2017 Kia Rio

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in Compact sedans
2017 MODEL
$14,165 - $17,755 See Inventory Prices

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Going against the typical characteristic of an underpowered engine in a subcompact car, 2017 Rio Sedan offers a 138 horsepower four-cylinder engine which is one of the most powerful base engines in the class. Proficiency in handling is another trait which rips the dull handling characteristic of the class, nicely weighted steering and strong brakes. Besides this it offers an upscale interior that wouldn't look inferior in no term when juxtaposed with other expensive cars. The Kia Rio's available infotainment system is one of the best in the class, offering straightforward menus and quick responses. Its available navigation system is also top-notch.

Range initiates from $14,165 making it very much affordable cars in the class. There's quite a jumping observed in the prices when you get to the second trim level the Rio EX ($17,755). Trim level adds an automatic transmission, Bluetooth, and remote entry. It's also available with a few options, such as a rearview camera and a 4.3-inch touch-screen display.

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Pros

Affordable base price

Upscale interior

Decent powertrain

Good overall mileage

Strong engine

Spry handling

Cons

Cramped interior

Bad rear seat head room

Poor safety record

Bad option packaging

Rivals offer more safety features

Below-average fuel economy

What's New?

The Four-door SX trim has been discontinued in 2017 of Kia Rio (Sedan)


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$14165

bodystyle

4dr Sedan

passenger capacity

5

top speed

121 mph

drivetrain

FWD

engine type

displacement

97 cu. in.

horsepower

138 hp @ 6300 rpm

torque

123 lb.-ft. @ 4850 rpm

transmission

6-speed manual

chassis

suspension front

independent front strut suspension

suspension rear

semi-independent rear torsion beam suspension

brake rotors (f/r)

10.3 in. ventilated front disc/11 in. solid disc brakes

dimensions

wheelbase

101.2 in.

length

172 in.

width

67.7 in.

height

57.3 in.

curb weight

2494 lbs.

ground clearance

5.5 in.

capacity

passenger volume

88.4 cu ft.

cargo volume

13.7 cu ft.

towing capacity

2000 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

9.5 sec.

standing ¼-mile

16.7 sec.

braking (70-0 mph)

182 ft.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

27/31/36 mpg

highway range

410.4 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

5 years/60000 miles

drivetrain warranty

10 years/100000 miles

corrosion warranty

5 years/100000 miles

roadside assistance

No



Styles

 2017 Kia Rio in Aurora Black color  2017 Kia Rio in Bright Silver Metallic color  2017 Kia Rio in Chestnut color  2017 Kia Rio in Clear White color  2017 Kia Rio in Midnight Sapphire Blue Metallic color  2017 Kia Rio in Urban Blue color  2017 Kia Rio in Signal Red color  2017 Kia Rio in Aurora Black color
Aurora Black

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Ratings

Features

6.0

Engine

6.6

Fuel Economy

7.7

Interior

7.9

Exterior

6.6

Driving

7.1

7.0

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2017 Kia Rio LX

LX

power
138 hp @ 6300 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
31 combined

$14,165 - $15,395


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
LX 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl 6M) Starting at $14,165 MSRP (27/31/36) 138 hp @ 6300 rpm1.6I4regular unleaded
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6-speed manual front wheel drive 5
LX 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl 6A) Starting at $15,395 MSRP (27/30/36) 138 hp @ 6300 rpm, 1.6 L, I4, regular unleaded
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6-speed automatic front wheel drive 5

 2017 Kia Rio EX

EX

power
138 hp @ 6300 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
30 combined

$17,755


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
EX 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl 6A) Starting at $17,755 MSRP (27/30/36) 138 hp @ 6300 rpm, 1.6 L, I4, regular unleaded
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6-speed automatic front wheel drive 5

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Expert Review


CARHP Editorial September 26, 2018

7.0

Overall Rating


6.0/10
Features

 

6.6/10
Engine

 

7.7/10
Fuel Economy

 

7.9/10
Interior

 

6.6/10
Exterior

 
 
 
 

For a small car, the Rio feels sturdy on the road, so wind gusts won't sway it from side to side. However, the Rio has a few shortcomings compared to its competitors. It offers a typical amount of standard features but few safety options.

2017 Kia Rio Features

6.0/10

The Kia Rio sedan comes in two trims: LX and EX. The Rio EX, the top trim level, has a significant price jump of $3590. The price jump is worth if you prefer not to crank your windows or unlock each door individually by the hand. The second trim level also adds Bluetooth, which is a fairly common standard feature in the class.

