Honda Cars of Katy Compares 2018 Honda Civic Sedan VS 2018 Kia Rio Near Houston, TX

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2018 Honda Civic Sedan

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2018 Kia Rio

Safety Comparison

The Civic’s optional lane departure warning system alerts a temporarily inattentive driver when the vehicle begins to leave its lane and gently nudges the vehicle back towards its lane. The Rio doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.

The Civic’s blind spot mirrors use wide-angle convex mirrors mounted in the corner of each side view mirror to reveal objects that may be in the driver’s blind spots. The Rio doesn’t offer a system to reveal objects in the driver’s blind spots.

The Civic EX/EX-T/EX-L/Touring has standard HondaLink Assist, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The Rio doesn’t offer a GPS response system, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.

Both the Civic and the Rio have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights and available crash mitigating brakes.

For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, and with its optional front crash prevention system, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Civic the rating of “Top Pick” for 2017, a rating granted to only 120 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Rio has not been tested, yet.

Warranty Comparison

The Civic’s 5-year corrosion warranty has no mileage limitations, but the corrosion warranty on the Rio runs out after 100,000 miles.

There are over 34 percent more Honda dealers than there are Kia dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the Civic’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2016 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Honda vehicles are more reliable than Kia vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Honda 7th in reliability, above the industry average. With 27 more problems per 100 vehicles, Kia is ranked 17th.

Engine Comparison

The Civic’s standard 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 28 more horsepower (158 vs. 130) and 19 lbs.-ft. more torque (138 vs. 119) than the Rio’s 1.6 DOHC 4 cyl. The Civic’s optional 1.5 turbo 4 cyl. produces 44 more horsepower (174 vs. 130) and 43 lbs.-ft. more torque (162 vs. 119) than the Rio’s 1.6 DOHC 4 cyl. The Civic’s optional 1.5 turbo 4 cyl. produces 44 more horsepower (174 vs. 130) and 48 lbs.-ft. more torque (167 vs. 119) than the Rio’s 1.6 DOHC 4 cyl. The Civic Hatchback Sport’s standard 1.5 turbo 4 cyl. produces 50 more horsepower (180 vs. 130) and 58 lbs.-ft. more torque (177 vs. 119) than the Rio’s 1.6 DOHC 4 cyl.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Civic Sedan gets better fuel mileage than the Rio:

 

 

Civic

Rio

 

 

2.0 4 cyl./Manual

28 city/40 hwy

29 city/37 hwy

4 cyl./Manual

 

1.5T/Manual

31 city/42 hwy

n/a

 

 

2.0 4 cyl./Auto

31 city/40 hwy

28 city/37 hwy

4 cyl./Auto

 

1.5T/Auto

32 city/42 hwy

n/a

 

On the EPA test cycle the Civic Hatchback gets better fuel mileage than the Rio:

 

 

Civic

Rio

 

 

1.5T/Manual

29 city/38 hwy

29 city/37 hwy

4 cyl./Manual

 

Sport 1.5T/Manual

29 city/38 hwy

n/a

 

 

1.5T/Auto

32 city/42 hwy

28 city/37 hwy

4 cyl./Auto

 

Sport 1.5T/Auto

31 city/40 hwy

n/a

 

The Civic has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The Rio doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The Honda Civic has standard four-wheel disc brakes for better stopping power and improved directional control in poor weather. Rear drums are standard on the Rio. Drums can heat up and make stops longer, especially with antilock brakes that work much harder than conventional brakes.

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Civic has larger standard tires than the Rio (215/55R16 vs. 185/65R15). The Civic Hatchback Sport/Sport Touring’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Rio (235/40R18 vs. 185/65R15).

The Civic LX/LX-P/EX’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 55 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Rio’s standard 65 series tires. The Civic Hatchback Sport/Sport Touring’s tires have a lower 40 series profile than the Rio’s 65 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Civic LX/LX-P/EX has standard 16-inch wheels. Only 15-inch wheels are available on the Rio. The Civic Hatchback Sport/Sport Touring has standard 18-inch wheels.

The Honda Civic’s wheels have 5 lugs for longer wheel bearing life, less chance of rotor warping and greater strength. The Kia Rio only has 4 wheel lugs per wheel.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

For superior ride and handling, the Honda Civic has fully independent front and rear suspensions. An independent suspension allows the wheels to follow the road at the best angle for gripping the pavement, without compromising ride comfort. The Kia Rio has a rear torsion beam axle, with a semi-independent rear suspension.

