Kia Rio vs. Nissan Versa
Kia Rio
At a Glance: Rio vs. Versa

Dashing through the streets around Novi, Livonia, and Southfield, MI are the Kia Rio and the Nissan Versa. These compact sedans are the best friend of an urban crusader like you. Their small stature makes parking a breeze and helps prioritize fuel economy.

That begs the question: Which model is better suited to you? Our team at Feldman Kia is here to find out. Let’s roll!



5 | 5
Rio vs Versa


32 city /41 hwy | 27 city /35 hwy
Rio vs Versa


6 | 4
Rio vs Versa
A Showdown of Compact Proportions: See the Difference
Select a category below to learn more about how the Kia Rio compares to the Nissan Versa.
Kia Rio

Whether you’re on your way to work or trying that new gastropub that opened down the street, a compact sedan like the Kia Rio or the Nissan Versa can get you there. You’ll be able to skip the pump thanks to their efficiency and park in that tight spot with poise once you arrive.

What Are Their MPG Ratings?

The Kia Rio starts strong with an EPA-estimated 32 city/41 highway MPG.* It’s all thanks to its aerodynamic design and an Intelligent Variable Transmission (IVT). How does the Nissan Versa compare? It comes standard with a 5-speed manual transmission, so its base configuration is only capable of an EPA-estimated 27 city/35 highway MPG.

You’ll be able to make the most of every drop of fuel with the 10.8-gallon fuel tank of the Versa. The Kia Rio, however, will give you more to work with thanks to its larger 11.9-gallon fuel tank.

Engine Specs

Feel that? Is it the buzz of the big city or the engine under the hood? Both models come with a nearly identical 1.6L 4-cylinder engine that kicks out around 120 horsepower. It’s perfect for carving up the city streets and zipping up the parkway on the way to that big concert you have tickets for.

Kia Rio

A compact design and a spacious interior are far from mutually exclusive, and both the Rio and the Versa are a testament to that fact. They both offer seating for five and over 88 cubic feet of passenger volume. Let’s find out which sedan is more comfortable and connected!

Sit Back and Relax

The reservations are set, with a table for two at 6:30 in one of the prime steakhouses in the city. You’re dressed to impress and so is your sedan. The Rio comes standard with a Tricot and woven cloth seat trim and is available with Automatic Climate Control, so you can set your ideal comfort level. The Versa offers similar amenities.

Compact and Composed

Groove to your favorite smooth jazz in the Kia Rio. It comes standard with six speakers and front tweeters. That soprano saxophone is smoother than ever. The Nissan Versa, on the other hand, only comes standard with four speakers.

It will be easy to stream all your favorite tunes and keep up with your navigation apps thanks to Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™, which come standard with both models. They also give you the opportunity to view it all on a standard 8-inch touchscreen display in the Kia Rio or the 7-inch display in the Versa.

Kia Rio

Safety and driver assistance: They’re more important than ever on the bustling city streets of the urban jungle. In the midst of all the hustle and bustle you’ll remain calm, cool, and collected with the bevy of innovative features the Kia Rio and the Nissan Versa will put at your back.

Built to Protect

The Kia Rio body structure is reinforced with advanced high-strength steel. It provides optimal rigidity to help protect you and your passengers from the force of a collision. The Nissan Versa is built using a similar Zone Body construction.

Confidence Is Second Nature

Kia Drive Wise puts a litany of smart safety features at your disposal. It’s available with the following systems:

  • Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist
  • Lane Keeping Assist
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Rear Occupant Alert
  • Lane Following Assist

The Versa can also be equipped with several similar systems thanks to Nissan Safety Shield® 360. Both sedans also offer Driver Attention Warning, which will alert you when it detects drowsy or distracted driving. That way you can refocus on the road or stop for a short break.

Choose Your Compact Crusader!
Kia Rio

Now that you know what to expect from the Kia Rio and the Nissan Versa, it’s clear to see that the Rio has the advantage when it comes to connectivity and efficiency. If that’s what you’re looking for on the streets of Novi, Livonia, and Southfield, MI, then this is the compact car for you.

Schedule a test drive at Feldman Kia to experience it for yourself!

All of the tools you need to move forward with experiencing a new 2023 Rio for yourself are conveniently available right here online.


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