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2016 Kia Rio 5-door

At a Glance

Pricing $15,495 - $20,905
Drive Types FWD
Engines 1.6l I4
Transmissions A6
Fuel Economy 27 (city), 36 (highway)

Our Ratings

Velocity Index 53

Overview Information

The Rio is a small front-wheel-drive car that serves as Kia's entry-level model in the United States. Available in a four-door sedan and a 5-door hatch, the Rio uses its smaller proportions and advanced powertrain technologies to achieve fuel economy ratings of up to 29/37. Similar in size to the Ford Fiesta and Chevrolet Sonic, the Rio 5-door is over 10 inches shorter than Kia's next model, the Forte. Like other models in the segment, the Rio advertises a low starting price, but omits common conveniences. The Rio does however include 4-wheel disc brakes on all models, which are commonly omitted in this segment to save cost. The Rio EX with the optional Convenience package includes all power equipment, the UVO infotainment system, alloy wheels, and a backup camera for about $18,000. The handsomely styled Rio may be one of the best values on the market.

Official Word:

Chicago's gleaming skyline and indie rock music were the backdrops today as Kia Motors America (KMA) pulled the wraps off the 2016 Rio Sedan at the Chicago Auto Show. Making its global debut alongside the previously introduced Rio 5-Door (Paris, 2014), these two modern and dynamic subcompacts are the entry points into KMA's ever-expanding lineup of award-winning cars and CUVs. Refreshed inside and out for the 2016 model year, the pair offer sporty European design cues...Read.

Model/Trim/Package Engine MPG VjI Base Price
Rio 5-door LX 1.6l I4 (138-bhp) A6 FWD 27/36/31 47 $15,495
Rio 5-door EX 1.6l I4 (138-bhp) A6 FWD 27/36/31 47 $17,905
Rio 5-door SX 1.6l I4 (138-bhp) A6 FWD 27/36/31 53 $20,905