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2022 Kia Rio

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2.6 (Fair)

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2022 LX 4dr Sedan
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Price:   -  From $16,450
2022 S 4dr Sedan Price:   -  From $17,090
2022 S 4dr Hatchback Price:   -  From $17,390

Overview

What's New

The 2022 Kia Rio sedan and hatchback wear updated badges with Kia's new corporate logo. An anti-theft vehicle immobilizer is now standard on all models. The current Rio debuted in 2018 and received a refresh last year.

Choosing Your Kia Rio

The Rio compact sedan is offered in two trim levels: LX and S. The LX starts at $17,145 including destination, and the S is priced from $17,785. The Rio hatchback comes in S trim only for $18,085.

As Kia's most affordable small car, the Rio offers value-oriented buyers a nice range of features. The ability to choose a hatchback is something you won't find in a Hyundai Accent.

Engine Choices

Every Rio is powered by a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine that manages 120 horsepower and 112 pound-feet of torque. The six-speed automatic transmission sends power to the front wheels. There's no barebones manual-transmission option, something shoppers may have seen at one point in this price range.

As expected, efficiency is a major selling point. The fuel economy of the Rio is EPA-rated at 22 miles per gallon city, 41 mpg highway, and 36 combined. At this price point, you won't find a higher-performance turbo or a fuel-efficient hybrid.

Passenger and Cargo Capacity

The Rio is a subcompact with decent room for five despite its small footprint. The sedan's trunk can hold 13.7 cubic feet, which is also better than expected. The Rio hatchback provides 17.4 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seat, or 32.8 cubic feet with it folded.

Kia Rio

Safety Features

The only standard driver assistance feature on the Rio is the federally mandated rearview camera. To get more, buyers must advance to the S trim and select the expansive Technology Package ($1,800), which contains lane-keeping assist, automatic high beams, a following distance indicator, a driver alertness monitor, and automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection. Oddly enough, neither blind-spot monitoring nor adaptive cruise control is available on the Rio.

Connectivity

The Rio does much better in this department. Every model gets an eight-inch touchscreen, six speakers, a USB port, and wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The S trim carries two USB ports.

Kia Rio

Rio LX — MSRP From $17,145

The LX comes with basics like air conditioning, cloth seats, heated power side mirrors, and power windows and locks. The LX rolls on 16-inch steel wheels with full covers. There are no factory options.

Rio S — MSRP From $17,785

The S adds cruise control, keyless entry, and a split-folding rear seat with adjustable headrests. In addition to its safety upgrades, the Technology Package furnishes LED headlights, satellite radio, a driver info display, automatic climate control, proximity key access, alloy wheels, rear occupant alert, and chrome door handles.

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CarsDirect Tip

We would avoid the 2022 Kia LX sedan, which is too sparsely equipped for consideration, even for an entry-level vehicle. The S is the real base model in our view, but the Technology Package is still needed to make the Rio feel like a complete car.

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Expert Review

Pros

Pros:
- Can be good value
- Extensive warranty
- Large infotainment system
- Rides well

Cons

Cons:
- Zero standard safety features
- Muted styling
- Cramped rear seats
- Tight cargo area

Expert Rating
2.6 (Fair)

Our expert ratings are based on seven comprehensive criteria: quality, safety, comfort, performance, fuel economy, reliability history and value.

You can interpret our ratings in the following way:

: Outstanding vehicle. Only the most exceptional vehicles achieve this rating.

: Very Good vehicle. Very good and close to being the best vehicle in its class.

: Good vehicle. Decent, but not quite the best. Often affordable, but lacking key features found in vehicles of the same class.

: Below average vehicle. Not recommended, and lacking attributes a car buyer would come to expect for the price.

: Poor vehicle. Simply does not deserve to be on the road.

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Can Offer Strong Value. Cheap, simple transportation has disappeared from the market with the rise of SUVs. Luckily, vehicles like the 2022 Kia Rio still exist, though one can only imagine how long they will continue to be on sale. Still, the Rio signifies an affordable way to get around and can be a strong value option in the right trim.

