Sonic vs Rio

Vs Kia Rio



“Most Dependable Small Car” Award – The J.D. Power Dependability Awards are the result of real owners evaluation their 2016 model year vehicles for 177 specific problems over the last 12 months. So when we say that Chevrolet vehicles are dependable, it’s not our words – it’s thousands of yours1.

The 2020 Chevrolet Sonic is surprisingly fuel efficient, getting an EPA estimated 262 MPGs in the city and 342 MPGs on the highway. After all, the average American drives more than 13,000 miles a year - here's to more driving, and less stopping for gas3.


Strong, lightweight, and aesthetically pleasing, alloy wheels come standard on the 2020 Chevrolet Sonic2. They're also available as an option on the 2020 Kia Rio, but they'll cost extra.

While they're not as popular in more mild areas, in frigid climates many drivers find heated seats, a standard feature on the 2020 Chevrolet Sonic4, quite necessary. If you want heated seats on the 2020 Kia Rio, though, you'll have to pay extra for them.

Move forward, back, up, or down with the touch of a button, using the Power Adjustable Seats that come standard on the 2020 Chevrolet Sonic4. Power Adjustable Seats aren't standard on the 2020 Kia Rio, so be prepared to either pay more, or use that awkward bar under the seat.

No more parallel parking jitters - the optional Rear Parking Aid on the 2020 Chevrolet Sonic5 can help guide you into the perfect parking spot, signaling when you're getting too close to the curb, or other cars. Unless you enjoy the parallel parking jitters, in which case, choose the 2020 Kia Rio, which doesn't have a rear parking aid option.

Even the most discerning music aficionado is sure to find a channel to enjoy on satellite radio, a standard feature on the 2020 Chevrolet Sonic5... but not on the 2020 Kia Rio6.

The 2020 Chevrolet Sonic's5 optional sunroof lets the light in on even the gloomiest day. Sadly, the 2020 Kia Rio doesn't come with a sunroof, no matter how nicely you ask for one.
2020 Chevrolet Sonic2020 Kia Rio
Alloy Wheels
Heated Front Seats
Power Adjustable Seats
Rear Parking Aid
Satellite Radio


Want more power and higher top speeds? Consider the 2020 Chevrolet Sonic2, boasting 18 more horses and 10 more horses per ton than the 2020 Kia Rio7.

The 2020 Chevrolet Sonic's2 increased torque - 1482 lb.-ft. vs. 1127 lb.-ft. - can mean the difference between easy going and a sluggish ride.

Enjoy the increased safety, fuel economy, and yes, fun, of the 2020 Chevrolet Sonic's2 optional turbocharged engine. Sadly, turbo isn't an option on the 2020 Kia Rio.
2020 Chevrolet Sonic2020 Kia Rio
Horsepower Per Ton


If you're driving a 2020 Chevrolet Sonic5, and stray from your lane, no worries: the optional Lane Departure Warning System will give you an audio alert, possibly helping avert an accident. If you're driving a 2020 Kia Rio, this extra layer of safety isn't even an option.

The 2020 Chevrolet Sonic's2 dedication to occupant safety has earned it the NHTSA's coveted 5-star Overall Crash Rating and 5-star Overall Side Crash Rating8.

The 2020 Chevrolet Sonic2 offers side airbag protection to its rear passengers standard, but that same level of safety isn't even an option on the 2020 Kia Rio.
2020 Chevrolet Sonic2020 Kia Rio
Lane Departure Warning System
Overall Crash Rating
Overall Side Crash Rating
Rear Side Airbag


Offering more inches in combined rear head and rear leg room than the 2020 Kia Rio7, the 2020 Chevrolet Sonic9 is roomy enough for even the tallest of your passengers to travel in comfort. Bye-bye cramped "airplane-legs," hello rear passenger comfort.

No matter what you're stowing, from groceries to gardening gear, the 2020 Chevrolet Sonic's2 increased storage volume means you'll have more room for all your stuff, from apples to zinnias, and everything in between.
2020 Chevrolet Sonic2020 Kia Rio
Rear Head Room
Rear Leg Room
Storage Volume
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1 - Based on 2016 models. The 2016 Chevrolet Sonic received the fewest reported problems in its segment in J.D. Power’s 2019 U.S. Vehicle Dependability Study following three years of ownership. See for more details.
2 - 2020 Chevrolet Sonic 4dr Sdn LS
3 - Average American drives 13,476 miles per year.(source:
4 - 2020 Chevrolet Sonic 4dr Sdn Premier
5 - 2020 Chevrolet Sonic 4dr Sdn LT
6 - 2020 Kia Rio S IVT
7 - 2020 Kia Rio LX IVT
9 - 2020 Chevrolet Sonic 5dr HB LT w/1SD