When you compare the 2018 Kia Rio vs. the 2018 Hyundai Accent, which is best? Well, before we get to the answer, let’s be clear about something: The Rio and the Accent are built on the same platform and share a lot of hardware. This is because the Kia and Hyundai brands both are owned by the Hyundai Motor Company. It’s like the way the Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra are similar under the skin, since both of their brands are owned by GM.
As for the Rio and the Accent, there’s at least one major difference. The Rio is available as either a sedan or a five-door hatchback, while the Accent is offered only as a sedan. Nor is that the only way to tell them apart.; the Rio and Accent have some noticeable differences that we'll detail.