MSRP and Invoice prices displayed are for educational purposes only, do not reflect the actual selling price of a particular vehicle, and do not include applicable gas taxes or destination charges.

Comparison Review

Comfort
Due to its greater rear head- and legroom, backseat passengers will be able to stretch out a lot more in the Chevrolet Sonic than the Kia Rio. As far as headroom and legroom go, there's not much difference between the Chevrolet Sonic and the Kia Rio in the front seats.

Convenience
The Kia Rio requires fewer visits to the gas station than the Chevrolet Sonic, making it more convenient to drive.

Cost
There are a lot of factors to consider when calculating the overall cost of a vehicle. The main consideration is Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP). The Chevrolet Sonic is somewhat more expensive than the Kia Rio. Another consideration is the Destination Charge, which is a standard charge for transporting the vehicle to the dealer from where it's built. The Chevrolet Sonic carries a much lower Destination Charge than the Kia Rio.

Dimensions
The Chevrolet Sonic is about the same width as the Kia Rio. When looking at overall length, the Chevrolet Sonic takes up about the same amount of space in your garage as the Kia Rio.

Drivetrain
With somewhat higher torque, the engine of the Chevrolet Sonic transmits a bit more power to the wheels than the Kia Rio.

Handling
The Chevrolet Sonic has a larger turning radius than the Kia Rio, making it slightly more difficult to maneuver in and out of tight spots.

Performance
When it comes to horsepower, the Chevrolet Sonic is somewhat more powerful than the Kia Rio.

Utility
In terms of seating you'll be able to fit the same number of people in both the Chevrolet Sonic and the Kia Rio. The Chevrolet Sonic has a roomier cargo area for holding your bags or other items than the Kia Rio.

Warranty
The basic warranty of the Chevrolet Sonic is not as nearly as extensive as that of the Kia Rio.