If you are planning to buy a new car and are trying to choose between the Kia Rio and the Hyundai Accent, then you have already narrowed down your decision quite a bit. With either car, you will be getting a subcompact car made by a South Korean company. Both cars are small, practical, and economical.
The 2016 Kia Rio is available in several body styles, four-door sedan and five-door hatchback. With either body style, you can choose automatic or manual transmission. Similar options in body style and transmission are available for the 2016 Hyundai Accent. The two cars are virtually identical in size, with less than an inch of difference in length, width, height, and wheelbase. The four-door sedans of both the Rio and the Accent have 13.7 cubic feet of trunk space.
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The engines of the 2016 Kia Rio and the 2016 Hyundai Accent are also practically identical. They both have the same horsepower, 138 at 6300 RPM and the same displacement. Both have direct gasoline injection fuel systems that take regular unleaded I-4 fuel. Both get 37 miles to the gallon in highway driving. With city driving, the Rio gets 27 miles per gallon, and the Accent gets 26.
Trim Levels and Price
The invoice prices of the 2016 Kia Rio and the 2016 Hyundai Accent are also very similar. Both cars cost about $15,000, give or take a few hundred dollars. Keyless entry and power windows are standard on the Kia Rio. Power-folding mirrors and outside mirrors with turn signal indicators are optional on the Kia Rio EX and standard on the SX, as are auto light control and front fog lights. A power sunroof is optional on the Kia Rio SX. For an additional $600, you can equip your Hyundai Accent with a Bluetooth phone system, cruise control, and heated side mirrors.
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Both the Kia Rio and the Hyundai Accent are a very good value if you are in the market for a subcompact car. They are almost exactly the same size and very similar in price and fuel economy. The real difference between them has to do with which trim features are available. The Kia Rio allows you to choose from a greater variety of optional features. The Hyundai Accent also includes customizable features, but they are not as fancy as the ones available for the Kia Rio.
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