2019 Kia Rio vs Nissan Versa

If you're trying to decide between the 2019 Kia Rio and the 2019 Nissan Versa, then you've come to the right place. These two sedans share quite a few highly sought-after features including efficient powertrains, spacious cabins, and advanced safety features. However, only one model can come out on top.

In this review, we at Fred Beans Kia of Mechanicsburg will show you which of these two models is the best pick for drivers in the areas of Mechanicsburg, Harrisburg, and Carlisle. Read ahead to learn more!

Rio vs Versa: Performance

As competitively capable sedans, the 2019 Kia Rio and the 2019 Nissan Versa have a lot in common in terms of equipment under the front hood. Both vehicles are powered by seemingly identical 1.6L 4-cylinder engines that work with a front-wheel drivetrain. However, when it comes to how these engines perform, the Kia Rio and the Nissan Versa couldn't be more different.

The Kia Rio's engine makes a peppy 130 horsepower and 119 lb-ft of torque while still achieving an efficient EPA-estimated 28 city / 37 highway MPG.1 The Nissan Versa, on the other hand, maxes out at 109 horsepower and 107 lb-ft of torque, and it only achieves a standard EPA-estimated 27 city / 36 highway MPG.

Rio vs Versa: Interior Comfort

Whether you're driving to and from work or traversing across the state on your next weekend road trip, comfort is everything. In the 2019 Kia Rio, you'll have plenty of space for all five passengers to spread out and get comfortable while the 2019 Nissan Versa makes it a bit of a squeeze with the following interior dimensions:


Kia Rio

Nissan Versa

Front Hip Room

52.9 inches

48.1 inches

Front Legroom

42.1 inches

41.8 inches

Rear Headroom

37.4 inches

36.6 inches

Rear Shoulder Room

53.3 inches

51.9 inches

Rio vs Versa: Safety Features

The 2019 Kia Rio isn't just exceptionally efficient and spaciously comfortable-it's also impressively safe. The Kia Rio is equipped with the Kia Drive Wise suite of drive assistive safety technologies starting with Forward Collision Warning, which alerts you when there's a potential hazard in your way.

The Kia Rio takes driver assistance a step further, though, with the available Forward Collision Avoidance Assist which automatically applies the brakes for you when it detects a potential hazard. Unfortunately, the 2019 Nissan Versa doesn't offer any driver assistive safety features like this, so you'll have to rely on your eyes and your instincts alone.

2019 Kia Rio vs 2019 Nissan Versa: Which One?

As you can see, the 2019 Kia Rio comes out on top in every way. With its efficient performance, spacious cabin, and advanced safety features, the Rio is ready for whatever adventure or commute you throw at it.

Experience it for yourself by getting behind the wheel for a test drive with us at Fred Beans Kia of Mechanicsburg. Shoppers in Mechanicsburg, Harrisburg, and Carlisle can schedule a test drive today by giving us a call at the dealership!


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

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