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City mpg:
29
Highway mpg:
37

Actual rating will vary with options, driving conditions, habits and vehicle condition.

2018 Kia Rio Sedan Overview

The standard features of the Kia Rio LX include Gamma 1.6L I-4 130hp engine, 6-speed manual transmission with overdrive, 4-wheel anti-lock brakes (ABS), side seat mounted airbags, curtain 1st and 2nd row overhead airbags, airbag occupancy sensor, air conditioning, 15" steel wheels, ABS and driveline traction control, electronic stability, power locks.

2018 Kia
Rio Sedan

Starting at: $13,900

  • Manufacturer Offer

    Financing Offer : $1,000 cash back and 1.9% APR for 60 months on select Kia Rio models

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    Applies to select new 2018 Kia Rio.

    * Disclaimer(s)

    • Truth in Lending Act Disclosure: Down payment will vary with APR and credit. For example, 1.9% APR with $2,500 down payment provides for 60 monthly payments of $17.48 per $1000 financed for qualified buyers. 1.9% for a term of 24 months corresponds to a monthly cost of $42.5 per $1000 financed. 1.9% for a term of 36 months corresponds to a monthly cost of $28.6 per $1000 financed. 1.9% for a term of 39 months corresponds to a monthly cost of $26.46 per $1000 financed. 1.9% for a term of 42 months corresponds to a monthly cost of $24.63 per $1000 financed. 1.9% for a term of 48 months corresponds to a monthly cost of $21.65 per $1000 financed. 2.9% for a term of 66 months corresponds to a monthly cost of $16.41 per $1000 financed. 3.9% for a term of 72 months corresponds to a monthly cost of $15.6 per $1000 financed. The rates described are for estimation purposes only; you may not be able to finance at this rate.

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  • Manufacturer Offer

    $1,000 cash back on select Kia Rio models

    * Read full offer details
    Applies to select new 2018 Kia Rio.

    * Disclaimer(s)

    • Cash back from Kia Motors America, Inc (KMA). Must take delivery from a participating dealer and from retail stock from 5/1/2018 - 5/31/2018. Cash back offer when you purchase a new car only and may not be combined with Special Low APR and Special Lease offers. This incentive is for a limited time offer on eligible Kia vehicles. Not all incentive programs are compatible. See dealer for details.

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Specifications

  • Air conditioning
  • Tilt steering wheel
  • Driver vanity mirror
  • Passenger vanity mirror
  • Front beverage holders
  • Rear beverage holders
  • Driver door bin
  • Passenger door bin
  • AM/FM radio - SiriusXM
  • Steering wheel mounted audio controls
  • Speakers - 4
  • 1st row LCD monitors - 1
  • Primary LCD size - 5.0"
  • Basic warranty - 60 months/60,000miles
  • Powertrain warranty - 120 months/100,000miles
  • Corrosion perforation warranty - 60 months/100,000miles
  • Roadside assistance coverage - 60 months/60,000miles
  • Max seating capacity - 5
  • Front seats - bucket
  • Rear seats - bench
  • Split folding rear seat
  • Engine displacement - 1.6 L
  • Engine horsepower - 130hp @ 6,300RPM
  • Engine torque - 119 lb.-ft. @ 4,850RPM
  • Engine bore x stroke - 77.0mm x 85.4mm (3.03" x 3.36")
  • Compression ratio - 11.00 to 1
  • Exterior length - 4,384mm (172.6")
  • Exterior body width - 1,725mm (67.9")
  • Exterior height - 1,450mm (57.1")
  • Wheelbase - 2,581mm (101.6")
  • Turning radius - 5.1m (16.7')
  • Front legroom - 1,069mm (42.1")
  • Rear legroom - 851mm (33.5")
  • Front headroom - 988mm (38.9")
  • Rear headroom - 950mm (37.4")
  • Front hiproom - 1,344mm (52.9")
  • Rear hiproom - 1,331mm (52.4")
  • Front shoulder room - 1,374mm (54.1")
  • Rear shoulder room - 1,354mm (53.3")
  • Passenger volume - 2,546L (89.9 cu.ft.)
  • Interior cargo volume - 388 L (14 cu.ft.)
  • Interior maximum cargo volume - 388 L (14 cu.ft.)
  • Rear cargo - trunk
  • Bumpers - body-color
  • Engine liters - 1.6
  • Cylinder configuration - I-4
  • Horsepower - 130hp @ 6,300RPM
  • Torque - 119 lb.-ft. @ 4,850RPM
  • Number of valves - 16
  • Variable valve control
  • Variable intake manifold
  • Engine location - front
  • Recommended fuel - Regular Unleaded
  • Transmission - 6 speed manual
  • Drive type - front-wheel
  • Fuel economy combined - 32mpg
  • Fuel tank capacity - 11.9gal.
  • Fuel economy city - 29mpg
  • Fuel economy highway - 37mpg
  • ABS brakes
  • Brake assist
  • Dual front impact airbags
  • Dual front side impact airbags
  • Overhead airbag
  • Occupant sensing airbag
  • Ignition disable
  • Electronic stability
  • Traction control
  • Adjustable head restraints - driver and passenger w/tilt
  • Front wheel independent suspension
  • Front anti-roll bar
  • Power steering
  • Speed-sensing steering
  • Front tires - 185/65TR15.0
  • Rear tires - 185/65TR15.0
  • Wheel size - 15"
  • Fully automatic headlights
  • Variably intermittent wipers
  • Rear window defroster
  • Display - analog
  • Tachometer
  • Outside temperature display
  • Low tire pressure warning
  • Trip computer

