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Kia Rio

Kia Rio

About Kia Rio

Small and inexpensive, the new 2017 Kia Rio and Rio 5-door prove you can have good fuel economy and a low car payment without feeling like you’ve had to sacrifice everything else on your wish list. These subcompacts offer great design, high style, and a long list of comfort and convenience features once found only on high-end luxury cars. That impressive list of standard and available features, which includes Kia’s UVO infotainment system, power-folding side mirrors and navigation, makes the new Rio a real standout in its segment against such rivals as the Nissan Versa and Chevy Sonic. Kia’s 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty is also standard, and it’s nearly double what is offered by the Honda Fit, Scion iA or Ford Fiesta.

LATEST MODEL
2017 Kia Rio
What's new for 2017?
2017 Kia Rio

The 2017 Kia Rio and Rio 5-door receive few changes this year. Last year’s revised front and rear styling can now be sprayed in some zazzy new colors, including Red and Black on the LX trim. Digital Yellow is off the palette and the 4-door SX trim level has been discontinued.

  • Expert Rating: 8.6
  • Consumers Rating: 8.2
  • MPG 27|36
2016 Kia Rio
What's new for 2016?
2016 Kia Rio

The 2016 Kia Rio and Rio 5-door subcompacts receive revised front and rear styling, minor interior enhancements and an upgraded UVO eServices package. The 6-speed manual transmission is no longer offered on the Rio 5-door, while the SX trim gains the contents of last year’s Premium package.

2015 Kia Rio
What's new for 2015?
2015 Kia Rio

The Kia Rio sedan and Rio 5-door hatchback carry over unchanged for the 2015 model year. In welcome news, so do their price tags.

2014 Kia Rio
What's new for 2014?
2014 Kia Rio

The 2014 Kia Rio and Rio 5 receive only minor enhancements this year. Additional plastic shielding under the car helps improve aerodynamics, while interior upgrades include a new water-temperature gauge. A redesigned Smart Key fob includes a folding key for added convenience.

2013 Kia Rio
What's new for 2013?
2013 Kia Rio

For 2013, Kia offers its Idle Stop and Go (ISG) technology as part of the Rio EX's Eco package. ISG automatically shuts down the engine when stopped and then restarts it once the gas pedal is depressed. Also new are steering-wheel paddle shifters on the Rio SX.

2012 Kia Rio
What's new for 2012?
2012 Kia Rio

The Kia Rio has been completely revamped for 2012 and has an even lower price tag. It's still available as a 4-door sedan, but adds a 5-door hatchback design, both of which sport a new look, a new engine and enough tech-savvy features to make others in its class jealous.

2011 Kia Rio
What's new for 2011?
2011 Kia Rio

With an all-new model coming in 2012, the Kia Rio sees no major changes for 2011.

2010 Kia Rio
What's new for 2010?
2010 Kia Rio

For 2010, the Rio receives a new front end treatment, keeping it inline with the new face of Kia. Changes include a new grille, headlamps and bumper, as well as full body-colored front and rear bumper and color-keyed side moldings. An "EcoMinder" fuel economy indictor light is made standard on all automatics, while Bluetooth, cruise control and integrated side mirror turn signals join the options list.

2009 Kia Rio
What's new for 2009?
2009 Kia Rio

All 2009 Kia Rio models receive an AM/FM/MP3 compatible CD stereo with a three-month trial subscription to SIRIUS Satellite Radio as standard equipment. LX and SX trims add a USB port beside the standard auxiliary audio input jack.

2008 Kia Rio
What's new for 2008?
2008 Kia Rio

A five-door LX model is added to the Rio line (covered in a separate review), while all LX models receive a new auxiliary audio input jack.

2007 Kia Rio
What's new for 2007?
2007 Kia Rio

A new trim, the SX, is added to the lineup and features 15-inch alloy wheels, front fog lights, rear spoiler, sport seats with black mesh inserts and a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob.

Consumer Reviews

Good Car

By on Friday, March 31, 2017

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 58,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
7/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
6/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "Reliability, Maneuverability and Exterior Design"

Cons: "Interior Quality and Suspension."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"Ive had no major issues with my Rio aside from the interior quality. The lever that raises and lowers the drivers seat broke. The paint on the shift knob is peeling. The seat fabric is starting to tear a bit. None of this really surprises me considering the entire interior is very cheaply made. The car was given to me so Im not complaining. The good news is the car mechanically has been flawless. I havent had any problems with the engine, transmission, fuel system, electrical system, brakes, etc. The car is pretty quick and has decent passing power. It handles well and is very easy to park. The suspension is fine on smooth payment, but it becomes uncomfortable on rough roads. The gas mileage is average at best. Not as good as Kia claims. I dont use the Eco mode, it makes the car extremely slow. Overall, Im pleased with the car. Its not perfect by any means, but worth checking out if you like the exterior styling."

4 people out of 4 found this review helpful

Sx with convenience package

By on Thursday, February 2, 2017

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 49,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "value, fast & nimble & power everything"

Cons: "can be bumpy, cabin rattles"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I have owned this vehicle since 2012, It is the Rio5 hatchback, SX with sunroof, keyless entry, Nav. I am very happy with this vehicle, I would have rated the comfort lower since this was fitting with standard 17 alloys with 40 series tire, But since you lumped comfort along with convenience, this bumps the rating up to 8. The vehicle has been 100% reliable mechanically, nimble enough to dodge the pothole, Has decent power, It comes with heated seats & apart from some rattles over these bad NY roads, relatively quiet. Great value, a lot for a little, Looks great & drives well,"

2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

great little car

By on Friday, October 3, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 28,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
7/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
7/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"Drives fine for a small car, handles well. Great gas mileage and can't beat the warranty"

17 people out of 18 found this review helpful

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