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Kia Rio

2018
Kia Rio 2018 sedan Trim Shown: 2018 EX sedan FWD Automatic
With its all-new platform, the fourth-generation Rio sedan and hatchback sit lower, wider, and slightly longer than before. The changes bring increased passenger space for both the front and rear seats. Cabin technology makes a step forward, with the top-level EX trim benefiting from a 7-inch touch-screen infotainment system, along with voice recognition, and Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility. The 1.6-liter, four-cylinder engine essentially carries over, though it sees horsepower decrease by 8 notches in the interest of fuel economy--a notable shortcoming with the last-tested Rio. Transmissions choices remain of a six-speed manual or automatic. A reworked suspension will hopefully address the stiff feel found on the previous model. Automatic emergency braking for city/urban speed will now be available.
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2017
Kia Rio 2017 sedan Trim Shown: 2017 EX sedan FWD Automatic
This sibling of the Hyundai Accent is available as a sedan or hatchback. The 138-hp, 1.6-liter four-cylinder, mated to a six-speed automatic, produces sufficient power. Fuel economy of 29 mpg overall with our hatchback and 30 mpg for the sedan is pretty unimpressive, however. The Rio's stiff ride and noisy cabin are typical of the genre and can get annoying during long trips, but they aren't unbearable. Handling is a strong suit, with the car feeling responsive in corners. Higher-trim models offer amenities such as heated seats and a rearview camera, but these can push up the price steeply. A 2018 redesigned Rio is coming soon.
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2012-2017
2012 Redesign Year
Kia Rio 2016 Trim Shown: 2016 HB LX
The 2012 redesign was a leap forward, making the Rio feel solid compared with some other subcompacts, bringing more power and space and better handling, along with a six-speed automatic transmission for better gas mileage. The typical ride, noise and space limitations -- expected from a subcompact car -- count against it. However, benefits include nimble handling, a smooth transmission, simple controls, and plenty of equipment for the price. Antilock brakes, traction control, and electronic stability control are standard. Higher trim models offer unexpected amenities such as heated seats and a rear-view camera.
Average Retail Price Trade-in Price Reliability Verdict Owner Satisfaction View Local Inventory
2016 $12,550 - $12,925 $10,005 - $10,355
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2015 $11,275 - $12,550 $8,805 - $10,005
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2014 $9,775 - $10,950 $7,420 - $8,520
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2013 $8,675 - $9,825 $6,335 - $7,435
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2012 $7,325 - $8,500 $5,040 - $6,140
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2006-2011
2006 Redesign Year
Kia Rio 2011 Trim Shown: 2011 Hatchback
The 2006 redesign makes the Rio a reasonable alternative to larger compacts. The ride is relatively comfortable and quiet, which makes this iteration of the Rio pleasant to drive. Most drivers found a comfortable seating position with plenty of room, though some found the tilt-only steering wheel was positioned too close ' yes -- for comfort. Controls are simple to use. Interior storage is modest. The sedan can hold more luggage than the hatchback with the rear seats up, but both have 60/40-split seats that fold to expand cargo capacity. Still though, the hatchback offers added cargo flexibility. Fuel economy is very good and handling is secure -- though not sporty. Standard curtain airbags are a plus.
Average Retail Price Trade-in Price Reliability Verdict Owner Satisfaction View Local Inventory
2011 $5,250 - $6,250 $3,050 - $3,990
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2010 $4,625 - $5,575 $2,420 - $3,310
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2009 $4,150 - $5,250 $2,000 - $2,995
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2008 $3,700 - $4,775 $1,625 - $2,520
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2007 $3,400 - $4,275 $1,345 - $2,050
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2006 $3,150 - $3,775 $1,145 - $1,645
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2001-2005
2001 Redesign Year
Kia Rio 2005 Trim Shown: 2005 Sedan
The Rio has come a long way from its cheap roots. This corporate cousin to the Hyundai Accent used to epitomize the stiff-riding, noisy subcompact sedan. For 2001, the interior is put together well, the car is easy to park, and the Rio provides a tolerable ride. Handling is secure but not very agile. Still though, some vestiges of past transgressions remain, the cabin is noisy and cramped, it's not very quick, and braking is subpar. Antilock brakes (ABS) were offered starting with the 2005 model year.
Average Retail Price Trade-in Price Reliability Verdict Owner Satisfaction View Local Inventory
2005 $2,525 - $2,600 $635 - $710
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2004 $2,450 - $2,525 $580 - $630
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2003 $2,425 - $2,450 $545 - $570
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2002 $2,400 - $2,400 $510 - $515
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2001 N/A N/A
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