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2020 Kia Rio vs. 2021 Toyota Prius Review

New 2020 Kia Rio

2020 Kia
Rio

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New 2021 Toyota Prius

2021 Toyota
Prius

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MSRP*
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$16,790
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$24,525 to $32,650
Invoice* $16,295 $23,054 to $30,395
MPG - City 33 51 - 58
MPG - Hwy 41 47 - 53
Engine(s) Inline-4 Inline-4
Seating Capacity 5 5
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
The Kia Rio offers rear passengers about the same space to stretch out as the Toyota Prius with comparable rear head- and legroom in both vehicles. As far as headroom and legroom go, there's not much difference between the Kia Rio and the Toyota Prius in the front seats.

Convenience
The Toyota Prius requires fewer visits to the gas station than the Kia Rio, 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). Based on MSRP, the Kia Rio is clearly a better financial choice over the Toyota Prius. 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 and the Toyota Prius have similar Destination Charges.

Dimensions
Since the Kia Rio is much slimmer than the Toyota Prius, 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 Toyota Prius.

Drivetrain
With somewhat higher torque, the engine of the Kia Rio transmits a bit more power to the wheels than the Toyota Prius.

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

Performance
When it comes to horsepower, the Kia Rio is somewhat more powerful than the Toyota Prius.

Utility
In terms of seating you'll be able to fit the same number of people in both the Kia Rio and the Toyota Prius. The Kia Rio has significantly less cargo room than the Toyota Prius, which may be a concern if you do a lot of warehouse shopping.

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