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2021 Kia Rio vs. 2021 Nissan Versa Review

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2021 Kia
Rio

MSRP*: $16,050 to $16,690
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2021 Nissan
Versa

MSRP*: $14,980 to $18,390
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Invoice* $15,576 to $16,197 $14,608 to $17,923
MPG - City 33 MPG 27 - 32 MPG
MPG - Hwy 41 MPG 35 - 40 MPG
Seating Capacity 5 seats 5 seats
Cargo Space 13.7 ft3 14.7 - 15.0 ft3
Engine Inline-4 Inline-4
Transmission Continuously Variable Continuously Variable, Manual
Drivetrain Front-wheel Front-wheel
Horsepower 120 hp 122 hp
Exterior Length 172.6 in 177.0 in
Exterior Width 67.9 in 68.5 in
Leg Room Front 42.1 in
Rear 33.5 in
Front 44.5 in
Rear 31.0 in
Head Room Front 38.9 in
Rear 37.4 in
Front 39.5 in
Rear 36.3 in
Basic Warranty 5 years/60,000 miles 3 years/36,000 miles
Overall Safety Rating** Info not available *****
Frontal Crash Rating** Info not available ****
Side Crash Rating** Info not available *****

**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
Due to its greater rear head- and legroom, backseat passengers will be able to stretch out a lot more in the Kia Rio than the Nissan Versa. The Nissan Versa will be a favorite with taller drivers due to its greater front head- and legroom than the Kia Rio.

Convenience
The Kia Rio will require fewer stops at the gas station than the Nissan Versa, 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). When looking only at MSRP, the Kia Rio will have less of an impact on your bank account than the Nissan Versa. 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 Versa.

Dimensions
The Kia Rio is about the same width as the Nissan Versa. The Kia Rio is slightly shorter than the Nissan Versa, which may make it easier to park.

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

Performance
In terms of horsepower, it's basically a tie between the Kia Rio and the Nissan Versa.

Powertrain
With similar torque, the Kia Rio and the Nissan Versa do an equal job of transmitting their engine's power to their wheels.

Utility
In terms of seating you'll be able to fit the same number of people in both the Kia Rio and the Nissan Versa. The Kia Rio has less cargo capacity than the Nissan Versa, 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 Versa.