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Kia Rio

2018
Kia Rio 2018 sedan Trim Shown: 2018 S sedan FWD Automatic
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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. The top-level EX trim brings 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, it does the job but acceleration feels leisurely and it growls unpleasantly. The ride is very stiff. Road noise is pronounced. Transmissions choices remain of a six-speed manual or automatic. Automatic emergency braking for city/urban speed is new.
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2012-2017
2012 Redesign Year
Kia Rio 2017 Trim Shown: 2017 HB EX
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.
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2016 $12,450 - $12,850 $9,690 - $10,040
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2015 $10,825 - $12,125 $8,205 - $9,405
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2014 $9,200 - $10,400 $6,675 - $7,775
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2013 $8,125 - $9,325 $5,640 - $6,740
2012 $6,875 - $8,125 $4,440 - $5,590
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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.
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2011 $5,050 - $6,200 $2,770 - $3,810
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2010 $4,550 - $5,475 $2,275 - $3,120
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2009 $3,925 - $4,725 $1,775 - $2,420
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2008 $3,525 - $4,300 $1,450 - $2,045
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2007 $3,275 - $4,000 $1,220 - $1,770
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2006 $3,025 - $3,725 $1,020 - $1,570
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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 $2,450 - $2,575 $555 - $630
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2004 $2,425 - $2,425 $525 - $525
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2003 $2,425 - $2,425 $515 - $515
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2002 $2,425 - $2,425 $510 - $510
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2001 N/A N/A
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