2019 Kia Rio vs Honda Fit

2019 Kia Rio in Warrington PA

Rio is flat-out fun to drive, with a responsive 1.6L GDI engine, a new rear suspension for great handling, and high-strength steel body construction for quiet, smooth, smile-inducing outings —whether you’re maneuvering around town at low speeds or hitting the open road. The 2019 Kia Rio has advanced design and comes in hatchback or sedan models. Trim selections are geared for the consumer interested in simplified packages offering the best options: base LX, midlevel S and top-level EX. The Rio is known as a subcompact car that is simple, stylish, and sophisticated. And like all Kia cars, the Rio is well-assembled, solid, and more spacious inside than it looks outside.

The Rio power-plant has an updated version of Kia's 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine. Kia’s engineers designed the Rio for drivers interested in daily-driving advantages. So, the engine has more power and feels stronger at city driving speeds than at highway speeds. The design doesn’t change highway passing power, it caters to the typical stop-and-go experienced in city driving.

Along with the engine, the inside is also upgraded. Like many designers looking to save on vehicle weight, nothing works better than hard plastics. Cars in the past using plastics never had the newer formulas of today, so they cracked and shook apart quickly. Not the Rio, it’s vibration-free and tight. Also, Rio’s newly redesigned dash and gauge cluster may seem oversimplified, but it doesn’t feel cheap. It gives you the necessary information at a glance. For more detailed information, Kia included the center touchscreen. Overall, the average consumer is impressed with Kia’s subcompact. In comparison, we chose the Honda Fit for its class and options.

2019 KIA RIO



28 / 37 / 32

MPG (city/highway/combined) 31 / 36 / 33

130 hp @ 6,300 rpm

Maximum Horsepower 128 hp @ 6600 rpm





Trim Options 3

42.1 / 33.5

Legroom: Front / Rear (in.)

41.4 / 39.3


Cargo Volume (cu. ft.)


2019 Rio advantages over the Honda Fit

Similar to all Kia vehicles, you can find value and more options in the 2019 Kia Rio than most other vehicles. For example, Rio's color options exceed the Accent's. Our comparison also looks at the turning radius of the two cars. This is important when you're in a tight spot such as parking or needing to make a quick u-turn on a blocked street. Speaking of traffic, you may consider sound options important. Both have high-fidelity speaker options for their audio system, but the 2019 Rio is complemented by crisp, clear highs of its door-mounted tweeters.

For 2018, the Honda Fit receives a multitude of upgrades that make it more appealing to new car shoppers. The Fit has an improved infotainment system that supports Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone integration. It also has new active safety technology featuring adaptive cruise control and a lane departure warning. Mechanically, the Fit is mostly unchanged. However, two big improvements are increased noise insulation and improved quick response suspension and steering. Overall, the Fit satisfies the day-to-day driver’s needs.

With that said, as with many economy cars, including the Rio, the Fit is best suited for the city. That’s why it makes for a great comparison to Rio. People who have short travels, like students and budget-wise consumers, will find both wallet friendly.

We think if you're in the market for the perfect city get-around car, the 2019 Kia Rio is unquestionably worth test driving. Come over to Gateway Kia in Warrington PA and compare for yourself. Stop in or schedule a test drive today!


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