2020 Kia Rio vs 2020 Hyundai Accent Comparison in Olympia, WA

When it comes to choosing a more reliable ride that gets great fuel economy and comes with an affordable price tag, there are a lot of options. Of course, your best bet is to get a new car so you can enjoy the peace of mind that comes with a new car warranty. That also means you can enjoy a ride that you know exactly how well it's been cared for. For these reasons, and many more, the compact sedan segment is among the most popular, and that means stiff competition.

At Hanson Kia, we've found that our most satisfied customers are also the best informed. That's why we've put together competitive Kia comparisons like this one between the latest Kia Rio and the 2020 Hyundai Accent. Get an idea of how Kia offers more for your money below, then discover a better way to shop for a new car in Olympia, WA at our friendly, family-owned dealership.

A side look at the 2020 Kia Rio interior

2020 Kia Rio vs Hyundai Accent: Design & Features

As a premier Kia dealership, we can admit that we might be a bit biased when suggesting that the new 2020 Kia Rio just looks better than the Hyundai. Of course, looks aren't everything. Standard features like heated mirrors and fully automatic exterior lighting are just a few examples of features that will cost more as upgrades on the Hyundai Accent. Step inside, and you'll see even more advantages.

At first, you may notice some similarities inside these two small cars. The overall passenger space is about the same, and they share a variety of features like steering-wheel audio controls, touchscreen infotainment, and more. However, it won't take long before real differences start making themselves known. The standard touchscreen is just five inches wide in the Hyundai Accent where the Kia Rio starts with a seven-inch touchscreen that's easier to see and use. Turn the audio system on, and the standard six speakers sound much better in the Kia Rio than the standard four-speaker system in the small car from Hyundai. What's more, the standard speed-sensitive volume in the Kia Rio ensures you won't miss a thing when getting on the highway. It's a convenience that you won't find at the start of the Hyundai Accent lineup. Then, there's the advanced Apple and Android smartphone connectivity that's standard in the Kia Rio. This level of connectivity will cost more as an upgrade in the Hyundai Accent.

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Silver Kia Rio zooming down a city street

2020 Kia Rio vs Hyundai Accent: Performance

There once was a time when driving a small car required patience while climbing a hill and nerves of steel when merging with freeway traffic. Fortunately, those days are behind us. Thanks to marvels of modern engineering, you can now enjoy an engaging and responsive drive behind the wheel of a compact car. The new 2020 Kia Rio and its competition from Hyundai are prime examples. They come with virtually the same power, fuel economy, and even suspension systems. In fact, these similarities come through in the driving experience, as well.

However, consider what you're getting for your money. The starting price tags on these two compact cars are quite close. Yet, the 2020 Kia Rio comes standard with an advanced automatic transmission while Hyundai Accent starts out with a stick shift. Upgrading to an automatic transmission will make a big difference in the price tag. We also think you'll find the drive in a new Kia Rio to be more comfortable, quiet, and enjoyable. Of course, your best bet to experience the performance difference between these two compact cars is to swing by our dealership for a test drive.


New Kia Rio depicted with airbags deployed

2020 Kia Rio vs Hyundai Accent: Safety

Just like the small cars of previous generations weren't popular for their performance, they also weren't very safe. Once again, modern advancements in engineering and safety technology has changed all that. We're pleased to report that the Kia Rio and Hyundai Accent are quite safe. They even performed similarly when independent industry authorities subjected them to various crash and safety tests. Though, once again, there are some important differences to be aware of. Of course, it's always safest to avoid a collision in the first place. That's where today's advanced driver assistance technology comes in.


Illustration of Kia Rio sensor readings

2020 Kia Rio vs Hyundai Accent: Driver Assistance

By now, you've probably heard that modern vehicles can detect certain imminent collisions and automatically apply the brakes to reduce, or even avoid, accidents. This is especially helpful when considering the distractions of the modern smartphone. The 2020 Kia Rio and Hyundai Accent are both available with this pre-collision braking technology. However, it's the Kia Rio that goes further to address the dangers of distracted driving.

Above, we mentioned that the Kia Rio comes standard with smartphone connectivity advantages over the Hyundai Accent. More specifically, you'll find standard technology that includes AppleCarPlay®, Android Auto™, and Siri® Eyes Free. That way, you can stay connected without taking your eyes off the road ahead. While similar technology is available in the Hyundai Accent, you'll have to spend substantially more to get it.

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Which Compact Car Offers More Value?

At the start of the lineup, it appears that the Hyundai Accent is a little cheaper, and it is if you don't look beyond the starting MSRP. However, for just a few hundred dollars more for the new 2020 Kia Rio, you'll get an automatic transmission, superior sound system, better technology, and other features that simply provide a better value. This is just a preview of how a new Kia Rio is among the best compact car options on the market today, and we'd love to show you more at Hanson Kia in Olympia, WA.

2020 Kia Rio2020 Hyundai Accent
$15,850Starting MSRP*$15,295
41 Highway / 33 CityGas Mileage w/ Automatic Transmission (MPG)41 Highway / 33 City
120Horsepower120
112 lb.-ft.Torque113 lb.-ft.
IVT Automatic TransmissionTransmissionManual Transmission (Automatic Available)
89.9 cu. ft.Passenger Volume90.2 cu. ft.
StandardHeated Exterior MirrorsAvailable Upgrade
7 in.Standard Touchscreen Size5 in.
6-SpeakerStandard Audio System4-Speaker
StandardApple CarPlay® & Android Auto™Available Upgrade

*"Starting MSRP" is manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP) for base model trim. MSRP excludes destination and handling charges, taxes, title, license, options and dealer charges. Actual prices set by dealer and may vary. Kia Motors reserves the right to make changes at any time as to vehicle availability, destination, and handling fees, colors, materials, specifications, features, accessories, packages and models. See retailer for details.