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2020 Honda Civic Si vs. 2021 Kia Rio Review

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2020 Honda
Civic Si

MSRP*: $25,200 to $25,400
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2021 Kia
Rio

MSRP*: $16,990
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Invoice* $23,405 to $23,590 $16,489
MPG - City 26 MPG 33 MPG
MPG - Hwy 36 MPG Info not available
Seating Capacity 5 seats 5 seats
Cargo Space 11.9 ft3 32.8 ft3
Engine Inline-4 Inline-4
Transmission Manual Continuously Variable
Drivetrain Front-wheel Front-wheel
Horsepower 205 hp 120 hp
Exterior Length 177.3 in 160.0 in
Exterior Width 70.9 in 67.9 in
Leg Room Front 42.3 in
Rear 35.9 in
Front 42.1 in
Rear 33.5 in
Head Room Front 36.5 in
Rear 34.5 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 feel a little more squished in the Honda Civic Si than in the Kia Rio, due to the Honda Civic Si's smaller rear head- and legroom. The Kia Rio will be a favorite with taller drivers due to its greater front head- and legroom than the Honda Civic Si.

Convenience
You'll be making about the same number of stops at the gas station with the Honda Civic Si 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 Honda Civic Si 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 Honda Civic Si and the Kia Rio have similar Destination Charges.

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

Handling
The Honda Civic Si 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 Honda Civic Si 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 Honda Civic Si 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 Honda Civic Si and the Kia Rio. The Honda Civic Si 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 Honda Civic Si is not as nearly as extensive as that of the Kia Rio.