Kia Rio vs Kia Forte Compare price, expert/user reviews, mpg, engines, safety, cargo capacity and other specs at a glance.

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New Car Pricing New listing price comparison and analysis.

2021 Kia Rio
LX FWD
MSRP
$16,050
Invoice
$15,576
Average Price Paid
$16,318
170 listings nationwide

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2021 Kia Forte
EX FWD
MSRP
$23,090
Invoice
$22,050
Average Price Paid
$23,583
208 listings nationwide

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Pricing Analysis Price analysis based on recent sales data applied to current trim without options.

2021 Kia Rio
LX FWD
Fair Price
$17,052
Good Price
$15,681
Great Price
$14,897
2021 Kia Forte
EX FWD
Fair Price
$24,679
Good Price
$23,281
Great Price
$22,482

Used Car Pricing Used listing price comparison and analysis.

2021 Kia Rio
LX FWD
CarGurus Instant Market Value
$17,572
9 listings nationwide

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2021 Kia Forte
EX FWD
CarGurus Instant Market Value
$24,328
15 listings nationwide

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Expert Reviews Reviews from CarGurus experts.

2021 Kia Rio
LX FWD
Stephen Edelstein Preview:

Not all that long ago, Kia was known as a budget brand that made throwaway cars, but that has changed drastically over the years. The brand is now known for making value-packed vehicle...

2021 Kia Forte
EX FWD
No Expert Reviews

User Reviews Reviews from CarGurus users who have driven or owned the car.

2021 Kia Rio
LX FWD
LOUDSILENCE T.V writes:
Best ever
LOUDSILENCE T.V writes:
10
2021 Kia Forte
EX FWD
Harold E. writes:
He great car for the money

Specs

2021 Kia Rio
LX FWD
2021 Kia Forte
EX FWD
Powertrain Continuously Variable Transmission Continuously Variable Transmission
Drivetrain
FWD
FWD
Fuel Economy, City
33 MPG
29 MPG
Fuel Economy, Highway
41 MPG
40 MPG
Fuel Tank Volume 11.9 gal 14 gal
Engine
Fuel Type
Gasoline
Gasoline
Power
120 hp @ 6,300 RPM
147 hp @ 6,200 RPM
Torque
112 lb-ft @ 4,500 RPM
132 lb-ft @ 4,500 RPM
Cylinders
4 cylinders
4 cylinders
Compression Ratio
11.2:1
12.5:1
Displacement
1,600 cc
2,000 cc
Bore x Stroke
2.98 in x 3.5 in
3.19 in x 3.82 in
Safety
ABS Brakes Standard Standard
Driver Airbag Standard Standard
Passenger Airbag Standard Standard
Front Side Airbags Standard Standard
Curtain Airbags Standard Standard
NHTSA Crash Test Results
Overall -- 4 stars
Front Crash Overall -- 4 stars
Front Crash Driver -- 4 stars
Front Crash Passenger -- 3 stars
Side Crash Overall -- 5 stars
Side Barrier Driver -- 5 stars
Side Barrier Passenger -- 5 stars
Side Pole Driver -- 5 stars
Rollover -- 5 stars
Comfort and Convenience
Sunroof/Moonroof -- Standard
Air Conditioning Standard Standard
Radio Standard Standard
Power Windows Standard Standard
Power Door Locks Standard Standard
Driver Power Seats -- Standard
Interior
Maximum Seating 5 seats 5 seats
Front Legroom 42.1 in 42.2 in
Back Legroom 33.5 in 35.7 in
Payload and Towing
Cargo Volume 13.7 cu ft 15.3 cu ft
Maximum Payload -- 884 lbs
Exterior
Length 172.6 in 182.7 in
Width 67.9 in 70.9 in
Height 57.1 in 56.5 in
Wheelbase 101.6 in 106.3 in

Available Options

2021 Kia Rio
LX FWD

Exterior Colors

  • Aurora Black
  • Clear White
  • Silky Silver
2021 Kia Forte
EX FWD

Exterior Colors

  • Aurora Black
  • Currant Red
  • Deep Sea Blue
  • Gravity Grey
  • Snow White Pearl

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