Trims LX EX
MSRP $14,060 $17,650
Features
  • 15-inch steel wheels
  • Automatic headlights
  • Air conditioning
  • Height-adjustable driver seat
  • Tilt-only steering wheel
  • Trip computer
  • Rearview camera
  • Four-speaker sound system with a 5-inch display, satellite radio, a USB port, and an auxiliary audio input jack.
  • EX includes the Rio S' standard equipment and adds
  • 15-inch alloy wheels
  • Chrome grille surround
  • Foglights
  • Tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel
  • A leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Upgraded cloth upholstery
  • Dual illuminated vanity mirrors and an upgraded 7-inch center display with Kia's Uvo infotainment system (which includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto)
  • Forward collision warning system with automatic braking

The Rio EX also allows you to add features like a rearview camera and an infotainment system, which you can't get with the base model. If you want maximum cargo space, choose the Rio 5-door EX ($17,905), which comes with the same features as the EX sedan.

We Recommend

We would recommend you to buy the EX trim as it is loaded with premium features like Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, forward collision warning, automatic braking and more. 

2017 Kia Rio Engine

6.6/10

"Step on the gas and the 138-hp four-cylinder, which is one of the more powerful engines in this segment, delivers quick-enough acceleration. It's not going to knock your socks off, but for typical driving duty, it's powerful enough. The engine can get noisy at high rpm, such as when you're quickly accelerating to get up to highway speeds" -Edmunds

Engine and Transmission

The car has one of the strongest engines in the segment. Kia backed its car with a 138 horsepower delivered to the front wheels via a 6-speed automatic or manual transmission. Its competitors struggle to accelerate when on the highway or steep inclines. At highway speed, the engine noise can be coarse and disturb the in-cabin ambiance.

Models Kia Rio (LX) Toyota Yaris iA (Manual) Ford Fiesta (S Sedan) Nissan Versa Sedan (S)
MSRP $14,060 $15,950 $13,535 $11,875
Engine 1.6L, DOHC Inline 4 1.5L 4-Cylinder DOHC 16-Valve 1.6L Ti-VCT I-4 HR16DE 1.6L DOHC 16-valve 4-cylinder
Transmission 6-Speed Manual 6-Speed Manual 5-Speed Manual 5-Speed Manual
Power 138 hp 106 hp 120 hp 109 hp
Torque 123 lb-ft 103 lb-ft 112 lb-ft 107 lb-ft

Clearly, it's a fight for practicality, however, raw power still is accountable. The Rio delivers the most power while keeping the price down, something every buyer would appreciate. Other competitors may keep the price down but hamper the power output. 

Acceleration

Under daily driving scenarios, the Kia Rio will always reward you with a smooth and refined power delivery. The 6-speed automatic transmission shifts quickly, which helps the Rio to accelerate to 60mph in 8.7 seconds. 

Models Kia Rio (LX) Toyota Yaris iA (Manual) Ford Fiesta (S Sedan) Nissan Versa Sedan (S)
0-60 MPH 8.7 sec 8.7 sec 9.5 sec NA
Quarter mile 16.6 sec 17.1 sec 17.2 sec 17.5 sec
Engine 1.6L 1.5L 1.6L 1.6L
Emission (Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year) 5.6 5.2 5.8 5.9

The Kia Rio is quicker than the Ford Fiesta, however, the Toyota Yaris can muster a similar acceleration prowess. While the Fiesta an Nissan Versa were lagging a split second in the quarter mile run, the Rio managed the same in 16.6 seconds. The Yaris stayed back at a 17.1-second performance. 

Handling and Steering

The Rio has a got a responsive handling, strong brakes, and well-weighted steering wheel. Its body feels sturdy on the road, so the car won't quiver at higher speeds. But it is a different story when we talk about in-cabin comfort. The ride quality becomes harsh due stiffer suspension tuning. 

Braking

Kia Rio offers satisfactory braking performance. The brake pedal provides a smooth and progressive response. Kia Rio (LX) takes just 127 feet to stop from a speed of 60mph.

Model Kia Rio (LX) Toyota Yaris iA (Manual) Ford Fiesta (S Sedan) Nissan Versa Sedan (S)
Brake Front(in) 10.1 10.2 10.2 10.0
Brake Rear(in) 10.3 7.9 7.9 8.0
Curb Weight(lbs) 2494 2385 2578 2363
60-0 MPH (ft.) 127 127 118 NA

The Ford Fiesta offers the best in segment braking performance, Fiesta decelerates from 60 mph to a standstill within 118 feet. Furthermore, the Toyota Yaris and Rio recorded a parallel performance. 

