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2020 Hyundai Elantra GT vs. 2021 Kia Rio Review

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2020 Hyundai
Elantra GT

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2021 Kia
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MSRP*
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$20,650 to $24,600
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$16,990
Invoice* $19,825 to $23,538 $16,489
MPG - City 23 - 25 33
MPG - Hwy 30 - 32 N/A
Engine(s) Inline-4 Inline-4
Seating Capacity 5 5
Basic Warranty 5 years/60,000 miles 5 years/60,000 miles
Overall Safety Rating** **** Not Tested
Frontal Crash Rating** **** Not Tested
Side Crash Rating** **** Not Tested

**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 Hyundai Elantra GT than the Kia Rio. As far as headroom and legroom go, there's not much difference between the Hyundai Elantra GT and the Kia Rio in the front seats.

Convenience
The Kia Rio requires fewer visits to the gas station than the Hyundai Elantra GT, making it more convenient to drive.

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 Hyundai Elantra GT 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 Hyundai Elantra GT and the Kia Rio have similar Destination Charges.

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

Drivetrain
Due to its much higher torque, the engine of the Hyundai Elantra GT does a much better job of transmitting power to the wheels than the Kia Rio.

Handling
The Hyundai Elantra GT has a significantly smaller turning radius than the Kia Rio, allowing much better maneuverability in and out of tight spots.

Performance
When it comes to horsepower, the Hyundai Elantra GT 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.

Utility
In terms of seating you'll be able to fit the same number of people in both the Hyundai Elantra GT and the Kia Rio. With its significantly greater cargo capacity, the Hyundai Elantra GT will be able to haul more equipment or luggage than the Kia Rio.

Warranty
The Hyundai Elantra GT comes with essentially the same basic warranty as the Kia Rio.