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  MSRP Engine Transmission City/Hwy mpg
LX 2018 Kia Rio Sedan LX Search New $13,900   130-hp 1.6L 4-cyl  6-spd man.  29 / 37  
LX 2018 Kia Rio Sedan LX Search New $14,990   130-hp 1.6L 4-cyl  6-spd auto  28 / 37  
S 2018 Kia Rio Sedan S Search New $16,100   130-hp 1.6L 4-cyl  6-spd auto  28 / 37  
EX 2018 Kia Rio Sedan EX Search New $18,400   130-hp 1.6L 4-cyl  6-spd auto  28 / 37  

Reviews

Driving Impression

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Compared to the outgoing Rio, the 2018 versions are a lot more livable. Despite ranking as a budget-focused car, the latest Rio performs better, with greater response at lower speeds. Power might be comparatively modest, but it’s delivered in a more immediate manner.

Essentially, the Rio makes good use of its available energy, eagerly infusing a touch of spirit into road behavior. Even its sounds are pleasant ones.

Though adequate, Kia’s 6-speed automatic transmission can be indecisive. Still, it does an admirable job of keeping the small engine behaving with peak efficiency. A Sport button causes the transmission to hold each gear longer, which inevitably hurts fuel economy.

Also improved is ride quality, which is impressively composed, despite use of the same basic suspension as before – which earned subpar evaluation. Revised spring and damper settings have made the suspension more compliant, able to subdue more pavement roughness.

Steering feel also has improved. So has its accuracy, though these benefits are somewhat overshadowed by unusually light weight at the steering wheel. Whether all-disc (in EX) or with rear drums, brakes feel confident, though hard stops yield some nosedive.

Regardless of transmission, the 2018 Rio is relatively fuel efficient. Equipped with automatic, the Rio is EPA-rated at 28/37 mpg City/Highway, or 32 mpg Combined. Manual-shift Rios reduce the City figure by just 1 mpg.

Walk Around

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Conservative in styling, yet sleeker than its predecessor, the 2018 Kia Rio shows cleaner body lines than its rather dowdy predecessor, especially in hatchback form. Sheetmetal creases are sharper. Front ends are a little taller than before, wearing a more upright tiger nose grille.

Foglamps have moved outward, making the Rio look wider. Windshield pillars are more upright. Dimensions have increased, but only slightly.

On both body styles, designers opened up the lower front bumper, resulting in a more expressive face. Headlights sit higher, reaching further back into the front fenders. Wheels have been pushed out toward the corners, shrinking the previously-excessive overhangs. Hatchback rear ends, in particular, look the best, avoiding the sedan’s blanked-out rear quarter window.

Interior Overview

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Quiet and comfortable for adults, the Rio’s cabin is significantly improved. According to the EPA, the Rio again qualifies as a compact car, in terms of interior space. Cabin details also suggest a move upward in class.

Improved quietness results from greater use of adhesives in the chassis, according to Kia, helping to subdue road and tire sounds.

Front seats are comfortable and adequately (but thinly) padded. Only the driver’s seat adjusts up/down.

Back seats are surprisingly spacious as well as comfortable. Even taller adults can typically sit behind another adult without feeling too cramped. Two passengers fit best, but for shorter trips, three teenagers aren’t likely to complain about squeezing.

Sitting relatively low and more upright than before, the Rio dashboard contains a thoughtfully-considered central touchscreen. In EX models, the 7.0-inch touchscreen works with UVO3, the latest version of Kia’s slick-operating infotainment system. Prompt responses and natural swiping action mean UVO3 outperforms several competitors.

Cargo volume again totals 13.7 cubic feet in sedans. Hatchbacks offer 17.4 cubic feet with seatbacks upright (a gain of 2). Folding the seatback expands that space to 32.8 cubic feet. Hatchback openings have widened.

Summary

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The Kia Rio comes modestly equipped in base trim, though fitted with a fine infotainment system. Step-up models add quite a few desirable features. The price starts climbing, however.

Driving impressions by The Car Connection. James M. Flammang contributed to this report.

Model Lineup

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Rio LX sedan ($13,900) and hatchback ($14,200) come with cloth seats, manual windows, air conditioning, satellite radio, steering-wheel audio controls, 15-inch steel wheels, and manual transmission. Also available is LX automatic sedan ($14,990) and hatchback ($15,290). (Prices are MSRP and do not include $895 destination charge.)

Rio S sedan ($16,100) and hatchback ($16,400) add a rearview camera, cruise control, 5.0-inch display, remote keyless entry, Bluetooth connectivity, power windows, and a split-folding rear seat. A 6-speed automatic transmission is standard. Rio EX sedan ($18,400) and hatchback ($18,700) upgrade to UVO3 infotainment with a 7.0-inch touchscreen, rear disc brakes, 15-inch alloy wheels, a 3.5-inch information screen, embossed cloth seat trim, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob. Autonomous emergency braking is standard.

A Launch Edition package ($500) includes leather inserts in the seats.

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