2017 Kia Rio 5-door hatchback

Pros: Decent power for a subcompact car; surprisingly pleasant in highway driving; impressive front-seat passenger space for the class

Cons: Disappointing fuel economy for the class; cramped rear-seat space; rear seatbacks don’t fold completely flat in hatchback model

CG Says: Kia Rio no longer offers a sedan is topline SX trim for 2017. However, the Rio 5 four-door hatchback is still available in SX trim. Otherwise, Rio is unchanged. This subcompact is available as a Rio four-door sedan or Rio 5 four-door hatchback. A 138-horsepower 1.6-liter four-cylinder is the sole engine choice. Sedans are available with either a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission, while the Rio 5 hatchback is automatic only. Rio represents itself well in a class that’s filled with great choices. Where some of the competition shines in a particular area and trails in another, the Rio doesn’t really stand out so much as it does a good job at most things. Good power for the class, a comfortable ride, fine practicality, and handsome looks inside and out are some of the qualities of this well-rounded package. Our biggest disappointment is the so-so fuel economy we’ve seen in our testing.

The Facts
Class Subcompact Car
Body Style(s) 4-door sedan, 4-door hatchback
Passenger Count 5
Drive Wheels front-wheel drive
Manufacturer Kia
Nation of Manufacture South Korea
Base Prices LX hatchback: $15,495
LX sedan: $14,165
EX hatchback: $17,905
EX sedan: $17,755
SX hatchback: $20,905

Base Engine
1.6-liter 4-cylinder
Std. Transmission
6-speed manual
Avail. Transmission
6-speed automatic
EPA City Range (mpg)
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)