2024 Hyundai Sonata vs. 2023 Kia Rio Review

Picture of the 2024 Hyundai Sonata

2024 Hyundai
Sonata

MSRP*: $27,500 to $34,950
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Picture of the 2023 Kia Rio

2023 Kia
Rio

MSRP*: $16,750 to $17,390
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MPG - City 23 - 25 MPG 32 MPG
MPG - Hwy 32 - 36 MPG Info not available
Seating Capacity 5 seats 5 seats
Cargo Space Info not available Info not available
Engine
  • 191-hp, 2.5-liter, 4 Cylinder Engine (Gasoline Fuel)
  • 290-hp, 2.5-liter, 4 Cylinder Engine (Gasoline Fuel)
  • 120-hp, 1.6-liter, 4 Cylinder Engine (Gasoline Fuel)
Transmission Automatic Continuously Variable
Drivetrain All Wheel Drive, Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Horsepower 191 - 290 hp 120 hp
Exterior Length 193.3 in 172.6 in
Exterior Width 73.2 in 67.9 in
Leg Room Front 46.1 in
Rear 34.8 in
Front 42.1 in
Rear 33.5 in
Head Room Front 37.8 - 40.0 in
Rear 37.4 - 38.4 in
Front 38.9 in
Rear 37.4 in

*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 Sonata than the Kia Rio. The Hyundai Sonata will be a favorite with taller drivers due to its greater front head- and legroom than the Kia Rio.

Convenience
You'll be making about the same number of stops at the gas station with the Hyundai Sonata 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 Hyundai Sonata will definitely make more of a dent in your wallet than the Kia Rio, which has a much lower MSRP.

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

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

Performance
When it comes to horsepower, the Hyundai Sonata 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 Hyundai Sonata 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 Hyundai Sonata and the Kia Rio.