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2021 Kia Rio vs. 2021 Nissan Altima Review

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2021 Kia
Rio

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2021 Nissan
Altima

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MSRP*
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$16,050 to $16,690
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$24,350 to $34,150
Invoice* $15,576 to $16,197 $22,697 to $31,812
MPG - City 33 25 - 28
MPG - Hwy 41 34 - 39
Engine(s) Inline-4 Inline-4
Seating Capacity 5 5
Basic Warranty 5 years/60,000 miles 3 years/36,000 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
Passengers in the back seat will feel a little more squished in the Kia Rio than in the Nissan Altima, due to the Kia Rio's smaller rear head- and legroom. The Nissan Altima will be a favorite with taller drivers due to its greater front head- and legroom than the Kia Rio.

Convenience
The Nissan Altima requires fewer visits to 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). Based on MSRP, the Kia Rio is clearly a better financial choice over the Nissan Altima. Another consideration is the Destination Charge, which is a standard charge for transporting the vehicle to the dealer from where it's built. The Kia Rio will cost more in transportation costs than the Nissan Altima.

Dimensions
Since the Kia Rio is much slimmer than the Nissan Altima, it'll be much easier to find a wide enough space in a crowded parking lot. If you go with the Kia Rio, you'll have a much easier time finding a large enough space to park than you will with the Nissan Altima.

Drivetrain
The Kia Rio has much less torque than the Nissan Altima, which generally means that it won't feel as fast or powerful.

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

Performance
When it comes to horsepower, the Kia Rio is significantly less powerful than the Nissan Altima. The good news is that, reportedly, cars with lower horsepower engines often have lower insurance premiums.

Utility
In terms of seating you'll be able to fit the same number of people in both the Kia Rio and the Nissan Altima. The Kia Rio has less cargo capacity than the Nissan Altima, which is okay if you don't need to move a lot in one trip.

Warranty
You'll have greater peace of mind with the more generous basic warranty of the Kia Rio than that of the Nissan Altima.