New and Used Kia Rio: Prices, Photos, Reviews, Specs – The Car Connection

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The Kia Rio is available as a subcompact four-door sedan or a hatchback. Although it’s least expensive car, its redesign has elevated it to new levels of style, and features. The Rio is a bona contender in its class, a far cry from its roots.

The Rio competes at the more sporty end of the segment, where the Fiesta and Chevrolet Sonic Others in the class include the Accent (which shares of the same underpinnings as the Kia Rio, but no styling or out), the fun-to-drive but far more Mazda2, and then the highest-volume including the Honda Fit.

For more information on the Rio range, options, prices, and specifications, see our review of the 2013 Kia Rio .

Kia made no changes to the Rio for 2013, although a engine start-stop option arrived, priced at $400. The smartly shuts off the engine at to save fuel, restarting it as as the driver starts to lift off the pedal. The impact is about 1 per gallon more for the Rio’s fuel economy rating, we’re not convinced the option find many takers.

The 2012 model was the third of Kia Rio. While its price was considerably than the 2011 car it replaced, the Kia Rio is not only sportier and more inside and out, but also more engaging to drive. details, lots of body and a European-inspired interior bring the proportioned Rio—especially in sedan full competition with models.

A smooth 1.6-liter, four-cylinder engine makes 138 hp and is with six-speed manual or automatic transmissions, and EPA figures at 30 mpg city, 40 highway. Its safety have improved, and it offers more technology features–both and optional–than before.

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Among other features, the new Rio steering-wheel audio controls, satellite radio compatibility, and a USB The EX models add air conditioning, cruise tilt/telescopic steering, power and Bluetooth. Finally, the top-of-the-line SX get heated mirrors, fog lamps, LED lighting, and other upgrades.

An navigation system or UVO connectivity can also be specified.

One black on the otherwise cheerful Rio’s is that it was one of several vehicles for Kia (and also Hyundai) found to have overstated economy numbers. Kia self-certified the Rio automatic achieved 33 mpg combined (30 mpg 40 mpg highway), with the manual at 34 mpg combined.

But after complaints from the EPA tested several vehicles and that the actual numbers have been 31 mpg combined (28 mpg 36 mpg highway) for the six-speed automatic, or 32 mpg (29 mpg city, 37 mpg highway) for the six-speed Perhaps more embarrassing the 2013 Kia Rio Eco model was busted from 34 mpg to 32 mpg combined, with its 40-mpg highway number to 36 mpg as well.

Kia will reimburse of all the affected cars for the extra costs reflected by the more lower ratings. (The attributed it all to test-cycle errors on its and apologized profusely and repeatedly.) can register with Kia to receive for the gas consumed above and beyond levels; more details are at .

In 2007, the second-generation Rio shared its gear and underpinnings with the Accent (Hyundai owns though the two brands operate separately in the U.S. market). The Rio had had one of the better interiors in its class—even it wasn’t that exciting in well as much better quality. It caught up with on several levels and remained one of the subcompacts in the class for several

A smooth new 110-hp, 1.6-liter gave it more gusto, transmissions remained a five-speed or four-speed automatic. Unfortunately, its standard side airbags ubiquitous at the time), its crash-test were some of the lowest in the A Rio5 five-door hatchback was introduced for 2008, although in the somewhat more expensive LX

Way back in 2001, the first-generation Rio the third Kia model to be offered in the after the Sportage small and the Sephia sedan (later by the Spectra, and most recently the That first Rio used a 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine to 104 hp for 2003), along with a manual or four-speed automatic At a price below $9,000, we it well-built but coarse and unrefined, substandard interior materials.

In a Rio Cinco five-door hatchback arguably, a wagon) joined the offering low-priced cargo and versatility.

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