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2019 Chevrolet Cruze vs. 2020 Kia Rio Review

New 2019 Chevrolet Cruze

2019 Chevrolet
Cruze

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New 2020 Kia Rio

2020 Kia
Rio

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MSRP*
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$19,620 to $26,120
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$16,790
Invoice* $18,874 to $25,127 $16,295
MPG - City 28 - 30 33
MPG - Hwy 37 - 45 N/A
Engine(s) Inline-4 Inline-4
Seating Capacity 5 5
Basic Warranty 3 years/36,000 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 Kia Rio than the Chevrolet Cruze, due to its greater head- and legroom. The Kia Rio will be a favorite with taller drivers due to its greater front head- and legroom than the Chevrolet Cruze.

Convenience
You'll be making about the same number of stops at the gas station with the Chevrolet Cruze as you will with the Kia Rio, as they get the same number of miles per tank of gas.

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). The Chevrolet Cruze will definitely make more of a dent in your wallet than the Kia Rio, which has a much lower MSRP. Another consideration is the Destination Charge, which is a standard charge for transporting the vehicle to the dealer from where it's built. The Chevrolet Cruze carries a much lower Destination Charge than the Kia Rio.

Dimensions
Since the Chevrolet Cruze is much wider than the Kia Rio, finding a wide enough spot in a parking lot may be a bit more challenging. If you go with the Chevrolet Cruze, you may be circling the block looking for a space large enough to park more often than with the Kia Rio.

Drivetrain
Due to its much higher torque, the engine of the Chevrolet Cruze does a much better job of transmitting power to the wheels than the Kia Rio.

Performance
When it comes to horsepower, the Chevrolet Cruze is somewhat more powerful than the Kia Rio.

Utility
In terms of seating you'll be able to fit the same number of people in both the Chevrolet Cruze and the Kia Rio. With its significantly greater cargo capacity, the Chevrolet Cruze will be able to haul more equipment or luggage than the Kia Rio.

Warranty
The basic warranty of the Chevrolet Cruze is not as nearly as extensive as that of the Kia Rio.