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2021 Kia Rio vs. 2020 Subaru BRZ Review

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2021 Kia
Rio

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2020 Subaru
BRZ

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MSRP*
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$16,990
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$28,845 to $31,495
Invoice* $16,489 $27,367 to $29,831
MPG - City 33 20 - 21
MPG - Hwy 41 27 - 29
Engine(s) Inline-4 Horizontal
Seating Capacity 5 4
Basic Warranty 5 years/60,000 miles 3 years/36,000 miles

*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 Subaru BRZ. The Kia Rio will be a favorite with taller drivers due to its greater front head- and legroom than the Subaru BRZ.

Convenience
With the Kia Rio you will definitely be making fewer stops at the gas station than with the Subaru BRZ, due to its larger tank size and better fuel economy.

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 Subaru BRZ. 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 Subaru BRZ.

Dimensions
Since the Kia Rio is much slimmer than the Subaru BRZ, it'll be much easier to find a wide enough space in a crowded parking lot. The Kia Rio is slightly shorter than the Subaru BRZ, which may make it easier to park.

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

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

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

Utility
The Kia Rio offers greater seating capacity than the Subaru BRZ, making it a better choice for those who find themselves chauffeuring others around. With its significantly greater cargo capacity, the Kia Rio will be able to haul more equipment or luggage than the Subaru BRZ.

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