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2022 Ford Mustang vs. 2023 Kia Rio Review

Picture of the 2022 Ford Mustang

2022 Ford
Mustang

MSRP*: $27,470 to $55,270
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Picture of the 2023 Kia Rio

2023 Kia
Rio

MSRP*: $17,690
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MPG - City 15 - 21 MPG 32 MPG
MPG - Hwy 23 - 32 MPG Info not available
Seating Capacity 2 - 4 seats 5 seats
Cargo Space Info not available Info not available
Engine
  • 310-hp, 2.3-liter, 4 Cylinder Engine (Gasoline Fuel)
  • 450-hp, 5.0-liter, 8 Cylinder Engine (Gasoline Fuel)
  • 470-hp, 5.0-liter, 8 Cylinder Engine (Gasoline Fuel)
  • 120-hp, 1.6-liter, 4 Cylinder Engine (Gasoline Fuel)
Transmission Automatic Continuously Variable
Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Horsepower 310 - 470 hp 120 hp
Exterior Length 188.3 in 160.0 in
Exterior Width 75.4 in 67.9 in
Leg Room Front 44.5 in
Rear 30.6 in
Front 42.1 in
Rear 33.5 in
Head Room Front 37.6 in
Rear 34.8 in
Front 38.9 in
Rear 38.0 in

*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 Ford Mustang, due to its greater head- and legroom. Offering just a little more front head- and legroom than the Kia Rio, the Ford Mustang may be a little roomier and more comfortable for the driver and front seat passengers.

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 Ford Mustang will definitely make more of a dent in your wallet than the Kia Rio, which has a much lower MSRP.

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

Handling
The Ford Mustang 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 Ford Mustang 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 Ford Mustang does a much better job of transmitting power to the wheels than the Kia Rio.

Utility
The Ford Mustang has less seating than the Kia Rio, making the Kia Rio the better choice if you need to chauffeur many passengers.