What is the Difference Between the Forte and the Rio?

By Product Expert | Posted in Kia Forte, Kia Rio on Friday, September 23rd, 2016 at 7:50 pm
2017 kia forte vs 2017 kia rio

2017 Kia Forte vs 2017 Kia Rio

The Forte and Rio are two of Kia’s compact vehicles. Both express a value-packed deal with impressive fuel economy and all of the technology and safety features one could want. But what is the difference between the Forte and the Rio? While the two Kia vehicles have a lot in common, they also have a lot of differences. See our quick comparison of the 2017 Kia Forte vs 2017 Kia Rio to see the difference between the two.  

2017 Kia Forte VS 2017 Kia Rio
2.0-Liter I-4 Standard Engine 1.4-Liter I-4
29/38 MPG Fuel Economy 27/36 MPG
14.9 Cubic Feet Cargo Capacity 13.7 Cubic Feet
$16,490 MSRP $14,165
Three Trims Two

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2017 Kia Forte Technology Features

The 2017 Kia Forte is slightly larger than the Kia Rio which means customers will have a larger cargo area. Where the two Kia sedans also differ is the available features and while they both have a number of the same features, there are certain ones that are offered on the Forte that are not offered on the Rio. Also the Kia Forte is offered in three body styles, sedan, hatchback and coupe. The Kia Rio is only offered as a sedan or hatchback. Some of the 2017 Kia Forte technology features include:

  • Android Auto & Apple CarPlay 
  • Blind Spot Detection System 
  • Lane Departure Warning System 
  • Forward Collision Warning System 
  • Autonomous Emergency Braking 
  • Drive mode select 
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2017 kia rio interior dashboard touchscreen

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Both the Forte and the Rio have their own personal set of qualities that make them great. Overall, both vehicles have superior fuel economy, offer impressive cargo room and features all while being formed into a small package. Both the Forte and the Rio make great vehicles for commuters, students and families. They are a well-rounded versatile sedan. If you are interested in the 2017 Kia Forte or the 2017 Kia Rio then contact us at Moritz Kia for schedule a test drive or to get more information.


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