2018 Kia Rio vs 2018 Toyota Yaris

Are you looking for a nimble, agile and athletic subcompact that is tailor-made for urban adventures? With the debut of the 2018 Kia Rio, the subcompact class gets an upgrade that will cater to your driving needs. Fun-to-drive and fuel efficient, the value-packed Kia Rio is a fan favorite at Moritz Kia. Learn more about the Kia Rio Sedan and Kia Rio 5-Door with this 2018 Kia Rio vs 2018 Toyota Yaris comparison.

It is true that great things come in small packages and the 2018 Kia Rio is a perfect example. With an all-new platform that is dedicated to value and athleticism, the Kia Rio is more attractive than ever. Armed with a longer, lower and more dynamic design, the Kia Rio improves passenger space, cargo space and style. A signature tiger-nose grille leads the way and complements swept-back headlights for a more athletic stance. Available in Kia Rio Sedan and Kia Rio 5-Door configurations, the 2018 Kia Rio is expected to arrive later this year and will be available in three trim levels – LX, S and EX - that will cater to your needs.

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2018 Kia Rio VS 2018 Toyota Yaris
1.6-Liter Four-Cylinder Engine 1.5-Liter Four-Cylinder
130 Horsepower/119 Pound-Feet Horsepower/Torque 106 Horsepower/103 Pound-Feet
6-Speed Manual/6-Speed Automatic Transmission 5-Speed Manual/4-Speed Automatic
Yes Available Apple CarPlay and Android Auto No

What Are the Differences Between the Kia Rio and the Toyota Yaris?

Value and performance are key components in the subcompact class and are highlights of this 2018 Kia Rio vs 2018 Toyota Yaris comparison. At the heart of the upgraded 2018 Kia Rio, you will discover a direct-injected 1.6-liter four-cylinder power core that manufactures an impressive 130 horsepower and 119 pound-feet of torque. Paired with your choice between a six-speed manual and six-speed automatic transmission, the Kia Rio Sedan and Kia Rio 5-Door promise an athletic performance. Current Kia Rio models deliver 27 mpg in the city and 36 mpg on the highway – the updated Kia Rio is expected to surpass these numbers.

The 2018 Toyota Yaris hatchback employs a 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine that carries over from the current Toyota Yaris design and will produce a lackluster 106 horsepower and 103 pound-feet of torque. Married to a standard five-speed manual transmission, the current Toyota Yaris makes 30 mpg in the city and 36 mpg on the highway – numbers that decrease when you opt for the four-speed automatic gearbox. If you are looking for a combination of fun and efficient, the Kia Rio delivers more power and competitive fuel-economy numbers.

Drivers in pursuit of value will love what the 2018 Kia Rio brings to the table. Entry-level trims will provide Bluetooth connectivity, a six-speaker sound system, premium cloth interior, satellite radio and a rearview camera. When you upgrade to the Kia Rio EX trim level, you will benefit from a seven-inch Kia UVO touchscreen interface that adds access to Apple CarPlay and Android Auto – a feature unavailable to Toyota customers.

An added element of the Kia Rio that urban adventurers will love is a spacious interior. Kia Rio Sedan models will provide 89.9 cubic feet of passenger space and 13.7 cubic feet of cargo space. The Kia Rio 5-Door hatchback improves passenger space to 90.5 cubic feet and possesses 17.4 cubic feet of cargo space that can expand to 32.8 cubic feet with the seats laid flat. Current Toyota Yaris editions feature a cramped 85.1 cubic feet of passenger space and a humdrum 15.6 cubic feet of cargo space. If you are looking for comfort and utility in the subcompact class – the 2018 Kia Rio checks all the boxes.

Blue 2018 kia Rio Sedan On City Street
Backseat view of 2018 Kia Rio Front Seat Dashboard and Kia UVO Touchscreen
2018 Kia Rio Rear Cargo Space
Red and Black 2018 Kia Rio Front Seat Interior