2018 Kia Rio vs 2018 Hyundai Accent

2018 Kia Rio Exterior Driver Side Front vs 2018 Hyundai Accent Exterior Passenger Side Front

At the turn of the century – and, coincidentally, the millennium – Kia introduced a brand-new subcompact sedan called the Kia Rio. Since then, it has undergone a number of redesigns, the most recent of which delivered us the all-new 2018 Kia Rio. Better at everything than its previous iterations, the new Rio makes an excellent option in the subcompact sedan segment, which is a segment rife with competition.

We thought we’d see how our favorite entry into the class fares against one of its biggest competitors by comparing the 2018 Kia Rio vs 2018 Hyundai Accent. The Accent has been around for a few years longer than the Rio, and it was also just redesigned for the 2018 model year, with each sedan entering its fourth and fifth generation respectively. To make our comparison, we compiled some of the most pertinent stats into the table just below.

2018 Kia Rio


2018 Hyundai Accent

130 HP Horsepower 130 HP
32 mpg Combined Fuel Efficiency 31 mpg
13.7 cu. ft. Cargo Capacity 13.7 cu. ft.
5 Seating Capacity 5

Advantages of the 2018 Rio

After just a cursory glance at the table above it becomes obvious just how comparable these two subcompact sedans are to one another, as they’re nearly identical. Horsepower might not be as important in vehicles like these as it is in high-performance sports cars, but it’s still one of the most important specs regardless of segment, as it dictates one aspect of how enjoyable the driving experience will be.

Cargo and seating capacity are important for more obvious reasons. You want to have as much space as possible for people and cargo, no matter what size of vehicle you’re looking for. The subcompact sedan you’re shopping for obviously won’t be able to offer as much space as a big SUV, but if can offer more space than another vehicle in its segment, that’s fantastic! These two sedans are identical in space and power, leaving an advantage in only one area.

That area is combined fuel efficiency, and the nod is given towards the 2018 Kia Rio. Though we’ll be the first to admit, 1 mpg won’t be particularly noticeable. You’ll save some change at the pump over time, but not a ton. What this comparison comes down to is looking at the design of the two vehicles and comparing the type of features available in either. If you’d like to know more about features or see a Rio’s design up close and personal, schedule a test drive here on the site or give us a call at the sales desk!