2017 Kia Rio vs Ford Focus

If you're looking for a second car for the family or a first new car for a young driver, you'll be looking for affordable compact and subcompact sedan and hatches. The 2017 Kia Rio is one of the most affordable new cars you can buy right now, so let's see how it compares with the Ford Focus.

2017 Kia Rio vs Ford Focus

Styling: Kia Rio

With quite a high roofline, the Kia Rio offers the kind of head room inside normally associated with compact crossovers. But if that look isn't quite to your liking, you can opt for the five-door hatch that has a much sportier profile. The Rio has crisper lines and more distinct edges than some of its affordable rivals, so this is a very attractive little car that won't offend anyone.

You can have a Focus that looks considerably more athletic, mean, aggressive, and sporty than the Kia Rio, but you're then talking about the ST and RS models that can cost more than twice as much as the Kia. In its basic form, though, the Focus presents a forgettable and mundane stylistic face to the world.

Fuel Economy: Kia Rio

The very best fuel economy you can squeeze out of the Kia Rio inevitably comes from the "Eco" version. That trim is rated by the EPA as good as 27 mpg in the city, 36 mpg on the highway and 31 mpg combined.

It's definitely possible to beat those numbers with the Focus, but to do that means stepping up in price to a higher trim level for the 1.0-liter three-cylinder engine. The standard unit in the Focus is rated at 26 mpg in the city, 38 mpg on the highway and 31 mpg combined.

Power and Performance: Ford Focus

Just one single powertrain is available for the Kia Rio, which is a 138 horsepower, direct-injected, 1.6-liter inline-four that can be mated to either a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic transmission. The powertrain is more than up to the tasks buyers will ask of the Rio, and the light weight of the Kia means this little car actually drives and handles pretty well.

Once again, you can have all the performance you want and more from a Ford Focus, but you're going to have to pay some serious money to get it. In standard form, which is what we're really comparing here, the Focus has a 2.0-liter inline-four developing 160 horsepower. That's obviously more powerful than the Rio, but as the engine in the Focus has to haul around almost an extra 500 pounds of car.

Interior: Kia Rio

The Rio has an interior that offers excellent outward visibility, and the front seats have relatively long cushions that really do make things especially comfortable for those in the front. Extra sound deadening has been added to make the cabin quieter than ever, and the materials used in the noticeable places are of a pretty good quality overall. The trunk volume of 13.7 cu.-ft. is also pretty impressive for a car of these small proportions.

Although the Focus is a compact and not a subcompact like the Rio, you don't get the amount of extra room in the back you might be hoping for. Like the exterior of the Focus, the interior of regular models is fairly bland, really nothing to write home about. The front seats are nice and comfortable, but the stylized dash does rob some space that might have been better used for passenger comfort.

Learn More about the Kia Rio

If you're buying for a newly certified driver or as a second car for the family, you're probably more likely to be looking for perfectly adequate and affordable than luxurious, sporty and powerful, and that's where the Rio shines. With a starting MSRP of just $14,165 and Kia's legendary warranty included, the Rio is an incredibly hard package to beat and that's why we give it the nod over the Ford Focus.

Current Inventory

There are currently no 2018 Kia Rio EX 4dr Sedan for Sale in inventory


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