What are the Differences Between the Kia Rio and Forte Hatchbacks?

By Product Expert | Posted in Comparisons, Kia Forte, Kia Rio on Thursday, August 16th, 2018 at 2:17 pm
2018 Kia Rio 5-Door vs 2018 Kia Forte5

2018 Kia Rio 5-Door Hatchback vs 2018 Forte5 Hatchback

Kia has 2 hatchback models in their current catalog of vehicles. Those 2 hatchbacks are variations of Kia’s 2 compact sedans. Therefore, it takes the Kia Rio and turns it into the Kia Rio 5-Door and transforms the Kia Forte into the Kia Forte5.

With only 2 hatchbacks, it’s easy to clearly go over the differences between these models. Therefore, that’s what we’d like to do today with the most recent Kia hatchback models. It’s the 2018 Kia Rio 5-door vs the 2018 Kia Forte5. What are the differences and which is the superior Kia hatchback?

2018 Kia Rio 5-Door hatchback exterior shot red paint job with headlights on and a city of lights in the background

Kia Rio 5-Door

2018 Kia Forte5 hatchback exterior rear shot blue paint job parked on an open, foggy clearing

Kia Forte5

2018 Kia Rio 5-Door and 2018 Kia Forte5 Comparison

Model 2018 Kia Rio 5-Door 2018 Kia Forte5
Starting MSRP $14,200 $18,300
Baseline Engine 1.6L Inline 4 2L Inline 4
Horsepower 130 164
Torque (lb-ft) 119 151
Standard Transmission 6-Speed Manual 6-Speed Automatic
Combined Fuel Economy (mpg) 32 28
Fuel Tank Capacity (gal.) 11.9 13.2
Maximum Cargo Capacity (ft3) 32.8 56.4
Seating Capacity 5 5


As with their sedan counterparts, we can see the Forte5 as an upgrade over the Rio 5-door. When compared to the 2018 Kia Rio 5-door, the 2018 Kia Forte5 has more power, more cargo and cabin space, a larger fuel tank, and a standard automatic transmission. However, this does, of course, necessitate an increase in price. Are the features of the Kia Rio hatchback enough for you or is the more spacious and powerful Kia Forte5 more your style?

2018 Kia Rio Trim Level Pricing Options

Test Drive a Rio and Forte5 Hatchback in Schenectady, NY

Come learn more, explore, and test drive any Kia model we have in stock here at the Fuccillo Kia of Schenectady dealership. All you need to do to start is give our staff a call and we’ll be happy to assist. The Fuccillo Kia of Schenectady dealership is located in Schenectady, New York within Schenectady County.


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