Kia Rio Overview

Pricing Insider Update
Must-know advice before you buy, by Matthew Keegan:
  • 2017 Rio is hard to find on dealer lots
  • Incentive: $2,000 cash back
  • Finance: 0.0% APR for 60 months + $500 back
  • Lease: No current advertised offers
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How to Choose: Options, Packages & Styles

Kia’s smallest model is a great value and usually comes with incentives. Often overlooked because of its size, the Kia Rio supplies a roomy interior, excellent fuel economy, and an overall low cost of ownership.... Read more »

Expert Review: Our Take

The 2017 Kia Rio uses a proven formula: take a solid – if unexciting – base, wrap it in attractive sheet metal, and focus on providing a few crowd-pleasing features at a low MSRP. The... Read more »

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The Kia Rio's early years—following a 2001 introduction—were marred by unreliability, cheap materials and poor construction. And while a 2006 redesign brought a noticeable improvement in quality and dependability, powertrain choices still lagged behind the competition.

The Korean-built subcompact truly hit its stride in 2012. The third-generation Rio, available as a sedan or hatchback, quickly earned a reputation as one of the most affordable and well-constructed cars in its class. It's no wonder that the Rio has become a popular alternative to Japanese and American rivals.

2012 - 2017 Kia Rio
3/4 Front Glamour 2017 Kia Rio Major changes included:

Kia fully redesigned the Rio in 2012. The revisions on the exterior were dramatic, pushing the compact Rio closer to its higher-end competitors. The cabin also received a nice refresh that included the use of more upscale materials and fewer hard plastics. Kia also pushed the standard 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine to new heights, squeezing out 138 horsepower and 123 pound-feet of torque -- a 28-horsepower and 16-pound-foot gain. A six-speed manual transmission was standard and a six-speed automatic was optional.

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2006 - 2011 Kia Rio
3/4 Front Glamour 2011 Kia Rio Major changes included:

The second-generation Rio is powered by a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine. The LX trim adds power steering, air conditioning, and a CD player on top of the Base features. The SX trim adds a few aesthetic touches such as alloy wheels and leather-wrapped steering wheel. The Rio is also available in hatchback form, called the Rio5.

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