The 2017 Kia Rio Review

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The 2017 Kia Rio is a solid pick for a small sedan or hatchback. It hasn’t quite got the same refinement as some other class-leading rivals, but it still does win you over with some of its features, including that strong engine performance, solid warranty, inviting cabin and great value. It ranks pretty highly as an affordable subcompact and sedan car, and a lot of buyers appreciate a small, inexpensive car that’s practically efficient and offers long-term peace of mind, especially owing to the stellar warranty.


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The 2017 Kia Rio comes standard with a four-cylinder engine that’s fairly sprightly for a subcompact car, and the six-speed manual transmission is an option, but they are shipped in automatic too. Fuel economy is decent for its class at an estimated EPA- 27/37 mpg city/highway, with either manual or automatic transmission.


Reviewers have praised its sporty handling in the model line-up, however rivals such as the Ford Fiesta have been considered to be more agile. The SX model has been reported to be a harsher ride and a Rio LX or EX do seem to provide a much more comfortable driving experience.

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On the whole, the car is stylish, in and out, with ample standard and optional features, good quality materials on EX and SX, good acceleration, and it actually feels bigger than it really is.


Body styles, Trim Levels

As mentioned, the Rio comes as a sedan or as a hatchback, and both models are available in LX, EX and SX. The LX also comes standard with 15 inch wheels, AC, heated power mirrors, height-adjustable driver seat, four speaker sound system, CD player, USB audio jack and satellite radio. The LX and EX also come with the Power Package which adds power windows and locks, and keyless entry.


Powertrains and Performance

With each model comes a standard 1.6L four-cylinder engine with 138HP and 123 pound-feet or torque. The LX has a six-speed manual transmission but an automatic version is available on that trim and standard on the rest. Although testing results may vary slightly, a Rio SX sedan was recorded zero to 60mph in 9.4 seconds, which is a second faster than the average of for that particular segment.

Eco package adds another feature, the auto start-stop system that shuts off the engine when the car comes to a halt and the driver lifts off the brake.



Each of these models come with a standard four-wheel antilock disc brakes, hill start assist, stability control, full-length front and side curtain airbags. The SX also comes with a rearview camera which is optional on the EX. In government crashing, the 2017 Kia Rio scored four out of five stars for overall crash protection with a final score of “Good”.

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