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The Kia Rio is offered in a stylish sedan or 5-door hatchback configuration. It features high standards not traditionally found in a small car. A sporty personality, impressive fuel economy, and high level of safety take priority in its design.

The Rio is offered in LX, EX, and SX (hatchback only) trim levels. Power comes from a 138-hp 1.6-liter gasoline direct injection (GDI) four-cylinder engine. Depending on trim level, either a six-speed manual transmission, or a six-speed automatic transmission with manual shift mode is offered. Available features include a push button ignition, power folding exterior mirrors, heated seats, idle stop and go (ISG), rearview camera, UVO audio infotainment system, navigation, heated steering wheel, power sunroof, projection headlights, and LED taillights. Standard safety features include six airbags, four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes, electronic stability control with brake and hill start assist, and traction control.

The SX sedan trim has been discontinued for 2017.


The Kia Rio subcompact remains strong on value but it hasn't kept up with the times.Offered in four-door sedan and five-door hatchback form, Kia Rio promises good gas mileage and an attractive base price.For a modestly priced car, it's quite stylish, but buyers need to expect a few compromises.

The 2017 Kia Rio is the third generation of the model launched as a 2012.Little has changed since.A rearview camera is an option on 2017 Kia Rio models and there are some new colors.Otherwise, the 2017 Rio is a carryover from 2016.

Its direct-injected four-cylinder engine makes the Rio competent but far from quick, producing 138 horsepower and 123 pound-feet of torque.Most models come with a 6-speed automatic transmission, though the base Rio LX sedan offers a 6-speed manual gearbox.Fuel economy varies only slightly by transmission or trim level, EPA-rated at 30 or 31 mpg Combined city and highway.

As for safety, the Kia Rio trails its competition, with relatively weak crash-test results.Federal testers with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave it a four-star (out of five) overall rating.Furthermore, back-seat occupants risk increased injury if a side-impact collision should occur.That's because the left rear door could intrude further into the seat area than is acceptable, raising the chance of thoracic injury.Results also were mixed in crash-testing by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, which gave the Rio a variety of ratings: Marginal, Acceptable, and Good.A rearview camera is an option.

Not many cars lack standard power locks and windows anymore, but the base Rio LX sedan is one of them.They're available as options, or by moving up to an EX edition.Only the EX sedan comes standard with a satisfying selection of comfort/convenience amenities.

An Eco package ($600) or a Designer package ($750) may be added, but not both.The Eco group includes a rearview camera and stop/start technology, allowing the engine to shut off at stoplights as a fuel-saving measure.The Designer package adds leather-trimmed cloth seats and contrast stitching, as well as a rearview camera.Neither a sunroof nor heated seats are available.


Rio LX sedan ($14,165) comes with a manual transmission, as well as 15-inch steel wheels, heated power mirrors, four-speaker audio, satellite radio, woven cloth seat trim, and air conditioning.An optional automatic transmission is available ($15,395).Rio LX hatchback ($16,390) includes the automatic transmission.(Prices are MSRP and do not include destination charge.)

Rio EX sedan ($17,755) gets the automatic transmission, along with a rearview camera, power windows/locks, UVO2 infotainment, a 4.3-inch touchscreen, Bluetooth connectivity, upgraded kit cloth seats, soft-touch dashboard pad, chrome grille surround, foglamps, and 15-inch alloy wheels.Rio EX hatchback ($18,800) is equipped similar to EX sedan.

Rio SX hatchback ($21,800) comes with a rearview camera, keyless ignition, sport-tuned suspension, and 7-inch touchscreen.


The Rio five-door hatch is shapely, and the Rio sedan looks better-proportioned than many short subcompact four-door models, including the Ford Fiesta.A European tone is evident, blending with the car's crisp body lines.It looks rakish for a Kia, helped by angled creases within the bodysides.Designers managed to convey something close to a hot hatch look, by way of the swept-back headlights, contrasting grille, and rounded tail.


To no one's surprise, the Rio cabin feels cramped, yet it's better than might be expected.Headroom in the back seat is definitely tight, which is inevitable because of the car's stylish but abruptly swooping roofline.Despite its econocar status, overall cabin flair, augmented by soft-touch surfaces in some areas, suggests a more expensive premium model.

