2019 Kia Rio vs Ford Fiesta

Are you ready to cruise the streets of Mechanicsburg, Harrisburg, and Carlisle in style? If so, you could use a new sedan. They have all the style you need, with added performance and a surprising amount of interior space to boot. Sedans are the most popular class of car in the country, meaning you have many different models to choose from.

To help you choose the one that's right for you, we've taken two of the best sedans on the market and put them through a comprehensive comparison. The 2019 Kia Rio and the 2019 Ford Fiesta are both shining examples of their class, but only one can be right for you. Learn about the differences between them in our detailed Kia Rio vs. Ford Fiesta comparison, brought to you by Fred Beans Kia of Mechanicsburg.

Kia vs Ford: Performance

If you're going to be driving in style, you need to be able to get where you need to go. Both of these vehicles have the power to get you moving, but the 2019 Rio has a bit more where it counts. Their base models both feature modest horsepower, but with virtually the same type of engine, the Rio manages to produce 130 horsepower, while the 2019 Fiesta can only manage 120 horsepower.

Despite the extra horsepower, the Rio features a better fuel economy in all categories. When you're driving the Rio, you can enjoy an EPA-estimated 28 city/37 highway MPG,1 as compared to the Fiesta's standard EPA-estimated 27 city/35 highway MPG.


Inside these two sedans, you'll find plenty of room to relax while you drive. However, if you plan to have rear-seat passengers with you, they might prefer riding in the Rio.

The Fiesta has a respectable amount of space for rear passengers, with 37.1 inches of headroom and 31.2 inches of legroom. However, the Rio doesn't cram them quite as tight-it features 37.4 inches of rear headroom and 33.5 inches of rear legroom, the latter being an especially noticeable difference.

If you're more interested in hauling cargo, both sedans feature useful cargo space, but again, the Rio offers a bit more. You can enjoy 13.7 cubic feet of cargo space in the Rio, while the Fiesta's trunk only offers 12.8 cubic feet. Surprisingly enough, the Rio features all this extra interior space despite having a smaller turning diameter of 33.5 feet, as compared to the Fiesta's 34.4 feet.

Safety Technology

Whether you use your sedan as a personal cruiser or a family car, safety is essential. Fortunately, these sedans include plenty of driver assistance features, but only the Rio features them standard on all models. The Rio is one of the few cars in its class to include Autonomous Emergency Braking standard, among other features.

Our Verdict: Kia Rio vs Ford Fiesta

At the end of our Kia Rio vs. Ford Fiesta comparison, the 2019 Kia Rio might look like the sedan that's perfect for you. With its increased performance, safety, and interior space, the Rio is a truly impressive vehicle for all kinds of drivers in the Mechanicsburg, Harrisburg, and Carlisle areas.

If you want to get a firsthand feel for the Kia Rio, head down to Fred Beans Kia of Mechanicsburg. Our friendly team is more than happy to show you the ins and outs of this amazing sedan, so come discover whether it's right for you. Contact us to schedule your test drive today!


*EPA fuel economy estimates. Actual mileage will vary with options, driving conditions, driving habits, and your vehicle's condition.

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