2023 Kia Rio vs. 2024 Subaru Legacy Review

Picture of the 2023 Kia Rio

2023 Kia
Rio

MSRP*: $16,750 to $17,390
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Picture of the 2024 Subaru Legacy

2024 Subaru
Legacy

MSRP*: $24,895 to $38,195
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MPG - City 32 MPG 23 - 27 MPG
MPG - Hwy 41 MPG 31 - 35 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)
  • 260-hp, 2.4-liter, 4 Cylinder Engine (Gasoline Fuel)
Transmission Continuously Variable Continuously Variable
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive All Wheel Drive
Horsepower 120 hp 182 - 260 hp
Exterior Length 172.6 in 191.1 in
Exterior Width 67.9 in 72.4 in
Leg Room Front 42.1 in
Rear 33.5 in
Front 42.8 in
Rear 39.5 in
Head Room Front 38.9 in
Rear 37.4 in
Front 38.3 - 39.4 in
Rear 37.2 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 be able to stretch out a lot more in the Subaru Legacy than the Kia Rio, due to its greater head- and legroom. Offering just a little more front head- and legroom than the Kia Rio, drivers may find the Subaru Legacy a little roomier and somewhat more comfortable.

Convenience
With the Subaru Legacy you will definitely be making less frequent stops at the gas station than with the Kia Rio, due to its tank size and 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 Legacy.

Dimensions
Since the Kia Rio is much slimmer than the Subaru Legacy, 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 Subaru Legacy.

Handling
The Kia Rio has a significantly smaller turning radius than the Subaru Legacy, 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 Subaru Legacy. 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 Subaru Legacy, 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 Subaru Legacy.