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Honda Fit vs. Kia Rio

Compare repair costs, reliability, and owner reviews

Honda Fit

2016 Honda Fit
$362
Annual Repair Cost
on average

Kia Rio

2016 Kia Rio
$406
Annual Repair Cost
on average

Overall Reliability Rating

Excellent

The Honda Fit Reliability Rating is 4.5 out of 5.0, which ranks it 15th out of 21 for subcompact cars. The average annual repair cost is $362 which means it has excellent ownership costs. Repairs are less severe than average, and the frequency of these issues is average, so major repairs are not common for the Fit.

Excellent

The Kia Rio Reliability Rating is 5.0 out of 5.0, which ranks it 3rd out of 21 for subcompact cars. The average annual repair cost is $406 which means it has excellent ownership costs. The severity and frequency of repairs are both much lower than other vehicles, so the Rio is one of the more reliable vehicles on the road.

Reliability Rating Breakdown

Cost
Average annual repairs total
$362
inexpensive
very expensive
$406
inexpensive
very expensive
Frequency
Average annual repair shop visits
0.5
not often
way too often
0.2
not often
way too often
Severity
Percentage of annual repairs that are urgent
10%
minor issues
major issues
9%
minor issues
major issues

Overall Car Ratings & Details

(16 Reviews)
(52 Reviews)
Rating Details
5 star
(6)
4 star
(7)
3 star
(2)
2 star
(1)
1 star
(0)

The Honda Fit ranks highest in exhaust and ranks lowest in body.

Read more detailed reviews here.

“I was very impressed with my Fit until the head on crash test results were aired on TV. I have had no problems except the battery would not hold a charge very long. It is true that I don't drive ...”

Rating Details
5 star
(8)
4 star
(17)
3 star
(11)
2 star
(9)
1 star
(6)

The Kia Rio ranks highest in exhaust and ranks lowest in brakes.

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“We have an 09 kia rio. 158xxx miles. Were done most repairs ourselves with no issues...helps that I have a hubby who's a Millwright and has the tools. There was a problem about2years ago that after...”

Vehicle Comparison Rundown

The Honda Fit and the Kia Rio are both subcompact cars. They both come with front-wheel drive. The Fit is available as a five-door wagon, while the Rio comes in either a four-door sedan or a five-door hatchback body style, called the Rio5.

In a power comparison, the Fit and Rio are closely matched. The Fit has a standard engine with 128 to 130 horsepower, depending on the transmission selected. The Rio’s standard and only engine has 130 horsepower.

The Honda Fit has an advantage in terms of interior space, depending which Kia Rio you compare it to. The Fit has 52.7 cubic feet with the back seat down, compared to 32.8 cubic feet in the Rio sedan and 49.8 cubic feet in the Rio5. The hatchbacks are pretty close. But the Fit also features its unique Magic Seat, which can be folded out of the way to accommodate either full-length or full-height items inside. The Fit wins in overall utility.

The Honda Fit and the Kia Rio are both worthy choices in the subcompact car segment. Drive them both, compare equipment and prices, then select the one that is the best overall combination of value and interior space for your needs.


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