The 2017 subcompact car class is as good as it's ever been, with small and fleet vehicles that turn on a dime and get you nearly 40 mpg. If you do a lot of urban driving and like fuel savings, this is the vehicle type for you. We'll take a look at three prime examples of this class with the 2017 Kia Rio, 2017 Toyota Yaris and the 2017 Nissan Versa.
While you don't expect ample power with vehicles this small, the 2017 Kia Rio has nice power with 138 HP coming from its 1.6-liter 4-cylinder engine, which easily tops the 2017 Versa's 109 HP and the 2017 Toyota Yaris' 106 HP. The 2017 Rio also has the best limited powertrain warranty coverage with 10 years or 100,000 miles, and the best bumper-to-bumper warranty coverage with 5 years or 60,000 miles, which gives you many months of additional peace of mind that parts will be replaced without costing you, as opposed to the 2017 Yaris and 2017 Versa, which both have 5 years or 60,000 miles for limited powertrain and only 3 years or 36,000 miles for bumper-to-bumper coverage.
|2017 Kia Rio||Vs.||2017 Toyota Yaris||2017 Nissan Versa|
|27, 36||MPG (city, highway)||30, 36||26, 35|
|Three: 6-speed automatic, 6-speed manual, Idle Stop and Go w/Eco Package||Available Transmissions||Two: 5-speed manual, 4-speed electronically controlled automatic||Three: 5-speed manual, 4-speed automatic, Xtronic CVT|
|10 years or 100,000 miles||Warranty Coverage: Limited Powertrain||5 years or 60,000 miles||5 years or 60,000 miles|
|5 years or 60,000 miles||Warranty Coverage: Bumper-to-Bumper||3 years or 36,000 miles||3 years or 36,000 miles|
The 2017 Toyota Yaris and 2017 Nissan Versa both are lightweight, with the 2017 Yaris between 2,315 to 2,335 pounds and the 2017 Versa ranging between 2,390 and 2,513 pounds, but you don't want a car that will fold like a pamphlet in the unfortunate event of an impact. The 2017 Kia Rio is heavier at a curb weight between 2,656 and 2,729 pounds (depending on the trim option), which is still lightweight for difficult maneuvers but heavier for added durability and protection. Also important is the transmission of a vehicle, and the 2017 Rio has three possibilities, with 6-speed automatic and 6-speed manual among them for a significantly smoother and sportier ride than the 2017 Yaris and 2017 Versa's 4-speed and 5-speed transmission options.
Add up the pros and cons of these three subcompacts – power, size, and transmission, among other qualities – and the 2017 Kia Rio is a clear winner. We're proud to stock the 2017 Kia Rio at Frank Boucher Kia of Racine, and we're located at 9601 Washington Avenue in Racine WI. We also serve the area which includes Milwaukee, West Allis and Kenosha. For more information about the Kia models on our lot, call (262) 725-4041 or come visit us at the dealership so we can set you up with a test drive for the model of your choice.