While the Rio is priced more than its competitors with a starting price tag of $17,145 with destination, it comes with more standard features. The subcompact comes standard with an eight-inch touchscreen, wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Bluetooth, a USB port, and six audio speakers. The Rio’s infotainment screen is one of the largest in the class and seeing wireless smartphone compatibility in the segment is a rarity.

Out of the Rio’s small lineup, we think the range-topping S is the best trim. It adds a few more convenience features including keyless entry, cruise control, more USB ports, and split-folding rear seats. The S trim is also the only trim in the lineup to be offered with advanced safety features, but more on that later.

Spacious Hatchback Body. There was a time when all subcompact vehicles were available in both sedan and hatchback body styles. Now, the Rio is one of the few cars in the segment that’s still offered in two body styles.

The Rio sedan offers a small cargo area with just 13.7 cubic feet of cargo space. While that’s a good amount of cargo space for the class, it’s a small amount for people that want to carry anything beyond a few bags of groceries. For extra space, we highly recommend the Rio hatchback. It’s $940 more than the sedan, but brings 17.4 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats and a total of 32.8 cubic feet of cargo space. This is far more usable space that makes the subcompact vehicle more versatile.

Because of the Rio’s size, the cabin isn’t very spacious for adults. There’s plenty of room in the front seats, but the rear seats are tight. This isn’t a dig on the Rio, as every other subcompact has tight seats, too. In both body styles, the Rio offers up to 33.5 inches of rear legroom, which is enough for adults on a short trip.

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Sips Fuel. With a standard 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 120 horsepower, the Rio won’t blow you away with its peppy performance, but it is remarkably efficient. Thanks to a standard CVT, the Rio can get up to 36 mpg combined. These are some of the best fuel economy figures in the subcompact class.

The powertrain does a fine job of getting the Rio around town, but steep hills and overtaking on the highway can be stressful for the driver. The subcompact car does a good job of handling bumps and displays little body roll around corners. Despite being an affordable mode of transportation, the Rio offers spunky handling that’s more enjoyable than its competitors.

Where Are The Safety Features? Subcompact cars are built to fit within a tight budget. We can understand that, but we still expect more from the Rio. The only standard safety feature you’ll find on the Rio is a rearview camera. Beyond that, everything is optional and it’s only available on the range-topping S trim.

The S trim is available with an optional Technology Package that’s priced at $1,800. The package adds forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, lane-keeping assist, lane departure warning, and a driver drowsiness monitor. Most of these features are standard on the Nissan Versa, which is the Rio’s most obvious competitor.

The lack of standard safety features and the Rio’s small list of optional safety features is the subcompact’s largest weakness. Things like blind-spot monitoring, adaptive cruise control, and rear cross-traffic alert aren’t available. That’s a big oversight on Kia’s part and essentially requires drivers to get a fully-loaded Rio if they want to get a few advanced safety features.

Final Thoughts. There aren’t many cheap cars left on sale today, making the 2022 Kia Rio one of the few of its kind. With good fuel economy figures, an intuitive infotainment system, and agile handling, there’s a lot to like with the Rio. Unfortunately, if you’re searching for a spacious subcompact that’s packed with safety features, you’ll want to check out some of the other options.

In terms of competition, the Nissan Versa is only available as a sedan, but it features a large trunk, a relaxed ride, and an extensive list of advanced safety features. It also has a more powerful engine than the Rio and is offered with a manual transmission. The Chevrolet Spark offers a smaller cabin than the Rio and has worse interior materials, but is available with a manual transmission and has agile handling. It’s also far more affordable than the Rio.

