The Sedan Standoff: 2016 Chevy Sonic vs. 2016 Kia Rio

2016 Chevrolet Sonic

2016 Chevrolet Sonic

2016 Kia Rio

2016 Kia Rio

The 2016 Chevy Sonic and 2016 Kia Rio are two classic sedans in a highly-competitive market. When it comes to value and quality, which one is the most deserving of your money? We compared the 2016 Chevy Sonic Sedan LS and 2016 Kia Rio Sedan LX in several categories that matter most to the modern customer, from safety features to interior space. Read on to see which vehicle ran away with the competition!


Chevy has a terrific warranty plan that could save customers hundreds annually. While Kia offers no scheduled maintenance, Chevrolet offers 2 years and 24,000 miles worth of complimentary maintenance. Kia’s corrosion warranty is one year less than Chevy’s, so Sonic owners have 6 years of total coverage. If you want to take advantage of this great warranty, Chevy has nearly 7 times the number of dealerships compared to Kia.


The Chevy Sonic is a larger car with a more spacious cabin than the Kia Rio. The Sonic contains 90.3 cubic feet of interior passenger volume compared to 88.4 cubic feet in the Rio. That’s a difference of nearly two cubic feet. Passengers in the Sonic will also enjoy nearly 4 inches of addition leg room in the back, so taller riders won’t feel restricted. If you have cargo, the Sonic has a larger trunk to carry it. The Rio’s trunk is only 13.7 cubic feet, while the Sonic enjoys 14.9 cubic feet of space.


The Sonic has well-designed amenities to offer convenience and control on the road. The Sonic has power windows with power locks, while the Rio only offers power locks for an extra charge. Similarly, the automatic headlight on/off feature is standard on the Sonic and an extra charge for the Rio. If you need to stay connected, then Bluetooth wireless is standard with the Sonic. You’ll need to pay more in the Rio for Bluetooth connectivity.


Both vehicles underwent the NHTSA’s rigorous crash tests to determine which would perform best under pressure. The Sonic earned perfect 5 star scores in overall safety, front crash tests, side crash tests, and even a pole crash test. The Rio only earned 4 stars overall. The IIHS also conducted side impact tests to assess safety. Unsurprisingly, the Sonic earned the higher rating of “Good” for both overall evaluation and structure. The Rio merely earned a rating of “Acceptable.”

Test Drive Our Winner Today

After thorough analysis, the 2016 Chevy Sonic was the clear victor over the 2016 Kia Rio. Why not experience this winner for yourself with a no-obligation test drive? Visit Biggers Chevy on 1385 East Chicago Street in Elgin, or feel free to contact us online about our Sonic inventory.