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KIA FORTE VS KIA RIO

Kia forte vs Kia rio

When it comes to choosing between the 2020 Kia Forte and the 2020 Kia Rio, there's a lot to consider. While these models are fairly similar in shape and size, there are many aspects that set the two apart, which we at Feldman Kia will highlight in this comparison. Shoppers in Novi, Livonia, and Southfield should read ahead to see which model is the right one for them!


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KIA FORTE VS KIA RIO: SPACE, COMFORT, & DESIGN

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The 2020 Kia Forte and the 2020 Kia Rio both fall in the compact sedan class, making them nimble and easy to whip around town in. Inside their cabins, they offer ample interior space for up to five passengers to spread out and get comfortable with these passenger area dimensions:

 

2020 Kia Forte

2020 Kia Rio

Front / Rear Headroom

38.8 inches / 37.5 inches

38.9 inches / 37.4 inches

Front / Rear Hip Room

53 inches / 51.1 inches

52.9 inches / 52.4 inches

Front / Rear Legroom

42.2 inches / 35.7 inches

42.1 inches / 33.5 inches

Front / Rear Shoulder Room

56.1 inches / 55.3 inches

54.1 inches / 53.3 inches

Both models offer additional perks that are unique to their design. With the Kia Rio, you'll get about 16 cubic feet of cargo space in the trunk. The Kia Forte offers an array of premium comfort features, like a 10-way power driver's seat with lumbar support and heated front seats.


KIA FORTE VS KIA RIO: PERFORMANCE SPECIFICATIONS

The performance capabilities of the Kia Forte and the Kia Rio couldn't be more different. The Kia Forte offers two engine options: a 2.0L 4-cylinder and a turbocharged 1.6L 4-cylinder. The latter gives you a whopping 201 horsepower, which will make every commute fun and exciting.

The Kia Rio, on the other hand, comes equipped with a 1.6L 4-cylinder engine that specializes in efficiency. With this engine, you'll achieve up to an EPA-estimated 33 city / 41 highway MPG.1

The overlap of these models in terms of performance is the engine's accompanying equipment. Both models can be equipped with an Intelligent Variable Transmission, which works without standard gear ratios to maximize fuel economy every step of the way.

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KIA FORTE VS KIA RIO: TECHNOLOGY & SAFETY FEATURES

When it comes to keeping you cool, calm, and connected, both Kia models have you covered. Inside the cabin of each model, you'll be able to opt for an available UVO touchscreen infotainment system with navigation, smartphone integration, and SiriusXM® Satellite Radio. Both models also offer available Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist to help you stay on the straight and narrow.

The Kia Forte is slightly more tech-savvy, though, with several additional active safety features, like:

  • Blind-Spot Collision Warning (BCW)
  • High Beam Assist (HBA)
  • Lane Keeping Assist-Line (LKA)
  • Smart Cruise Control (SCC)

Additionally, the Kia Forte can be equipped with a wireless phone charging pad to help you keep your devices juiced up no matter where you go.

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2020 KIA FORTE VS KIA RIO: WHICH ONE?

As you can see, which compact Kia model you choose depends largely on your personal needs. The only way to choose between the 2020 Kia Forte and the 2020 Kia Rio is to get behind the wheel and experience them for yourself.

Drivers near Novi, Livonia, and Southfield can schedule a test drive with us at Feldman Kia today by giving us a call at the dealership!

EPA fuel economy estimates. Actual mileage will vary with options, driving conditions, driving habits, and your vehicle's condition.