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2018 Kia Rio vs. 2018 Toyota Yaris Sedan

The subcompact class is always a popular one for lovers of high fuel economy, fleet handling and effortless style. We have two prime examples of this with the 2018 Kia Rio and the 2018 Toyota Yaris, both easy on the wallet and easy to love. See which one has the better package of power, room and tech!

The 2018 Kia Rio comes with 130 horsepower across all three of its trim levels, which easily tops the paltry power of the 2018 Yaris, which doesn’t register much of a threat with its 106 HP.

While the 2018 Yaris' lightweight construction makes turns easier to handle, the 2018 Rio is a sturdier and more spacious model, with 89.9 cubic feet for passengers to the 2018 Yaris' sports-car-like 84.4 cubic feet. Plus, you get the benefit of a more responsive driving experience with the 2018 Rio, with its six-speed transmission, surely better for smooth gear transitions than the 2018 Yaris’ 4-speed or 5-speed transmission options.

2018 Kia Rio


2018 Toyota Yaris

130 Horsepower 106
29, 37 Top MPG (city, highway) 30, 36
3 Trim Options 2
6-speed Transmission 4-speed or 5-speed
7 Max. Size of Touchscreen (inches) 6.1
Yes Available Apple CarPlay? No
89.9 Passenger Room (cubic feet) 84.4
Yes, the 2018 Rio 5-Door Available in Hatchback? Yes, the 5-door 2018 Yaris

Look for the Fun-Loving, Performance-Driven Kia Rio Subcompact in Racine WI

The 2018 Kia Rio comes with a new trim option, the S, to go along with its advantages over the 2018 Yaris in performance and transmission options. To go along with that, the 2018 Rio also has a wider breadth of tech options, with available UVO eServices, which gives you access to Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and a 7-inch touchscreen. The 2018 Yaris comes with a maximum screen size of 6.1 inches, but to go with this smaller size, you also do not get access to Apple CarPlay or Android Auto and how they can sync up with compatible smartphones like you get with the 2018 Rio.

Whether you would like to see why the Kia Rio is superior to the Yaris, or you would like to see a model like the Kia Soul crossover or the Kia Optima sedan, we can set you up with a test drive on the lot at Boucher Kia of Racine, 9601 Washington Avenue in Racine WI, though we also serve the area which includes Milwaukee, West Allis and Kenosha. For more information regarding 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.