Comparison: 2017 Honda Fit vs 2017 Kia Rio

Comparison: 2017 Honda Fit vs 2017 Kia Rio

A subcompact is a perfect fit for a teen driver or a student heading off to college, and modern features even make some models ideal for parents. It's important to look at the details before you buy, so be sure to do your homework if you're searching for a truly versatile subcompact.  

Charlottesville residents who want to know how the 2017 Honda Fit stacks up against competitors like the 2017 Kia Rio have come to the right place. We can answer any of your questions at our convenient Staunton location.

Safety

Honda Fit

The 2017 Honda Fit was awarded a 5-Star Overall Rating by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, earning five stars in all areas except rollover, where it earned four*. Additionally, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave it best-possible scores in all categories for which it was evaluated, including moderate front overlap, side impact, rear crash, and roof strength.

The Fit comes standard with a multi-angle rearview camera with guidelines, and is available with Honda LaneWatch, an advanced blind spot monitoring system.

Kia Rio

The 2017 Kia Rio received a 4-Star Overall Rating from the NHTSA, earning four stars in tests for frontal crash and rollover and five stars for side crash. The IIHS gave it good ratings for moderate front overlap, rear crash, and roof strength, but took points off in tests for small front overlap and side impact.

The Rio is available with a Rear-Camera Display only on upper trims, and does not come available with a blind spot monitor.

Interior

Honda Fit

Honda's Magic Seat gives many of its models an edge on the competition, offering class-leading cargo space and configurability. The second row can split-fold or fold down completely, giving you 52.7 cubic feet of cargo volume. The passenger seat also folds flat, allowing for stowage of long items like skis or surfboards. Plus, when you fold the Magic Seat up, you have 4 feet of vertical space for moving plants, lamps, and upright objects. Even with all seats up, the Fit has 16.6 cubes of cargo space, which is substantial for a hatchback of its size.

Kia Rio

The 2017 Rio does feature 60/40 split-folding rear seats, but they don't offer you the options that the Magic Seat does. When the second-row is folded, you have 49.8 cubes of space, but it is obstructed by part of the second row, and a permanently upright passenger seat prevents storage of longer items. With all seats up, the Rio has just 13.7 cubes of cargo space.

Pricing

Honda Fit

Starting at $16,090**

Kia Rio

Starting at $14,165 MSRP


*Government 5-Star Safety Ratings are part of the U.S. Department of Transportation's New Car Assessment Program  (www.safercar.gov). Model tested with standard side airbags (SAB). 2017 Honda Civic with Honda Sensing ™ and specific headlights. 

**Prices shown are Honda Suggested Retail Prices only and do not include taxes, license or a destination and handling charge. Actual vehicle/accessory costs, labor and installation vary. Dealers set their own prices. Please consult your selected dealer.