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Matthew Keegan
Contributing Editor - October 24, 2016

Expert Rating

4.15 (Excellent)
27 City / 36 Highway

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2017 Kia Rio OVERVIEW

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. You also have a choice of sedan and five-door hatchback body styles.

What's New for 2017

Following a significant update in 2016, the 2017 Rio returns largely unchanged. New red and black color choices are available with the LX trim.

Choosing Your Kia Rio

Kia offers the sedan in LX ($14,165) and EX ($17,755) trims. The hatchback is available in LX ($15,495), EX ($17,905), and SX ($20,905) trims.

All 2017 Rios are powered by a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine rated at 138 horsepower and 123 pound-feet of torque. Base sedan models are equipped with a six-speed automatic transmission. The EX sedan and all hatchback models come paired with a six-speed automatic transmission. This model makes an estimated 27 mpg in the city and 36 mpg on the highway.

Both models sit on a 101.2-inch wheelbase. However, the sedan measures 172 inches long overall to the hatchback’s 159.4 inches. The sedan has a 13.7 cubic foot trunk. The hatchback offers 15 cubic feet of standard storage space, expandable to 49.8 cubic feet with the rear seat folded.


All LX models are equipped with 15-inch steel wheels, multi-reflector headlights, body-colored power heated side mirrors, and intermittent windshield wipers. Hatchback models add a rear spoiler.

Inside, the LX has a tilt steering column, a four-speaker audio system, satellite radio, USB ports, an auxiliary jack, two 12-volt outlets, a cargo light, cloth seats, a 60-40 split-folding rear seat, and air conditioning. Hill-start assist control is standard.


Move up a trim and the EX brings in front fog lights and alloy wheels. This model also comes with a tilt and telescopic steering column, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, dual illuminated visor vanity mirrors, and dual map lights. Upgraded cloth seats, power windows, power door locks, cruise control, and Bluetooth connectivity.

Options available at this trim include an upgraded audio system, automatic headlamps, and seat stitching choices.


The SX trim is the sporty version of this subcompact and is available only on the hatchback.

This model comes with projection headlights, LED positioning lights, front fog lights, LED taillights, and 17-inch alloy wheels. Power-folding outside mirrors with turn-signal indicators and a power tilt and slide sunroof are also included.

Interior upgrades include push-button start, a UVO2 infotainment system, a rearview camera, upgraded instrumentation, metal pedals, leather seats, heated front seats, and navigation.

CarsDirect Tip

The Rio 5-Door SX is our choice for this small model as it offers such amenities uncommon to the segment, including heated side mirrors with turn signal indicators, leather seats, and sporty embellishments. Incentives should lower your final cost to $20,000.

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