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2021 Kia Rio vs. 2021 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Review

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2021 Kia
Rio

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2021 Hyundai
Sonata Hybrid

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MSRP*
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$16,050 to $16,690
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$27,750 to $35,300
Invoice* $15,576 to $16,197 $26,460 to $33,655
MPG - City 33 45 - 50
MPG - Hwy 41 51 - 54
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 Sonata Hybrid than the Kia Rio, due to its greater head- and legroom. The Hyundai Sonata Hybrid will be a favorite with taller drivers due to its greater front head- and legroom than the Kia Rio.

Convenience
With the Hyundai Sonata Hybrid you will definitely be making less frequent stops at the gas station than with the Kia Rio, due to its tank size and fuel economy.

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 Sonata Hybrid. 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 Sonata Hybrid have similar Destination Charges.

Dimensions
Since the Kia Rio is much slimmer than the Hyundai Sonata Hybrid, 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 Sonata Hybrid.

Drivetrain
With its lower torque, the Kia Rio doesn't do as good a job transmitting power to its wheels as the Hyundai Sonata Hybrid.

Handling
The Kia Rio has a smaller turning radius than the Hyundai Sonata Hybrid, allowing you to more easily maneuver in and out of tight spots.

Performance
When it comes to horsepower, the Kia Rio is significantly less powerful than the Hyundai Sonata Hybrid. 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 Sonata Hybrid. The Kia Rio has less cargo capacity than the Hyundai Sonata Hybrid, which is okay if you don't need to move a lot in one trip.

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