If you have a teenager in your life, perhaps in high school, or a young adult in college, you may be looking at buying them a car. You may want it to be a birthday or graduation surprise--and what a great way to give them a taste of independence! Of course, you want them to have a fairly inexpensive ride for their first car. You also don’t want them to have too much power, and you want them to be safe. Subcompact cars, such as the Kia Rio, are a great first car. They have a low starting price, they are sporty, and they are safe without being too powerful. If you are looking for a subcompact car, which car is right for your family? We have a comparison between the Kia Rio and the Toyota Yaris.
There’s a lot to like about both the Kia Rio and the Yaris. They both have a starting price below $15,000 new. They are both very fuel-efficient cars, and they have enough power to get your young adult where they need to go. When you do a side by side comparison, the Rio has a larger engine with more horsepower. Even though Rio has a larger engine, it’s fuel economy is better than that of the Yaris.
There are a few other things the Kia Rio has that the Yaris doesn’t have. The 2020 Rio offers a remote keyless entry. The mirrors on the outside of the car are heated. There are several safety features that are helpful as well, such as collision avoidance, rearview monitor and parking guidance, and LED headlights with positioning lights. When you add it all up, the Rio is a great, safe affordable first car to have.