2018 Kia Rio vs 2018 Nissan Versa

Passenger side exterior view of a gray 2018 Kia Rio on the left "vs" a rear exterior view of a red 2018 Nissan Versa on the right

Finding a new compact car can be difficult with all of the available options afforded to customers, but the two models that are continually at the top of the list are the 2018 Kia Rio and the 2018 Nissan Versa. Both of these efficient and stylish vehicles provide their owners with an accommodating and comfortable cabin that is loaded with the latest technology features. The 2018 Kia Rio and the 2018 Nissan Versa both have spacious seating and the versatile interior space necessary to make it through your hectic and ever-changing day. Get to know the differences and similarities between the 2018 Kia Rio and the 2018 Nissan Versa right here and you will find a new car that fits your needs today.

2018 Kia Rio


2018 Nissan Versa

1.6L Inline 4-Cylinder Standard Engine 1.6L 4-Cylinder
130 HP/ 119 Torque Horsepower/ Torque 109 HP/ 107 Torque
6-Speed Manual Standard Transmission 5-Speed Manual
29 MPG City/ 37 MPG HWY Fuel Economy* 27 Mpg City/ 36 MPG WY
*EPA estimates of the Base Trim level with Standard Equipment.

Compare the Kia Rio & Nissan Versa

As you can see from the easy to follow graph above the 2018 Kia Rio’s standard drivetrain outperforms the 2018 Nissan Versa’s in terms of both power and fuel efficiency. The 2018 Rio and 2018 Versa only offer their standard engines but they both offer a transmission upgrade; the 2018 Kia Rio provides an available 6-Speed Automatic Transmission w/ Sportmatic® and the 2018 Nissan Versa offers a Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT). The 2018 Versa only offers its CVT on its top two trim levels while the 2018 Rio offers its 6-Speed Automatic on all of its available trim levels.

Both the 2018 Kia Rio and the 2018 Nissan Versa provide seating for five passengers, but the 2018 Rio has more front and rear legroom than the 2018 Versa offers. The 2018 Kia Rio also supplies its owners with more standard safety equipment than the 2018 Versa offers as well. Standard safety equipment on the 2018 Kia Rio includes Electronic Stability Control, Electronic Brake-Force Distribution, Side Impact Door Beams, and Front & Rear Crumple Zones. With a more powerful and efficient standard drivetrain and more standard safety features, the 2018 Kia Rio is the easy choice over the 2018 Nissan Versa. You can take the compact and sporty 2018 Kia Rio for a test drive today at Carolina Kia in High Point, NC.