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2021 Chevrolet Malibu vs. 2021 Kia Rio Review

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2021 Chevrolet
Malibu

MSRP*: $22,270 to $33,500
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2021 Kia
Rio

MSRP*: $16,050 to $16,690
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Invoice* $22,248 to $32,294 $15,576 to $16,197
MPG - City 22 - 29 MPG 33 MPG
MPG - Hwy 33 - 36 MPG Info not available
Seating Capacity 5 seats 5 seats
Cargo Space 15.7 ft3 13.7 ft3
Engine Inline-4 Inline-4
Transmission Auto Manual, Continuously Variable Continuously Variable
Drivetrain Front-wheel Front-wheel
Horsepower 160 - 250 hp 120 hp
Towing Capacity 1,000 lbs Info not available
Exterior Length 194.2 in 172.6 in
Exterior Width 73.0 in 67.9 in
Leg Room Front 41.5 in
Rear 38.1 in
Front 42.1 in
Rear 33.5 in
Head Room Front 39.1 in
Rear 37.5 in
Front 38.9 in
Rear 37.4 in
Basic Warranty 3 years/36,000 miles 5 years/60,000 miles
Overall Safety Rating** **** Info not available
Frontal Crash Rating** ***** Info not available
Side Crash Rating** **** Info not available

**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
Due to its greater rear head- and legroom, backseat passengers will be able to stretch out a lot more in the Chevrolet Malibu than the Kia Rio. As far as headroom and legroom go, there's not much difference between the Chevrolet Malibu and the Kia Rio in the front seats.

Convenience
The Chevrolet Malibu will require fewer stops at the gas station than the Kia Rio, making it more convenient to drive.

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 Malibu 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 Malibu and the Kia Rio have similar Destination Charges.

Dimensions
Since the Chevrolet Malibu 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 Malibu, you may be circling the block looking for a space large enough to park more often than with the Kia Rio.

Handling
The Chevrolet Malibu has a significantly larger turning radius than the Kia Rio, making it much more difficult to maneuver in and out of tight spots.

Performance
When it comes to horsepower, the Chevrolet Malibu has a much more powerful engine than the Kia Rio. However, something you should consider is that higher horsepower engines often command higher insurance premiums.

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

Utility
In terms of seating you'll be able to fit the same number of people in both the Chevrolet Malibu and the Kia Rio. The Chevrolet Malibu has a roomier cargo area for holding your bags or other items than the Kia Rio.

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