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Specs & Features

Highlights
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Not Available
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
1.6L I-4 / 120 HP / 112 ft.lbs.
Transmission
Intelligent Variable Transmission (IVT) 2-spd CVT w/OD
Drive Type
Front-wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Highway/Combined
33 / 41 / 37 Mpg
Passenger Capacity
5
Bumper to Bumper Warranty
60 Months / 60,000 Miles
Mechanical Specs
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
1.6L I-4 / 120 HP / 112 ft.lbs.
Drive Type
Front-wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Hwy/Combined
33 / 41 / 37 Mpg
Brakes
Front Disc/rear Drum
Front Suspension
Strut
Rear Suspension
Semi-independent Torsion Beam Beam
Spare Tire And Wheel
Compact Steel
Fuel Tank
11.9 Gal.
Recommended Fuel Type
Regular Unleaded
Average Cost To Fill Tank
$45
Dimensions & Capabilities
Maximum Cargo Volume
13.7 Cu.ft.
Passenger Volume
90 Cu.ft.
Exterior Length
172.6 "
Exterior Width
67.9 "
Exterior Height
57.1 "
Front Headroom
38.9 "
Rear Headroom
37.4 "
Front Legroom
42.1 "
Rear Legroom
33.5 "
Front Shoulder Room
54.1 "
Rear Shoulder Room
53.3 "
Front Hip Room
Rear Hip Room
Curb Weight
2,767 Lbs.
Wheel Base
102 "
Turning Radius
16.7 '
Exterior Features
Door Count
4 Doors
Wheels
15.0 " Steel
Paint
Clearcoat Monotone / Pearlcoat Monotone
Exterior Mirrors
Dual Power Remote Heated
Bumpers
Body-colored With Black Insert
Grille Moldings
Black
Rear Spoiler
Exhaust
Stainless Steel
Interior Features
Seating
Passenger Capacity
5
Seat Trim
Cloth
Front Seat Type
Bucket
Heated Front Seats
Front Driver Seat Direction Controls
6-way
Front Passenger Seat Direction Controls
4-way
Front Armrests
6-way
Rear Armrests
Rear Seats
Bench
Radio & Infotainment
Radio
Am/fm Stereo, Clock, Seek-scan
Speakers
6
Radio Steering Wheel Controls
Apple Car Play
Android Auto
Bluetooth w/ Hands-Free Connectivity
Convenience Features
Steering Wheel Type
Tilt
Climate Control
Cruise Control
Sun Roof
Rearview Mirror
Day-night / Auto-dimming Day-night
One Touch Open Window
Driver
Tinted Windows
Light
Vanity Mirrors
Remote Keyless Entry
Power Outlets
1
Safety Features
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Overall Front Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Overall Side Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Rollover Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Front Impact Airbags
Driver And Passenger
Driver Side Impact Airbags
Seat Mounted
Knee Airbag
Passenger Side Impact Airbag
Seat Mounted
Rear Side Airbag
Seatbelt Pretensioners
Front
Anti-Lock Brakes
4-wheel Anti-lock Brakes (abs)
Forward Collision Warning
Blind Spot Sensor
Lane Departure Warning
Autonomous Cruise Control
Pedestrian Detection
Driver Attention Alert
Daytime Running Lights
Auto High Beams
Adaptive Headlights
Parking Sensors
Security Systems
Panic Alarm
Ignition Disable
Immobilizer
Warranty
Bumper To Bumper Months Miles
60 Months / 60,000 Miles
Major Components Months
120 Months / 100,000 Miles
Included Maintenance Months
Roadside Assistance Months
60 Months / 60,000 Miles
Corrosion Perforation
60 Months / 100,000 Miles
Accessories Months
60 Months / 60,000 Miles

Used 2022 Kia Rio for Sale

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Kia
S
Color: Gray
Price

$15,288

Mileage

22,175 mi

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STG Auto Group - Garden Grove (30 mi)

Phone: (855) 976-5827
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S 4dr Hatchback
Color: Blue
Price

$15,952

Mileage

8,811 mi

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S
Color: Red
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$17,199

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Phone: (909) 895-4370
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Price

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Mileage

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