Compare Kia Rio vs. Hyundai Elantra vs. Toyota Yaris

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2009 Kia Rio 2008 Hyundai Elantra 2009 Toyota Yaris
2009 Kia Rio 2008 Hyundai Elantra 2009 Toyota Yaris
4dr Sdn Man
  • 4dr Sdn Man
  • 4dr Sdn Man LX
  • 4dr Sdn Man SX
  • 4dr Sdn Auto LX
  • 4dr Sdn Auto SX
4dr Sdn Man GLS
  • 4dr Sdn Man GLS
  • 4dr Sdn Auto GLS
  • 4dr Sdn Auto GLS PZEV
  • 4dr Sdn Man SE
  • 4dr Sdn Auto SE
  • 4dr Sdn Auto SE PZEV
3dr HB Man (Natl)
  • 3dr HB Man (Natl)
  • 3dr HB Man (GS)
  • 3dr HB Man (SE)
  • 4dr Sdn Man (Natl)
  • 4dr Sdn Man (GS)
  • 4dr Sdn Man (SE)
  • 3dr HB Auto (Natl)
  • 3dr HB Auto (GS)
  • 3dr HB Auto (SE)
  • 5dr HB Auto (Natl)
  • 5dr HB Auto (GS)
  • 5dr HB Auto (SE)
  • 4dr Sdn Auto (Natl)
  • 4dr Sdn Auto (GS)
  • 4dr Sdn Auto (SE)
  • 3dr HB Man S (Natl)
  • 3dr HB Man S (GS)
  • 3dr HB Man S (SE)
  • 3dr HB Auto S (Natl)
  • 3dr HB Auto S (GS)
  • 3dr HB Auto S (SE)
  • 4dr Sdn Man S (Natl)
  • 4dr Sdn Man S (GS)
  • 4dr Sdn Man S (SE)
  • 5dr HB Auto S (Natl)
  • 5dr HB Auto S (GS)
  • 5dr HB Auto S (SE)
  • 4dr Sdn Auto S (Natl)
  • 4dr Sdn Auto S (GS)
  • 4dr Sdn Auto S (SE)


MSRP $11,495 $13,970 $12,205
Invoice $11,045 $13,592 $11,595
Avg. Paid $5,706 N/A $7,153

U.S. News Scores

Overall 8.4 8.3 8.4
Critics' Rating 8.1 8.7 7.1
Performance 7.0 7.4 7.0
Interior 7.4 8.0 6.8
Safety 7.1 9.2 8.5
Reliability 5.0 3.0 5.0
Cost to Own 9.7 N/A 9.7

Pros & Cons

  • Good gas mileage
  • Inexpensive
  • Exceptional fun-to-drive factor
  • Comfortable and supportive seats
  • Loaded with standard safety features and excellent scores in crash tests
  • Good gas mileage
  • Navigates cities easily
  • Poor safety scores
  • Short list of safety features
  • Cramped rear seats
  • Some find the interior and exterior styling too conservative, bland
  • Mixed response from the reviewers on the light steering
  • Shifting on the manual transmission can be tricky
  • Base model lacks interior features
  • Passenger seats are cramped
  • Below-average safety score

General Specs

Transmission Manual Manual Manual
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive Front wheel drive
Fuel/Engine Gas I4 1.6L/98 Gas I4 2.0L/121 Gas I4 1.5L/91
MPG 27 City / 32 Hwy 24 City / 33 Hwy 29 City / 36 Hwy



Body Style 4dr Sdn 4 Door Sedan 3 Door Hatchback


Wheelbase(in) 98.4 104.3 96.9
Length, Overall (in) 166.9 177.4 150.6
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 66.7 69.9 66.7
Height, Overall (in) 57.9 58.3 60.0

Doors & Windows

Rear Defrost Standard Standard Optional
Power Windows Standard Optional

Exterior Features

Sun/Moon Roof Optional
Power Tilt/Sliding Sunroof Optional
Sunroof Wind Deflector Optional
Rear Spoiler Optional Optional Optional


