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2021 Kia Seltos orange driving through snowy pass

Great Kia Models for First Time Car Buyers

The process of buying a car is so much easier and simpler than it used to be. At Lethbridge Kia, we have a team of friendly salespeople that are ready to help you relax into the process of buying a car. If this is your first time buying a car, Lethbridge Kia is the place to go.

Kia has a lot of great vehicles in its lineup, but some are better for first time car buyers than others. The Kia Seltos, Kia Soul, and Kia Rio are inexpensive and compact, and all three are filled with fun technology anyone will be able to appreciate. These three models are great for college students, commuters, young couples and families that don’t need too much cargo space or seats. The chart below uses new 2020 and 2021 model year information for the purposes of comparison only, as some figures change over time.

Kia Seltos

Kia Soul

Kia Rio

$22,995 Starting MSRP $21,195 Starting MSRP $18,045 Starting MSRP
8.2L CTY/7.1L HWY/7.6L COM (per 100km) 9.4L CTY/7.6L HWY/8.7L COM (per 100km) 7.2L CTY/5.9L HWY/6.6L COM (per 100km)
2.0L I4 Engine with 147 Horsepower 2.0L I4 Engine with 147 Horsepower 1.6L I4 Engine with 120 Horsepower
Android Auto™, Apple CarPlay®, Bluetooth® Connectivity, and More Android Auto™, Apple CarPlay®, Bluetooth® Connectivity, and More Android Auto™, Apple CarPlay®, Bluetooth® Connectivity, and More

Model Comparison Analysis

These three vehicles represent three different kinds of vehicle. The Kia Seltos fits right into the current craze for crossover SUVs, but in the smallest form factor. The Kia Soul is also a crossover SUV, but its unique boxy shape expresses a more artistic taste or eccentricity. The Kia Rio is unmistakably a sedan, making it a classic that can survive all the fads in design while silently delivering superior fuel economy.

Which Kia Vehicle Should I Buy?

Kia Seltos: Ideal for small families who know they want room for cargo. There are plenty of entertainment options and unique features due to the 2021 model year being the first model year of the Seltos.

Kia Soul: The Soul is great for small families as well, but its rectangular shape makes it stick out. The design is trendy and attracts younger drivers like college students not only because of its look, but also because it can carry more cargo than most subcompacts.

Kia Rio: If all you need is four wheels to get you around town or over long stretches of highway, the Kia Rio is one of the best options. You can also explore the 5-door version of the Rio which is a hatchback if you want more cargo space without having to give up fuel economy.

2020 Kia Seltos yellow parked in front of green doors
2020 Kia Rio interior high view of front cabin
2021 Kia Seltos parked back end open seats folded down