2017 Kia Rio Fuel Economy

7.7/10

The Kia Rio sedan offers a fuel efficiency of  27 mpg in the city and 36 on the highway. Opting for the "Eco" version deletes exterior styling elements, swaps out alloys for steel wheels with covers, and removes the soft-touch dash cap, however, has a near negligible impact on fuel economy: 27/36/31 mpg. Even base (LX) sedans with a manual transmission are rated the same.

Model Kia Rio (LX) Toyota Yaris iA (Manual) Ford Fiesta (S Sedan) Nissan Versa Sedan (S)
MPG (City) 27 30 27 27
MPG (Highway) 36 39 35 36
MPG (Combined) 31 34 30 30

The Toyota Yaris offers best in the class combined fuel efficiency of 34 miles to the gallon. Yaris is closely followed by Kia Rio's 31 mpg of combined mileage. 

2017 Kia Rio Interior

7.9/10

"The Rio seats five people on standard cloth seats. Leather upholstery and heated front seats are available. There is plenty of headroom in both rows, and legroom is plentiful in the front seats. However, taller passengers will find rear legroom to be tight."-Cars.USnews

Seating and Comfort

Kia Rio can accommodate 5 people, although the center rear seat is a little raised up and would be a bit uncomfortable for adults during long journeys. The driver seat cushioning is on a stiffer side and doesn't provide much lateral support. Still, at this price range, there isn't much to complain. 

Model 2017 Kia Rio (LX) 2017 Toyota Yaris iA (Manual) 2017 Ford Fiesta (S Sedan) 2017 Nissan Versa Sedan (S)
Passenger capacity 5 5 5 5
Passenger Volume (ft cube) 88.4 85.9 85.1 90.2
Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg)

 

(In.)

40.0/53.1/43.8 38.2/53.1/41.9 39.1/52.7/42.2 39.8/51.7/41.8
Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg)

 

(In.)

37.6/5.1/31.1 36.8/50.0/34.4 37.1/49/31.2 36.6/51.9/37.0

 

Infotainment

Kia Rio is offered with UVO infotainment system that comes with a 4.3- or 7-inch touchscreen. The audio department is handled by a six-speaker system. Overall, Kia Rio's UVO system is easy to use. The navigation system on offer is also easy to use. 

Cargo

Kia Rio offers 13.7 cu-ft. of rear cargo space yet the Rio's cargo capacity is second to 14.9 cu-ft. offered by the Nissan Versa.

Model 2017 Kia Rio (LX) 2017 Toyota Yaris iA (Manual) 2017 Ford Fiesta (S Sedan) 2017 Nissan Versa Sedan (S)
Volume (ft cube) 13.7 13.5 12.8 14.9

2017 Kia Rio Exterior

6.6/10

"...The new Kia Rio sedan resembles the brand’s larger and trendsetting Optima."-KelleyBlueBook

Dimensions and Weight

The Rio's interior dimensions include 40 inches of headroom in the front seats and 37.6 inches in the rear. The legroom is measured at 43.8 inches in the front and 31.1 inches in the rear. The front seats have 53.1 inches of shoulder room, and the back seats have 52.1 inches. Overall passenger volume measures 88.4 cubic feet.

Model Kia Rio (LX) Toyota Yaris iA (Manual) Ford Fiesta (S Sedan) Nissan Versa Sedan (S)
Curb weight(lbs) 2494 2385 2578 2363
Length(in) 172.0 171.7 173.6 175.4
Width(in) 67.7 66.7 67.8 66.7
Height(in) 57.3 58.5 58 59.6
Ground clearance(in) 5.5 5.5 6.1 6.8
Wheel base(in) 101.2 101.2 98.0 102.4
Track width(in) F/R 59.8/60.0 58.9/58.5 57.7/.57.7 58.3/58.5

The Rio's wheelbase is 101.2 inches, and its overall length is 172 inches. The Rio is 57.3 inches tall and 67.7 inches wide. The rival cars feature similar dimensions and weight specifications. 

