Kia Rio Sedan 1

202220212020201920182017Highs Drives like a more expensive oto, pleasant and simple interior, standard wireless smartphone-mirroring features.Lows Cramped rear seat compared to lớn some rivals, lacks cargo space, dorky looks.Verdict With a sophisticated driving experience & solid array of standard features, the Rio offers a lot of oto for not a lot of money.

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By Joey Capparella


The Kia Rio represents cheap, simple transportation at its best. Fuel efficient và inexpensive but with a surprising amount of driving sophistication và features for the price, this subcompact provides good value for the money. It’s available as either a sedan or a hatchbachồng, but neither body toàn thân style has much space in the rear seat or cargo area. Apple CarPlay & Android Aukhổng lồ are standard equipment, & several driver-assistance features are optional. Now that many of its competitors—including the Chevy Sonic, Honda Fit, & Toyota Yaris—have left the marketplace, the Rio is one of the last truly cheap new cars left, & it’s good enough khổng lồ earn a spot on our 2022 Editors" Choice các mục.





What"s New for 2022?

There’s no big news about the Rio line this year. Anti-theft security is improved with a standard engine immobilizer that prevents the oto from being started with anything but the ignition key it came with. The Rio also now features Kia’s redesigned corporate logo sản phẩm, the last mã sản phẩm in the lineup to lớn adopt this emblem.

Pricing & Which One to Buy

We think the several hundred dollars that separates the base Rio LX from the S model is worth the upcharge. The latter adds a center armrest, cruise control, rear USB outlet, split-folding rear seat with adjustable headrests, và keyless entry. The S also has desirable options such as forward-collision warning with automated emergency braking, SiriusXM satellite radio, LED headlights, & more. Since the hatchbaông xã adds more cargo space and slightly better passenger volume, we"d recommover it over the sedan.

Engine, Transmission, and Performance

The Rio is powered by a 1.6-liter inline-four engine with 1trăng tròn horsepower, and the only transmission choice is a continuously variable automatic. It’s not the quickest car on the bloông xã, but a 2021 hatchbachồng Mã Sản Phẩm we tested got to lớn 60 mph in an adequate 8.6 seconds—on par with many subcompact crossovers. More impressively, the Rio soaks up bumps well for such a small car thanks khổng lồ its solid structure & well-tuned suspension. It also does a good job of controlling body toàn thân roll in corners. The numb steering doesn"t communicate as much as we"d prefer, but it is nicely weighted & precise.

Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG

The EPA estimates the Rio sedan & hatchbachồng will earn 33 mpg in the đô thị & 41 on the highway. Those figures are identical lớn the Hyundẻo Accent"s and slightly better than the Nissan Versa"s. In our real-world 75-mph highway fuel economy test, a 2021 Rio hatchbaông xã achieved 39 mpg, some two miles per gallon lower than the EPA highway rating. For more information about the Rio"s fuel economy, visit the EPA"s trang web.

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Interior, Comfort, & Cargo

Simplicity is the name of the game inside the Rio, and that"s not a slight. In fact, it presents a clean, easy-to-use dashboard with climate & audio controls. There is plenty of hard plastic, but it"s nicely textured, and the overall interior appearance is mature & sophisticated for a subcompact. Space in the Kia"s front seats is more than adequate, but rear-seat passengers won"t be nearly as happy due khổng lồ restricted legroom. The Rio hatchbaông chồng provides more space than the sedan"s trunk, but neither Kia is a good choice if you plan on hauling lots of cargo. We were disappointed to lớn find that the folded seats don"t make for a flat load floor in the hatch. Its center console is competitively sized, as are its door pockets.

The Car & Driver Difference

Infotainment & Connectivity

The Rio comes standard with an 8.0-inch touchscreen that offers the lathử nghiệm wireless smartphone-mirroring options for both Apple & Android phones. An upgraded infotainment system is optional on the S tryên màn chơi that adds Kia’s UVO telematics system và SiriusXM satellite radio.

How lớn Buy và Maintain a Car

Safety & Driver-Assistance Features

While it doesn"t have sầu as much driver-assistance technology as some rivals, the Rio is available with forward-collision warning, lane-keep assist, and automated emergency braking. However, base models laông chồng such equipment. For more information about the Rio"s crash-kiểm tra results, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) & Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) websites. Key safety features include:

Available forward-collision warning và automated emergency braking Available lane-departure warning & keep assist

Warranty and Maintenance Coverage

Kia has a well-established reputation for impressive sầu warranty coverage, & the Rio nearly matches its corporate cousin–the Accent–at the top of the segment. However, it doesn"t offer any complimentary maintenance.

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Limited warranty covers five years or 60,000 miles Powertrain warranty covers 10 years or 100,000 miles No complimentary scheduled maintenance

2021 Kia Rio S Hatchback Vehicle Type: front-engine, front-wheel-drive sầu, 5-passenger, 4-door hatchback

PRICEBase/As Tested: $17,985/$20,200 Options: Technology Package, $1800; floor mats, $155; cargo mat with seatbaông xã protection, $115; cargo mat, $95; cargo net, $50

ENGINEDOHC 16-valve sầu inline-4, aluminum blochồng và head, port fuel injection Displacement: 98 in3, 1598 cm3Power: 120 hp
4500 rpm

TRANSMISSIONcontinuously variable automatic/direct-drive

CHASSISSuspension, F/R: struts/torsion beamBrakes, F/R: 11.8-in vented disc/8.0-in drumTires: Continental ProContact TX 185/65R-15 88H M+S

DIMENSIONS Wheelbase: 101.6 inLength: 160.0 inWidth: 67.9 in Height: 57.1inPassenger Volume: 90 ft3 Cargo Volume: 17 ft3 Curb Weight: 2893 lb

C/D TEST RESULTS60 mph: 8.6 sec1/4-Mile: 16.8 sec
83 mph 100 mph: 27.4 secResults above omit 1-ft rollout of 0.3 sec.Rolling Start, 5–60 mph: 9.0 secTop Gear, 30–50 mph: 4.3 secTop Gear, 50–70 mph: 5.9 secTop Speed (C/D est): 1trăng tròn mph Braking, 70–0 mph: 190 ftRoadholding, 300-ft Skidpad: 0.80 g

C/D FUEL ECONOMYObserved: 32 mpg75-mph Highway Driving: 39 mpg Highway Range: 460 mi