2018 Kia Rio vs Hyundai Elantra

Subcompacts, like the 2018 Kia Rio and Hyundai Elantra, deliver a double dose of value with their roomy, modern cabins and fuel-efficient rides. Which of these thrifty sedans is right for you? Read our comparison guide to find out.

2018 Kia Rio vs Hyundai Elantra

Best Technology: 2018 Kia Rio

The Rio comes standard with an impressive range of tech features, which do everything from increase visibility to charge your smartphone. All models come with a rearview camera, increasing visibility as you back into a parking space or a busy street. The in-car USB port is a handy way to keep your favorite device charged and ready for action. Upgrade to the UVO infotainment system to enjoy complete smartphone integration with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. This technology lets you access apps on your central touchscreen and use your phone's voice controls, minimizing the urge to look down at your phone.

In the Elantra, you'll also find creative ways to stay connected, including a standard USB port and Bluetooth phone connectivity. The 2018 Hyundai Elantra doesn't come standard with a rearview camera, but you can pick up one when you upgrade to the mid-grade SEL model.

Sportiest Performance: 2018 Kia Rio

If you're looking for maximum road feel and nimble handling, test-drive the Rio. Its retuned suspension gives this subcompact a more substantial feel as you travel at highway speeds. And, thanks to the sporty handling, you'll feel fully secure in your ability to take corners and travel down twisty roads.

When it comes to handling and braking, the Elantra is near the top of the subcompact segment. If you live in an area with a lot of twists and turns, you'll feel completely confident at the Elantra wheel. This sedan also provides strong stopping power when you need it most, thanks to its responsive braking performance. However, the Elantra's seven-speed, dual-clutch automatic transmission can feel a bit awkward, not shifting as smoothly as we'd like.

Most Interior Luxury: 2018 Hyundai Elantra

Indeed, the Elantra's high-quality cabin is its top selling point. It effectively keeps road and wind noise out, creating a serene space. Your comfort is a priority for the Elantra, which delivers the kind of supportive, comfortable seats that you want to bring on a road trip. Materials are also top-notch, including cloth upholstery that looks and feels upmarket, so you never feel like you took the budget route.

Even if you and all your friends are 6-feet tall, you'll find plenty of space for a cross-country road trip in the 2018 Kia Rio. This spacious subcompact also emphasizes driver comfort, with supportive seating and a wide range of adjustments. If there's one drawback, it's that you'll find a lot of hard plastic surfaces throughout the cabin. However, these surfaces don't feel cheap, so they don't subtract from the cabin's classy overall vibe.

Best Value: 2018 Kia Rio

With a starting MSRP of $13,900, the Kia Rio delivers the biggest value proposition. If you're looking to save money without missing out on modern comforts and conveniences, the Rio comes through for you with its economic price tag, spacious cabin, and long list of modern tech features.

The Hyundai Elantra is a little bit more expensive, with a starting MSRP of $14,450. That's still pretty affordable - even if it doesn't come standard with a rearview camera, like the Rio does.

Learn More about the Kia Rio

In this head-to-head contest, the 2018 Kia Rio inches ahead. We love its roomy, modern cabin, where you'll find long-term comfort and road-trip-friendly infotainment options. It's also the sportier of the two, with nimble handling and impressive steering feedback. Come test-drive yours and see if you agree!

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