Exterior Features

Some of the exterior features offered by the Kia Rio as follows:

  • 15" tires w/steel wheels
  • 15" tires w/alloy wheels (N/A w/EX Eco Package)
  • Dual body-color power mirrors
  • Heated outside mirrors
  • Multi-reflector headlights
  • Projection front fog lights (N/A w/EX Eco Package)
  • Body-color exterior door handles
  • Black mesh radiator grille
  • Black mesh radiator grille w/chrome surround
  • Heated rear glass w/timer
  • Tinted windows

2017 Kia Rio Safety

NHSTA Safety Ratings

"Both the Rio sedan and hatchback received a four-star rating (out of a possible five) for overall crash protection in government crash tests, with four stars for front-impact protection and five stars for side-impact protection."-Edmunds

NHTSA Rating 

Overall Rating 4 Star
Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating 4 Star
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver 4 Star
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger 4 Star
Overall Side Crash Rating 5 Star
Side Barrier Rating overall 4 Star
Side Barrier Rating Driver 5 Star
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat 4 Star
Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat 4 Star
Combined Side Rating Front Seat 5 Star
Combined Side Rating Rear Seat 5 Star
Rollover Rating 4 Star

IIHS Safety Ratings

Crashworthiness
Small overlap front driver side Marginal
Small overlap front passenger side N/A
Moderate overlap front Good
Side Acceptable
Roof strength Good
Head restraints & seats Good

 

Crash Avoidance & Mitigation
Front Crash Prevention N/A
Headlights N/A
LATCH Marginal

Safety Features

Kia Rio is offered with standard safety features like anti-lock brakes, Stability Control, Traction Control and more.

  • 4-wheel antilock brakes
  • Brake Assist, panic
  • Electronic brake force distribution
  • StabiliTrak electronic stability control system
  • Electronic traction control
  • LED Daytime Running Lamps
  • Air bags, dual-stage, frontal, driver and right-front passenger includes Passenger Sensing System
  • Door locks, rear child security
  • LATCH system (Lower Anchors and Top tethers for CHildren), for child safety seats
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System

Parking sensors Optional safety features include:

  • Adaptive cruise control with stop and go functionality
  • Forward collision warning with pedestrian detection
  • Collision mitigation braking
  • Lane departure warning
  • Heads-up display
  • Traffic sign information
  • Automatic high beams

2017 Kia Rio Competition

Kia Rio vs Toyota Yaris

Toyota Yaris ($15,250) beats the Rio when it comes to features. It offers more standard features than other cars in the class. In fact, even many luxury cars don't come with as many standard driver assistance features as the Yaris. Every Yaris comes with Toyota Safety Sense, which includes pre-collision braking, lane departure alert, and automatic high beams.

It also comes with Bluetooth and a touch-screen infotainment system, which the Rio only offers in its top trim. Both cars' infotainment systems are excellent and easy to operate. However, the Yaris' comes standard in the base model, while to get the Rio's you'll need to spend $18,355 to buy the Rio's second trim level and an option package. The Yaris also has more cargo space in both sedan and hatchback models.

Handling is dull in the Yaris but composed and comfortable. The Rio, on the other hand, has fairly fun driving dynamics. If you prefer a sporty ride over a comfortable one, Rio is the better choice. But if driver assistance features are important to you, the Yaris is the way to go.

Kia Rio vs Ford Fiesta

Though the Kia Rio features a reasonable price, the Fiesta take it further. It features a reduced price but on the expense of power, as the Rio's engine is way more powerful. However, the exterior might seem plain in front of the Fiesta. The rear seats are cramped and lack the necessary headroom on both the cars. 

Rio is easy to handle and fun to drive, while the Fiesta's balky transmission ruins the fun. The Kia Rio is a feasible choice between the two, as you get more power, reasonable price, and better handling experience.

Kia Rio vs Nissan Versa

The Versa's suspension is tuned for comfort, and the result is a smooth ride that many subcompact models just can't equal. In a word, yes. Nissan gets praise for creating a vehicle that is economical and roomy, but it's hard to overlook a seriously underpowered engine. The tall sedan is also buffeted in high wind conditions.
The Rio is a subcompact packed with innovative features and excellent performance. It has overcome its past reputation as a cheap and unreliable subcompact. Its owners can also expect good fuel efficiency without giving up performance.

2017 Kia Rio Final Verdict

The 2017 Kia Rio is one of the few subcompact cars that combine a low base price with solid performance and a high-quality interior.

You can get extra features in the Rio if your pocket allows you. Whereas other competitors allow the extra features in the same range. To get it, you have to upgrade to the second trim and add a package, again emphasising if your pocket allows.

Most cars in the class struggle on the highway, but the Rio moves quickly. The few competitors with eager acceleration cost significantly more than the Rio. Its power comes at a price. The Rio earns some of the lowest fuel economy numbers in the class. On the road, Rio has good steering feedback, agile handling, and composure, making it one of the sportier cars in the class.