How Does the Kia Rio Compare to the Kia Picanto?

April 27th, 2016 by


Is the Kia Picanto Available in the U.S.

Compact cars certainly come in handy, especially in the city, with crowded parking lots and plenty of stop-and-go traffic. Which is why the handling, small size and superior fuel economy of these cars is great for these situations. The Kia Rio and the Kia Forte, for example, are excellent if you’re looking for a slick-handling compact that gets nearly 30 mpg in the city and nearly 40 mpg on the highway.

If you’ve been browsing online or on a Kia forum, you might have seen another compact (or, more accurately, a city car), the Kia Picanto and its specs. The only issue is that it might be hard to find the vehicle in North America. Which is why we’re here to answer the question, “Is the Kia Picanto available in the U.S.?”

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Tech Specs of the Kia Rio vs. Kia Picanto

The Kia Rio is the best-selling model globally for Kia, and the subcompact car is fun, stylish and versatile, with available standard models and 5-door hatchbacks. The Kia Picanto, a micro-sized city car, offers a similar combination of size and features, but it is a smaller car and is not available in the U.S. or in Canada currently. Let’s look at the two side-by-side to see what they come with, and for people in North America to see what they’re missing, if you would like to ask for the Picanto to be available domestically.

2016 Kia Rio
2016 Kia Picanto
27 city, 38 highway
49 city, 74 highway (approx.)
3-Door and 5-Door Models?
65 base, 84 peak
13.4 / 49.8
Cargo Room 3-Door / 5-Door (cubic feet)
30 / 30
Turning Circle (feet)
Curb Weight


Talented Compact

All In Small

The Rio is a larger car than the Picanto with more available HP and cargo room in 5-door models, plus it comes with great fuel economy – it’s a global sales leader for a reason. When you factor in the low starting price, its versatility and space, as well as its fun design features, it’s a great small car.

The Picanto gets better fuel economy and is also a much smaller car.  It also has nice available cargo room, though the figure is the same in both 3-door and 5-door models. We also like how its name means “spicy,” which reminds us of pico de gallo (or – dare we say it – Picanto de gallo), which is also spicy and flavorful.

While we don’t have the Kia Picanto on North American lots as of yet, the Rio is a very nice car for the money and has additional space and HP that the Picanto lacks.

When Will the Kia Picanto be Available in the U.S.?

That’s the million-dollar question.  There are no plans to bring the Picanto to the U.S. right now, but the way smart cars and city cars are gaining in popularity, thanks to their fuel-efficiency and small size which makes it easier to fit into cramped spaces, we could definitely see the Picanto, or something resembling the car, in the U.S. As it stands right now, the Picanto has been a Europe-only release, but is hitting Australia soon.

Of course, if anything changes on this front, we’ll keep you posted right here at the Patterson Kia blog.

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