Passengers in the back seat will be able to stretch out a lot more in the Hyundai Sonata than the Kia Rio, due to its greater head- and legroom. The Hyundai Sonata will be a favorite with taller drivers due to its greater front head- and legroom than the Kia Rio.
With the Hyundai Sonata 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.
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. 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 have similar Destination Charges.
Since the Kia Rio is much slimmer than the Hyundai Sonata, 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.
The Kia Rio has much less torque than the Hyundai Sonata, which generally means that it won't feel as fast or powerful.
The Kia Rio has a smaller turning radius than the Hyundai Sonata, allowing you to more easily maneuver in and out of tight spots.
When it comes to horsepower, the Kia Rio is significantly less powerful than the Hyundai Sonata. The good news is that, reportedly, cars with lower horsepower engines often have lower insurance premiums.
In terms of seating you'll be able to fit the same number of people in both the Kia Rio and the Hyundai Sonata. The Kia Rio has less cargo capacity than the Hyundai Sonata, which is okay if you don't need to move a lot in one trip.
The Kia Rio comes with essentially the same basic warranty as the Hyundai Sonata.
Compare the 2013 Kia Rio and the 2014 Hyundai Sonata.
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MSRP*: $13,600 - $17,700
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MSRP*: $21,350 - $28,650
|Cash Back Rebate:||Up to $500||Up to $750|
|Low APR Loan:||As low as 0.90%||As low as 0.90%|
|Lease Incentive:||As low as 7.44%||As low as 1.08%|
|City MPG:||28 - 29||21 - 24|
|Highway MPG:||36 - 37||32 - 35|
|Seating Capacity:||5 - 5||5 - 5|
|Basic Warranty:||5 years/60,000 miles||5 years/60,000 miles|
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|Invoice*:||$13,340 - $16,870||$20,438 - $26,760|
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