Base Curb Weight (lbs) 2365 2751 2295

Tires & Wheels

Tires - Front All-Season Standard Standard Standard
Tires - Rear All-Season Standard Standard Standard
Compact Spare Tire Standard Standard Standard
Tire Pressure Monitoring System Standard Standard Standard
Aluminum Wheels Optional
Wheel Locks Optional Optional
Steel Wheels Standard Standard Standard
Wheel Covers Standard Standard


Convenience & Comfort

Alarm Standard Optional
Auxiliary Pwr Outlet Standard Standard Standard
Cruise Control Optional Optional
Vehicle Anti-Theft System Optional
Fog Lamps Optional Optional
Auto-Off Headlights Standard
Front Reading Lamps Standard Standard
Rear Seat Heat Ducts Optional
Adjustable Steering Wheel Standard Standard
Remote Trunk Release Standard Standard
Intermittent Wipers Standard Standard Standard
Variable Speed Intermittent Wipers Standard Standard
Front Floor Mats Optional Optional Optional
Rear Floor Mats Optional Optional Optional
Keyless Entry Standard Optional
Power Door Locks Standard Optional
Heated Exterior Driver Mirror Standard
Heated Mirrors Standard
Heated Exterior Passenger Mirror Standard
Power Driver Mirror Standard Optional
Power Passenger Mirror Standard Optional
Driver Vanity Mirror Standard Optional
Driver Illuminated Vanity Mirror Optional
Passenger Vanity Mirror Standard Optional
Passenger Illuminated Visor Mirror Optional
Manual Steering Standard
Power Steering Standard Standard


Passenger Capacity 5 5 5
Passenger Volume (cu. ft.) 92.2 97.9 84.1
Front Head Room (in) 39.6 40.0 39.4
Front Leg Room (in) 42.8 43.5 40.3
Front Shoulder Room (in) 53.5 55.6 51.4
Front Hip Room (in) 50.8 54.2 50.0
Second Head Room (in) 37.8 37.6 37.9
Second Leg Room (in) 34.3 35.0 33.8
Second Shoulder Room (in) 53.1 55.1 50.4
Second Hip Room (in) 50.0 54.0 46.7
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (cu. ft.) 25.7
Trunk Volume (cu. ft.) 11.9 14.2


AM/FM Stereo Standard Optional Optional
Auxiliary Audio Input Standard Optional Optional
CD Player Standard Optional Optional
MP3 Player Standard Optional Optional
Satellite Radio Standard Optional

Heating & Cooling

A/C Optional Standard

Navigation & Communication

Wireless Cell Phone Hookup Optional


Cloth Seats Standard Standard Standard
Pass-Through Rear Seat Standard Optional
2nd Row Bench Seat Standard Standard
Bucket Seats Standard Standard Standard



Driver Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Passenger Air Bag On/Off Switch Standard Standard Standard
Passenger Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Side Head Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Rear Head Air Bag Standard Standard
Side Air Bag Standard Standard Standard


4-Wheel ABS Standard Standard
4-Wheel Disc Brakes Standard
Front Disc/Rear Drum Brakes Standard Standard

Safety Features

Daytime Running Lights Optional
Child Safety Locks Standard Standard
Emergency Trunk Release Standard


Engine & Performance

Front Wheel Drive Standard Standard Standard
4 Cylinder Engine Standard Standard Standard
Engine Type Gas I4 Gas I4 Gas I4
Displacement 1.6L/98 2.0L/121 1.5L/91
Horsepower (Net @ RPM) 110 @ 6000 138 @ 6000 106 @ 6000
Torque (Net @ RPM) 107 @ 4500 136 @ 4600 103 @ 4200
Transmission Manual w/OD Manual w/OD Manual
Turning diameter 32.7 33.9 30.8


Gasoline Fuel Standard Standard Standard
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 27 24 29
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 32 33 36
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 11.9 14 11.1


Suspension Type - Front Independent Independent MacPherson Strut
Suspension Type - Rear Torsion Beam Independent Torsion Beam
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) MacPherson Strut MacPherson Strut w/stabilizer bar
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) w/Coil Springs Multi-Link


Manual Standard Standard Standard
5-Speed Manual Standard Standard Standard

Safety scores should only be compared between vehicles of similar size and weight. Larger, heavier vehicles generally provide more protection than smaller, lighter ones.