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2021 Honda Civic Type R vs. 2021 Kia Rio Review

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2021 Honda
Civic Type R

MSRP*: $37,895 to $43,995
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Picture of the 2021 Kia Rio

2021 Kia
Rio

MSRP*: $16,990
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Invoice* $35,324 to $41,002 $16,489
MPG - City 22 MPG 33 MPG
MPG - Hwy 28 MPG Info not available
Seating Capacity 4 seats 5 seats
Cargo Space Info not available Info not available
Engine 306-hp, 2.0-liter, 4 Cylinder Engine (Gasoline Fuel) 120-hp, 1.6-liter, 4 Cylinder Engine (Gasoline Fuel)
Transmission M/T Continuously Variable
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Horsepower 306 hp 120 hp
Exterior Length 179.4 in 160.0 in
Exterior Width 73.9 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 39.3 in
Rear 37.4 in
Front 38.9 in
Rear 38.0 in
Basic Warranty 3 years/36,000 miles 5 years/60,000 miles

*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 Honda Civic Type R than the Kia Rio. As far as headroom and legroom go, there's not much difference between the Honda Civic Type R and the Kia Rio in the front seats.

Convenience
With the Kia Rio you will definitely be making less frequent stops at the gas station than with the Honda Civic Type R, 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 Honda Civic Type R 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 Type R and the Kia Rio have similar Destination Charges.

Dimensions
Since the Honda Civic Type R 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 Type R, 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 Type R 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 Type R 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 Type R does a much better job of transmitting power to the wheels than the Kia Rio.

Utility
The Honda Civic Type R has less seating than the Kia Rio, making the Kia Rio the better choice if you need to chauffeur many passengers.

Warranty
The basic warranty of the Honda Civic Type R is not as nearly as extensive as that of the Kia Rio.