2023 Kia Rio vs. 2024 Nissan Leaf | NewCars.com

2023 Kia Rio vs. 2024 Nissan Leaf Review

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2023 Kia

MSRP*: $17,690
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2024 Nissan

MSRP*: $28,140 to $36,190
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MPG - City 32 MPG Info not available
MPG - Hwy 41 MPG Info not available
Seating Capacity 5 seats 5 seats
Cargo Space Info not available Info not available
  • 120-hp, 1.6-liter, 4 Cylinder Engine (Gasoline Fuel)
  • 147-hp, Electric Motor (Electric Fuel System)
  • 214-hp, Electric Motor (Electric Fuel System)
Transmission Continuously Variable Automatic
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Horsepower 120 hp 147 - 214 hp
Exterior Length 160.0 in 176.4 in
Exterior Width 67.9 in 70.5 in
Leg Room Front 42.1 in
Rear 33.5 in
Front 42.1 in
Rear 33.5 in
Head Room Front 38.9 in
Rear 38.0 in
Front 41.2 in
Rear 37.3 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

The Kia Rio offers rear passengers about the same space to stretch out as the Nissan Leaf with comparable rear head- and legroom in both vehicles. The Nissan Leaf will be a favorite with taller drivers due to its greater front head- and legroom than the Kia Rio.

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 Leaf.

Since the Kia Rio is much slimmer than the Nissan Leaf, 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 Leaf.

The Kia Rio has a smaller turning radius than the Nissan Leaf, allowing you to more easily maneuver in and out of tight spots.

The Kia Rio has less horsepower than the Nissan Leaf, so it will probably be somewhat slower.

Due to its much higher torque, the engine of the Kia Rio does a much better job of transmitting power to the wheels than the Nissan Leaf.

In terms of seating you'll be able to fit the same number of people in both the Kia Rio and the Nissan Leaf.