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2023 Kia Forte vs. 2023 Kia Rio Review

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2023 Kia
Forte

MSRP*: $19,690 to $25,090
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2023 Kia
Rio

MSRP*: $16,750 to $17,390
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MPG - City 22 - 28 MPG 32 MPG
MPG - Hwy 31 - 39 MPG Info not available
Seating Capacity 5 seats 5 seats
Cargo Space Info not available Info not available
Engine
  • 147-hp, 2.0-liter, 4 Cylinder Engine (Gasoline Fuel)
  • 201-hp, 1.6-liter, 4 Cylinder Engine (Gasoline Fuel)
  • 120-hp, 1.6-liter, 4 Cylinder Engine (Gasoline Fuel)
Transmission 7-Speed A/T, Continuously Variable, M/T Continuously Variable
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Horsepower 147 - 201 hp 120 hp
Exterior Length 182.7 in 172.6 in
Exterior Width 70.9 in 67.9 in
Leg Room Front 42.2 in
Rear 35.7 in
Front 42.1 in
Rear 33.5 in
Head Room Front 38.8 in
Rear 37.5 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 Kia Forte than the Kia Rio. As far as headroom and legroom go, there's not much difference between the Kia Forte and the Kia Rio in the front seats.

Convenience
The Kia Forte will require fewer stops at the gas station than the Kia Rio, 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 Kia Forte will definitely make more of a dent in your wallet than the Kia Rio, which has a much lower MSRP.

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

Handling
The Kia Forte 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 Kia Forte is somewhat more powerful than the Kia Rio.

Powertrain
With somewhat higher torque, the engine of the Kia Forte transmits a bit more 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 Kia Forte and the Kia Rio.