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2022 Kia Rio vs. 2022 Nissan Altima Review

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2022 Kia
Rio

MSRP*: $16,450 to $17,090
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2022 Nissan
Altima

MSRP*: $24,900 to $34,600
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MPG - City 33 MPG 25 - 28 MPG
MPG - Hwy 41 MPG 34 - 39 MPG
Seating Capacity 5 seats 5 seats
Cargo Space Info not available Info not available
Engine
  • 120-hp, 1.6-liter, 4 Cylinder Engine (Gasoline Fuel)
  • 182-hp, 2.5-liter, 4 Cylinder Engine (Gasoline Fuel)
  • 188-hp, 2.5-liter, 4 Cylinder Engine (Gasoline Fuel)
  • 236-hp, 2.0-liter, 4 Cylinder Engine (Gasoline Fuel)
Transmission Continuously Variable Continuously Variable
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive All Wheel Drive, Front Wheel Drive
Horsepower 120 hp 182 - 236 hp
Exterior Length 172.6 in 192.9 in
Exterior Width 67.9 in 72.9 in
Leg Room Front 42.1 in
Rear 33.5 in
Front 43.8 in
Rear 35.2 in
Head Room Front 38.9 in
Rear 37.4 in
Front 38.0 - 39.2 in
Rear 36.7 - 36.9 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
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.

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.

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.

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

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.