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New Car Pricing New listing price comparison and analysis.

2020 Kia Rio
LX FWD
MSRP
$15,850
Invoice
$15,382
Average Price Paid
$15,850
1,284 listings nationwide

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

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

2020 Kia Rio
LX FWD
Fair Price
$16,475
Good Price
$15,061
Great Price
$14,252
2021 Kia Forte
EX FWD
Fair Price
$24,410
Good Price
$21,923
Great Price
$20,501

Expert Reviews Reviews from CarGurus experts.

2020 Kia Rio
LX FWD
Kyree Williams Preview:

The 2020 Kia Rio is a subcompact sedan that competes with the Chevrolet Sonic, Hyundai Accent, Nissan Versa, and Toyota Yaris. For 2020, it makes big strides in fuel economy. Both LX ...

2021 Kia Forte
EX FWD
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Specs

2020 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
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

2020 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 Gray
  • Snow White Pearl

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