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2.6 (Fair)

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Generations

Kia’s smallest vehicle is the Rio, a subcompact model offered in sedan and hatchback body styles. The 2019 Kia Rio offers good value, a spacious interior, and superior safety scores. But the options list is slim and base models lack the active safety tech features available elsewhere.

2018 - 2020 Kia Rio

3/4 Front Glamour 2020 Kia Rio

Major changes included:

The 2018 Kia Rio can be had as either a four-door sedan or a five-door hatchback for a $300 premium. Both options have three trim levels: LX, S or EX. Regardless of configuration, the Rio is powered by an enhanced version of the 1.6-liter four cylinder from the last generation, giving the car a slightly... Read more »

2018 | 2019 | 2020

2012 - 2017 Kia Rio

3/4 Front Glamour 2017 Kia Rio

Major changes included:

The Rio is offered in LX, EX, and SX trim levels. Power comes from a new 138-hp 1.6-liter gasoline direct injection (GDI) four-cylinder engine. A new six-speed manual transmission is standard on the LX. A new six-speed automatic transmission with manual shift mode is standard on the EX and SX trims, and offered on the... Read more »

2012 | 2013 | 2014 | 2015 | 2016 | 2017

2006 - 2011 Kia Rio

3/4 Front Glamour 2011 Kia Rio

Major changes included:

The Kia Rio sedan and five-door hatchback are powered by the same 110-hp, 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine. It's a sophisticated modern engine, complete with dual overhead camshafts and variable valve timing. Safety features that come on all models include front seatbelt pre-tensioners along with six airbags: dual frontal, front seat side-impact and full-coverage side-impact curtain. The... Read more »

2006 | 2007 | 2008 | 2009 | 2010 | 2011

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