2018 Kia Rio vs 2018 Kia Forte

Split screen images of the 2018 Kia Rio and the 2018 Kia Forte

It's hard to go wrong when debating between two Kia models. Every Kia offers outstanding value, a generous standard features list, and one of the best warranties in the business. So, when it comes down to picking it should be about your lifestyle and which Kia model fits it best. Let's compare two Kia sedans, the 2018 Kia Rio vs 2018 Kia Forte, to help sedan shoppers decide which is right for them.

Both the 2018 Kia Rio and 2018 Kia Forte offer budget-friendly MSRPs. However, the 2018 Rio does come in about $3,000 less than the 2018 Forte. The 2018 Rio also offers a better fuel economy meaning that car shoppers will be saving money on gas long after the sale too. If the price is one of the main factors in your decision, you may want to lean towards the 2018 Kia Rio.

2018 Kia Rio


2018 Kia Forte

$13,900 Starting MSRP $16,800
29/37 Fuel Economy 25/34
1.6-liter  Base Engine 2.0-liter
13.7 cubic feet Cargo Space 14.9 cubic feet

Interior Space on the 2018 Rio and 2018 Forte

If the price is not the main factor in your vehicle buying decision, then you may want to take a closer look at the 2018 Kia Forte. For only $3,000 more on the base trim, car shoppers will get more interior room, more cargo space, and added standard features. Both vehicles seat five, so there isn't room for more passengers but each passenger will have more elbow space in the 2018 Forte. If you plan to frequently haul three people in the back the extra space could be well worth it. The 2018 Forte also has about 1 cubic foot more space in the trunk than the 2018 Rio which can come in handy when packing for a trip or hauling a full car. Car shoppers will also find 60/40 split-folding rear seats and Bluetooth among the standard features found in the 2018 Forte.

The verdict? If price is your concern, go with the 2018 Kia Rio. If extra space is your concern, consider the 2018 Kia Forte instead. Car shoppers near St. Louis can find both sedans at the Paul Cerame Kia dealership. If you still aren't sure which one offers you the best fit for your lifestyle, stop by the dealership and talk to a sales rep who can show you each model more in depth.