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2022 Kia Rio vs. 2022 Nissan Sentra Review

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2022 Kia
Rio

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

MSRP*: $19,810 to $22,400
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MPG - City 33 MPG 28 - 29 MPG
MPG - Hwy 41 MPG 37 - 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)
  • 149-hp, 2.0-liter, 4 Cylinder Engine (Gasoline Fuel)
Transmission Continuously Variable Continuously Variable
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Horsepower 120 hp 149 hp
Exterior Length 172.6 in 182.7 in
Exterior Width 67.9 in 71.5 in
Leg Room Front 42.1 in
Rear 33.5 in
Front 44.0 in
Rear 34.7 in
Head Room Front 38.9 in
Rear 37.4 in
Front 38.9 in
Rear 36.7 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
The Kia Rio offers rear passengers about the same space to stretch out as the Nissan Sentra with comparable rear head- and legroom in both vehicles. The Nissan Sentra 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 Kia Rio as you will with the Nissan Sentra, 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). Based on MSRP, the Kia Rio is clearly a better financial choice over the Nissan Sentra.

Dimensions
Since the Kia Rio is much slimmer than the Nissan Sentra, 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 Sentra.

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

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

Powertrain
The Kia Rio has much less torque than the Nissan Sentra, 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 Sentra.