The Kia Rio is among the better subcompacts, but it’s still basic transportation. It suffers from deficiencies endemic to this class, such as slow acceleration, a stiff ride, and a loud cabin. The 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine gets the job done, but isn't notable in any way. The Rio can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in just under 10 seconds, which makes it (like the similar Hyundai Accent) one of the quicker subcompacts.
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