The Civic has standard front and rear stabilizer bars, which help keep the Civic flat and controlled during cornering. The Rio’s suspension doesn’t offer a rear stabilizer bar.

The Civic’s drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The Rio doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Civic’s wheelbase is 4.7 inches longer than on the Rio (106.3 inches vs. 101.6 inches).

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Civic is .7 inches wider in the front and 1.1 inches wider in the rear than the track on the Rio.

Passenger Space Comparison

Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the EPA rates the Civic Sedan a Mid-size car, while the Rio Sedan is rated a Compact.

The Civic Sedan has 7.9 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Rio Sedan (97.8 vs. 89.9).

The Civic Sedan has .4 inches more front headroom, .2 inches more front legroom, .8 inches more front hip room, 2.9 inches more front shoulder room, 3.9 inches more rear legroom and 1.7 inches more rear shoulder room than the Rio Sedan.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Civic Sedan has a much larger trunk than the Rio Sedan (15.1 vs. 13.7 cubic feet).

The Civic Hatchback with its rear seat up has a much larger trunk than the Rio 5-Door with its rear seat up (25.7 vs. 17.4 cubic feet). The Civic Hatchback with its rear seat folded has a much larger trunk than the Rio 5-Door with its rear seat folded (46.2 vs. 32.8 cubic feet).

Ergonomics Comparison

The Civic (except LX/Manual) has a standard remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The Rio doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

The Civic’s standard power windows allow the driver or passenger to lower and raise the windows without leaning over or being distracted. Power windows are only available on the Rio S/EX.

The Civic’s front power windows open or close fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The Rio S/EX’s standard power window switches have to be held the entire time to close them fully. Only its driver’s window opens automatically.

Smart Entry standard on the Civic LX-P/EX/EX-T/EX-L/Touring allows you to unlock the driver’s door, trunk and start the engine all without removing a key from pocket or purse. This eliminates searching for keys before loading groceries, getting in the vehicle in bad weather or making a hurried start to your trip. The Kia Rio doesn’t offer an advanced key system.

The Civic Touring’s standard wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield. The Rio’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

The Civic has standard power remote mirrors. The Rio LX doesn’t offer either a remote driver side or passenger side mirror. The driver will have to roll down the windows and reach across the car to adjust the mirrors.

The Civic’s optional rear view mirror has an automatic dimming feature. This mirror can be set to automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on it, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The Rio doesn’t offer the luxury of an automatic dimming rear view mirror.

The Civic EX-T/EX-L/Touring has standard heated front and second row seats (second row heated seats on Touring Sedan/Sport Touring) extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated seats aren’t available in the Rio.

The Civic has a standard center folding armrest for the rear passengers. A center armrest helps make rear passengers more comfortable. The Rio doesn’t offer a rear seat center armrest.

The Civic EX-T/EX-L/Touring’s standard dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. The Rio doesn’t offer dual zone air conditioning.

The Civic’s standard automatic temperature control maintains the temperature you set, automatically controlling fan speed, vents and temperature to maintain a consistent, comfortable environment. The Rio doesn’t offer automatic air conditioning.

To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the Civic offers an optional Adaptive Cruise Control, which alters the speed of the vehicle without driver intervention. This allows the driver to use cruise control more safely without constantly having to disengage it when approaching slower traffic. The Rio doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.

To direct the driver from any location to a given street address, a GPS navigation system is available on the Civic (except LX/EX/EX-T). The Civic’s navigation system also has a real-time traffic update feature that offers alternative routes to automatically bypass traffic problems. (Service not available in all areas.) The Rio doesn’t offer a navigation system.

Bluetooth wireless connectivity is standard on the Civic, connecting the driver and passenger’s cell phones to the vehicle systems. This allows them to use the vehicle’s stereo and hand controls to place calls safely and easily. Kia doesn’t offer wireless connectivity on the Rio LX.

Recommendations Comparison

The Civic was chosen as one of Automobile Magazine’s “All Stars” for 2 of the last 21 years. The Rio has never been an “All Star.”

A group of representative automotive journalists from North America selected the Civic as the 2016 North American Car of the Year. The Rio has never been chosen.

The Honda Civic outsold the Kia Rio by almost 13 to one during 2016.

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