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2021 Honda Insight vs. 2021 Kia Rio Review

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2021 Honda
Insight

MSRP*: $23,130 to $29,040
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2021 Kia
Rio

MSRP*: $16,050 to $16,690
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Invoice* $21,489 to $26,960 $15,576 to $16,197
MPG - City 51 - 55 MPG 33 MPG
MPG - Hwy 45 - 49 MPG Info not available
Seating Capacity 5 seats 5 seats
Cargo Space 14.7 - 15.1 ft3 13.7 ft3
Engine Inline-4 Inline-4
Transmission Continuously Variable Continuously Variable
Drivetrain Front-wheel Front-wheel
Horsepower 107 hp 120 hp
Exterior Length 183.6 in 172.6 in
Exterior Width 71.6 in 67.9 in
Leg Room Front 42.3 in
Rear 37.4 in
Front 42.1 in
Rear 33.5 in
Head Room Front 37.5 - 39.3 in
Rear 36.6 - 36.9 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 Honda Insight than the Kia Rio. As far as headroom and legroom go, there's not much difference between the Honda Insight and the Kia Rio in the front seats.

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

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

Handling
The Honda Insight has a larger turning radius than the Kia Rio, making it slightly more difficult to maneuver in and out of tight spots.

Performance
The Honda Insight has less horsepower than the Kia Rio, so it will probably be somewhat slower.

Powertrain
With its lower torque, the Honda Insight doesn't do as good a job transmitting power to its wheels as the Kia Rio.

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

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