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2021 Kia Rio vs. 2021 Hyundai Elantra Review

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2021 Kia
Rio

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2021 Hyundai
Elantra

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MSRP*
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$16,050 to $16,690
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$19,650 to $25,450
Invoice* $15,576 to $16,197 $19,075 to $24,446
MPG - City 33 25 - 33
MPG - Hwy 41 34 - 43
Engine(s) Inline-4 Inline-4
Seating Capacity 5 5
Basic Warranty 5 years/60,000 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
Passengers in the back seat will be able to stretch out a lot more in the Hyundai Elantra than the Kia Rio, due to its greater head- and legroom. As far as headroom and legroom go, there's not much difference between the Kia Rio and the Hyundai Elantra in the front seats.

Convenience
You'll be making about the same number of stops at the gas station with the Kia Rio as you will with the Hyundai Elantra, as they get the same number of miles per tank of gas.

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). Based on MSRP, the Kia Rio is clearly a better financial choice over the Hyundai Elantra. Another consideration is the Destination Charge, which is a standard charge for transporting the vehicle to the dealer from where it's built. The Kia Rio and the Hyundai Elantra have similar Destination Charges.

Dimensions
Since the Kia Rio is much slimmer than the Hyundai Elantra, it'll be much easier to find a wide enough space in a crowded parking lot. If you go with the Kia Rio, you'll have a much easier time finding a large enough space to park than you will with the Hyundai Elantra.

Drivetrain
The Kia Rio has much less torque than the Hyundai Elantra, which generally means that it won't feel as fast or powerful.

Performance
When it comes to horsepower, the Kia Rio is significantly less powerful than the Hyundai Elantra. The good news is that, reportedly, cars with lower horsepower engines often have lower insurance premiums.

Utility
In terms of seating you'll be able to fit the same number of people in both the Kia Rio and the Hyundai Elantra. You'll be able to fit about the same amount of groceries into the Kia Rio as you will in the Hyundai Elantra.

Warranty
The Kia Rio comes with essentially the same basic warranty as the Hyundai Elantra.