The hatchback stands out for versatility, while functionality of the sedan is a strong point.Seats contain proper bolstering, with front cushions that are comparatively long for a subcompact.Seats in the sportier Rio SX are bolstered even more, but the difference is minimal.

Traditional-type toggle switches operate the climate-control system.Unlike the cabins of some smaller cars, the Rio doesn't come across as jarring or excessive.

For brief trips, at least, a Rio can hold five adults.It's best with two, of course.Sound-deadening foam, added for the 2016 model year, helps keep noises at bay.Two-tone interior-trim treatments look quite nice.

Rear pillars of the five-door hatchback have substantial blind spots, making a rearview camera especially desirable.Total interior space is 7 cubic feet smaller than you'd get in a Honda Fit, and trails Nissan Versa by 3 cubic feet.

Cargo space in the Rio hatchback comes to 15 cubic feet, whereas the sedan's trunk holds 13.7 cubic feet.

Driving Impression

As long as expectations are modest and realistic, the Kia Rio should prove wholly adequate for daily transportation tasks.Considering its price, it performs appropriately.

Only one weakness is evident: a bumpy, jarring ride when rolling through imperfect pavement surfaces.Steering isn't weighted as well as in a Ford Fiesta, and can feel a bit numb.Yet, in ordinary driving on the road, a Rio feels acceptably composed.In fact, Kia's subcompact handles rather well, considering its short wheelbase, small size, and basic suspension design.

Kia's engine works quietly, hardly noticed in everyday driving.The automatic transmission has gears nicely spaced to deliver peak performance, as long as you don't expect spirited responses.Acceleration to 60 mph, after all, takes about 10 seconds, putting it among the slowest cars on the road.Pushing the Active Eco button deadens the gas pedal a bit, to improve fuel-efficiency (while making it slower still).

Though less thrifty than some class rivals, the Rio gets reasonably good fuel economy.With the six-speed automatic transmission, the Rio is EPA-rated at 27/36 mpg City/Highway, or 30 mpg Combined.Manual shift, available only in the LX sedan, is EPA-rated just a tad higher, at 31 mpg Combined.That same estimate goes to the Eco edition of the EX, which lacks several external body elements and substitutes steel wheels for the regular alloy versions.


Among the most affordable cars today, the Rio isn't among the best.In addition to weak packaging of options, safety scores are a major deficit.Lack of power door locks and windows give the LX sedan a sort of offbeat retro ambiance, but at least it's air conditioned.Rio EX and SX models are more appropriate for the vast majority of buyers.Best Rio benefits are the excellent warranty and likely the actual price.

Driving impressions by Aaron Cole, The Car Connection.James M.Flammang contributed to this report.

