2017 Kia Rio vs Hyundai Elantra

Besides the shape of the grille, headlights, and taillights, its hard to see any differences between the 2017 Kia Rio and its competitor the Hyundai Elantra. Both are compact cars from Korean manufacturers and come in four-door sedan or hatchback configurations. But the Rio costs thousands of dollars less. What could account for the difference in price? We'll explore the answer and tell you which vehicle gives you the most bang for your buck in this comparison.

2017 Kia Rio vs Hyundai Elantra


The 2017 Kia Rio does not look like an affordable car from the inside. The interior boasts an upscale look and attractive design. The Rio provides five seats that are comfortable, even though there's not a ton of space. For its size, it also has decent cargo capacity, with 13.7 cubic feet in the sedan's trunk and 15 cubic feet in the hatchback, which extends to 50 when the back seats are down.

The Hyundai Elantra receives mixed reviews in terms of interior style. Some critics find it to be upscale in look and feel while others think it vacant and soulless. One thing they all agree on, the Elantra is spacious for its class, and it offers a large trunk with 14.4 cubic feet of storage space.


Though the manual windows and locks on the base model might be a turnoff to some, the Kia Rio has some surprising technology features, even in its lower trims. It comes standard with tilt steering wheel, air conditioning, 4-speaker stereo with USB, Satellite radio, power/heated side mirrors, and 6-way-adjustable driver's seat. We recommend you spring for the UVO, Kia's easy-to-use, responsive infotainment system. On upper trims, you'll also find 7-inch touchscreen, power windows, power locks, keyless entry, Idle Stop & Go, rearview camera, auto headlights, black and gray leather and cloth seating with contrasting stitching, 4.3-inch color touch screen, rearview camera, and auto headlights. All of that on the most expensive Rio trim for just a little more than the price of the Elantra's base model.

The Elantra has plenty of tech too, but it costs a hefty amount more on the pricier Hyundai. Optional features include power sunroof, dual-zone automatic climate control, push-button start, Bluetooth, HD Radio, an eight-speaker audio system, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, 7- or 8-inch touch screen with navigation, and Clari-Fi music restoration technology. In terms of tech, it's no slouch as long as you're willing to pay for it.

FUEL ECONOMY: Hyundai Elantra

Neither the Kia Rio nor the Hyundai Elantra are powerful muscle cars, but they are both good around-the-town cars. In terms of fuel economy, the Kia Rio's only engine option gets 27 city and 36 highway miles per gallon.

The Hyundai does better in this category, getting 32/40 miles per gallon. That'll save you about $140 per year, which might offset a little of the higher cost of the Elantra, but not much.

SAFETY: Hyundai Elantra

The Kia Rio received four stars in government safety ratings and has no active safety features, except for automatic emergency braking in its Limited trim.

The Hyundai Elantra also received four stars though it has more safety features, like blind spot monitor, cross-traffic alert, and brake assist. Neither car excels in safety, though there are more optional safety features on the Elantra.

Learn More about the Kia Rio

As you can see, with the Hyundai Elantra you pay a lot more for almost the same value. While it does have better fuel economy and more optional safety features, you have to pay at least $3,200 more to get so little. The Kia Rio is no wilting flower in comparison, but instead a competitive, affordable, upscale car that fits within your budget. Come test drive one today!

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


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