Compact vehicles are popular among drivers looking for a vehicle that is efficient, fun to drive and affordable. The market is full of choices for this segment, which can make it difficult to determine exactly which one is best for you. Our team here at Serra Toyota is working to put together comparisons for our drivers to see how Toyota vehicles stand up against the competition. In light of the compact vehicle discussion, we’re going to compare the smallest Toyota vehicle, the Yaris, to the Kia Rio. Both of these vehicles are hatchback designs, so there is seating for five passengers, and they both have five doors.
We’re taking a closer look at the base models for both vehicles, so the 2016 Toyota Yaris L and the 2016 Kia Rio LX. Keep in mind both vehicles offer higher models with additional features, but we’re going to compare the base models so it’s easier to understand. These vehicles are very similarly priced, so the price difference will most likely not be the deciding factor. Although the 2016 Kia Rio offers a larger, more powerful engine, the 2016 Toyota Yaris has a more impressive fuel economy in the city.
|2016 Toyota Yaris L||VS||2016 Kia Rio LX|
|1.5-liter I-4||Engine||1.6-liter I-4|
|4-speed automatic||Transmission||6-speed automatic|
|30 city/36 hwy||MPG||27 city/37 hwy|
|15.6 cu. ft.||Cargo volume||15.0 cu. ft.|
Safety is often a major concern for prospective new car buyers. These vehicles offer a lot of the same safety features, but there are a few that are only available on the Toyota Yaris. Both of these compact hatchbacks are set with airbags throughout the cabin, but the Yaris comes set with standard front knee airbags that are not available in the Kia Rio. The 2016 Toyota Yaris also offers standard daytime running lights and an optional first aid kit, both of which are not available in the 2016 Kia Rio.
Both vehicles sit on 15-inch steel wheels and are set with front-wheel drive. When it comes to standard convenience features, the two have a lot of similarities. Both of them offer come with optional cargo nets as well as standard floor mats, trip computers, exterior temperature gauges and cloth seats. The Yaris offers a service interval warning system that informs drivers when the vehicle needs attention, which is not available on the Kia Rio.
Those interested in learning more about the 2016 Toyota Yaris are encouraged to contact our team here at Serra Toyota for more information. Drivers looking to get behind the wheel of this compact hatchback can do so by scheduling a test drive online.