ABS Brakes
Air Conditioning
Air filtrationInterior air filtration
Driver AirbagYes
Head airbagsCurtain 1st and 2nd row
Passenger AirbagYes
Audio System
Antenna TypeIntegrated roof
Digital Audio InputYes
In-Dash CDSingle
Memory Card SlotYes
MP3 playerYes
RadioSiriusXM AM/FM/Satellite
Satellite RadioSiriusXM
Speed Sensitive Volume ControlYes
Surround AudioYes
Total Number of Speakers4
Braking assistBraking assist
Front brakesVentilated disc
Child Safety
Child safety locksManual
Fabric TypeCloth
Fabric Type 2Plastic
Fabric Type 3Cloth
Fabric Type 4Carpet
Roof typeFixed roof
Comfort Features
Cargo area lightCargo area light
Dash trimMetal-look/piano black
Floor matsCarpet front and rear
Shift knob trimUrethane
Steering wheel trimUrethane
Convenience Features
12V DC power outlet2
Audio controls on steering wheelAudio controls
Cargo Grocery Bag HolderYes
Center ConsoleFull with storage
CupholdersFront and rear
Door pocketsDriver and passenger
Power steeringSpeed-proportional electric power steering
Remote trunk releaseMechanical
Retained accessory powerRetained accessory power
Seatback storage2
Steering wheelTilt-adjustable
Front Head Room1,015 mm
Front Hip Room1,323 mm
Front Leg Room1,112 mm
Front Shoulder Room1,350 mm
Front track1,519 mm
Overall height1,455 mm
Overall Length4,370 mm
Overall Width1,720 mm
Rear Head Room955 mm
Rear Hip Room1,301 mm
Rear Leg Room790 mm
Rear Shoulder Room1,324 mm
Rear track1,524 mm
Wheelbase2,570 mm
left rear passenger door typeConventional
Rear door typeTrunk
right rear passenger door typeConventional
Driver Seat
Height AdjustableManual
Manual Adjustments6
Axle ratio4.06
Driven WheelsFront-wheel
Compression Ratio11.00 : 1
Displacement97 cm^3
Engine ConfigurationInline
Fuel TypeRegular unleaded
Horse Power137 hp
Max RPM6,300 RPM
Max Torque RPM4,850 RPM
Size1.6 L
Torque167 Nm
Total Valves16
TypeRegular unleaded
Valve GearDOHC
Variable Valve TimingVariable valve timing
Vehicle EmissionsULEV II
Exterior Features
Fuel Consumption
City8.8 L/100 km
Combined7.8L/100 km
Highway6.6 L/100 km
Driven WheelsFront-wheel
Engine Size1.6 L
Fuel TypeRegular unleaded
Number of CylindersI-4
Trans Speeds - VA6
Trans Type - VAManual
Adjustable Front HeadrestsManual w/tilt
Adjustable rear headrestsManual adjustable
Number of rear headrests2
ClockIn-radio display
External tempExternal temperature display
Low fuel levelLow fuel level
Trip computerTrip computer
Daytime running lightsDaytime running lights
2-Stage unlocking2-stage unlocking
Power door locksPower door locks
Driver mirror adjustmentPower remote
Heated driver mirrorHeated
Heated passenger mirrorHeated
Passenger mirror adjustmentPower remote
Vanity mirrorsDual vanity mirrors
Passenger Seat
Manual Adjustments4
Rear Seats
FoldingFold forward seatback
Safety and Performance for CarsProd
Antilock Brakes4-wheel
Four-wheel antilock brakesFour-wheel antilock brakes
Head airbagHead airbag
Side airbagSide airbag
Stability controlStability control
Traction controlTraction control
Rear center seatbelt3-point belt
Seatbelt pretensionersFront
Front seat typeBucket
seating capacity5
Total Seating Capacity5
engine immobilizerEngine immobilizer
Stability and Traction
Stability controlYes
Traction controlABS and driveline
Front Spring TypeCoil
Front Stabilizer BarRegular
Front Suspension ClassificationIndependent
Front suspension typeStrut
Rear Spring TypeCoil
Rear Suspension ClassificationSemi-independent
Rear Suspension TypeTorsion beam
stabilizer barFront
Speed RatingT
Width185 mm
Towing and Hauling
Cargo tie downsCargo tie downs
Manual / automaticManual
Number of speeds6
Transmission Hill HolderTransmission hill holder
Truck Features
Door reinforcementSide-impact door beam
basic distance100,000 km
basic months60 months
drivetrain distance100,000 km
drivetrain months60 months
roadside distanceUnlimited km
roadside months60 months
rust distanceUnlimited km
rust months60 months
Weights and Capacities
Cargo capacity, all seats in place389 L
Curb weight1,252 kg
EPA interior volume2,503 L
Fuel Capacity43 L
Ground clearance140 mm
Max cargo capacity389 L
Turning radius5 m
Rim TypeNone steel
Wheel CoversFull wheel
Front wipers - intermittentVariable intermittent
One-touch windows1
Power windowsPower windows
Privacy glassLight
Rear defoggerRear defogger
Body ExteriorStd.Opt.
Heated door mirrors
Power door mirrors
Convenience FeaturesStd.Opt.
1-touch down
1-touch up
Driver door bin
Driver vanity mirror
Front beverage holders
Passenger door bin
Passenger vanity mirror
Power windows
Rear beverage holders
Tilt steering wheel
Entertainment FeaturesStd.Opt.
CD player
MP3 decoder
Steering wheel mounted audio controls
Lighting, Visibility and InstrumentationStd.Opt.
Outside temperature display
Rear window defroster
Trip computer
Variably intermittent wipers
Variable intake manifold
Variable valve control
Safety and SecurityStd.Opt.
4 wheel disc brakes
ABS brakes
Brake assist
Dual front impact airbags
Dual front side impact airbags
Electronic stability
Ignition disable
Occupant sensing airbag
Overhead airbag
Traction control
Seats and TrimStd.Opt.
Split folding rear seat
Front anti-roll bar
Front wheel independent suspension
Power steering
Speed-sensing steering

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