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Kia Rio
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Base MSRP price range:
$13,900 - $18,090
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Car Type: Subcompact cars (Automatic transmission)
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Kia Rio Overview

The Rio comes as a sedan or hatchback and is a corporate cousin of the Hyundai Accent. Power comes from a 138-hp, 1.6-liter four-cylinder mated to a six-speed automatic, unusual for a subcompact. Fuel economy of 29 mpg overall with our automatic-equipped hatchback isn't stellar for the class. The sedan version returned 30 mpg. The Rio feels solid compared with some other subcompacts, and its stiff ride and noisy cabin are typical of the genre, but not unbearable. Higher trim models offer amenities such as heated seats and a rear-view camera, but they can push the price up steeply. Reliability has been average.

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