2019 Toyota Corolla vs. 2018 Kia Rio

When the first generation of the Toyota Corolla arrived in the United States, it started a chain of events that eventually propelled the efficient compact platform to becoming the best-selling vehicle in history. For the new model year, Toyota carries over everything that has made it such powerhouse within its industry segment. A comparison of the 2019 Toyota Corolla vs. 2018 Kia Rio reveals a few very important reasons why the new Corolla continues to be such a popular option available to buyers. The 2019 Corolla makes more power without much compromise to its fuel economy scores when compared to the 2018 Rio and it offers a more advanced suite of active safety systems versus its Kia rival. Anyone interested in the 2019 Toyota Corolla can schedule a test drive with a Colonial Toyota product expert today by calling, 203-403-6890.
Toyota has always taken care that the Corolla would be among the best-equipped compact sedans in its class. That trend continues for the new model year. The 2019 Toyota Corolla is available in six strongly appointed trim grades, ensuring buyers will be able to find something that will easily fit both their equipment requirements and their budget. One of the most important difference between the 2019 Corolla and the 2018 Kia Rio are the available active safety systems the two manufacturer’s offer. All six trim grades of the new Corolla are outfitted with the Toyota Safety Sense system. This suite of sensors covers the exterior of the Corolla and are designed to help drivers stay safe by avoiding dangerous situations. The 2018 Kia Rio does a have lighter version of this capability, but it isn’t available unless a buyer chooses its top-of-the-line trim version.

2019 Toyota Corolla


2018 Kia Rio

1.8-L, 4-Cyl. Engine 1.6-L, 4-Cyl.
132/128 Horsepower/Torque 130/119
CVT Transmission Six-speed Manual
Yes STD. Safety Systems No

Performance Specs

All 2019 Toyota Corolla models available at the Colonial Toyota showroom start with the same 1.8-liter, four-cylinder engine under the hood, although customers will be able to have their choice of two transmissions, depending on which trim they choose. Most versions of the popular compact sedan will produce 132 horsepower and 128 pound-feet of torque when employing the six-speed manual or continuously variable transmissions. For a little more power, the 2019 Corolla LE Eco uses the same engine and CVT, but it’s tuned differently to make 140 horsepower. People who choose the 2018 Kia will get a naturally aspirated 1.6-liter, four-cylinder engine making 130 horsepower. The Rio also offers a six-speed manual or CVT of its own.
An interior photo of the 2018 Toyota Corolla and its available technology.
A photo of a person buckling up in the 2018 Corolla.
A photo of two people walking past a 2018 Toyota Corolla.
A rear left quarter photo of the 2018 Toyota Corolla.