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2021 Hyundai Elantra HEV vs. 2021 Kia Rio Review

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2021 Hyundai
Elantra HEV

MSRP*: $23,550 to $28,100
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2021 Kia
Rio

MSRP*: $16,050 to $16,690
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Invoice* $22,622 to $26,990 $15,576 to $16,197
MPG - City 49 MPG 33 MPG
MPG - Hwy 52 MPG Info not available
Seating Capacity 5 seats 5 seats
Cargo Space 14.2 ft3 13.7 ft3
Engine Inline-4 Inline-4
Transmission Manual Continuously Variable
Drivetrain Front-wheel Front-wheel
Horsepower 104 hp 120 hp
Exterior Length 184.1 in 172.6 in
Exterior Width 71.9 in 67.9 in
Leg Room Front 42.3 in
Rear 38.0 in
Front 42.1 in
Rear 33.5 in
Head Room Front 38.7 - 40.6 in
Rear 37.3 in
Front 38.9 in
Rear 37.4 in
Basic Warranty 5 years/60,000 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 Hyundai Elantra HEV than the Kia Rio. The Hyundai Elantra HEV will be a favorite with taller drivers due to its greater front head- and legroom than the Kia Rio.

Convenience
With the Hyundai Elantra HEV you will definitely be making fewer stops at the gas station than with the Kia Rio, due to its larger tank size and better 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 Hyundai Elantra HEV 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 HEV and the Kia Rio have similar Destination Charges.

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

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

Performance
The Hyundai Elantra HEV has less horsepower than the Kia Rio, so it will probably be somewhat slower.

Powertrain
With similar torque, the Hyundai Elantra HEV and the Kia Rio do an equal job of transmitting their engine's power to their wheels.

Utility
In terms of seating you'll be able to fit the same number of people in both the Hyundai Elantra HEV and the Kia Rio. You'll be able to fit about the same amount of groceries into the Hyundai Elantra HEV as you will in the Kia Rio.

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