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2021 Ford Mustang vs. 2021 Kia Rio Review

Picture of the 2021 Ford Mustang

2021 Ford
Mustang

MSRP*: $27,205 to $52,400
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2021 Kia
Rio

MSRP*: $16,990
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Invoice* $26,117 to $49,780 $16,489
MPG - City 14 - 21 MPG 33 MPG
MPG - Hwy 22 - 29 MPG Info not available
Seating Capacity 4 seats 5 seats
Cargo Space 13.5 ft3 32.8 ft3
Engine Inline-4, V-8 Inline-4
Transmission Manual Continuously Variable
Drivetrain Rear-wheel Front-wheel
Horsepower 330 - 480 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
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
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.

Convenience
With the Kia Rio you will definitely be making less frequent stops at the gas station than with the Ford Mustang, due to its tank size and fuel economy.

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. Another consideration is the Destination Charge, which is a standard charge for transporting the vehicle to the dealer from where it's built. The Destination Charge for the Ford Mustang is much higher than that for the Kia Rio.

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. The Ford Mustang has significantly less cargo room than the Kia Rio, which may be a concern if you do a lot of warehouse shopping.

Warranty
The basic warranty of the Ford Mustang is not as nearly as extensive as that of the Kia Rio.