Kia Rio
Kia Rio
Kia Rio

2020 Kia Rio sedan

Pros: Pleasant ride and engaging handling; decent power for a subcompact car; availability of forward collision warning with autonomous emergency braking

Cons: Cramped rear-seat space; rear seatbacks don’t fold completely flat in hatchback model; so-so rear visibility

CG Says: The 2020 Kia Rio gains a new powertrain and control screen. The previous 130-horsepower 1.6-liter 4-cylinder engine has been replaced by 120-hp four and the 6-speed automatic transmission has been replaced by a CVT automatic. Although the new engine is down on power, EPA fuel-economy numbers are higher. A 7-inch control screen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto functionality is now standard on all models. Rio is a subcompact car offered in two bodystyles, a 4-door-sedan and a 4-door-hatchback that Kia calls a “5-Door”. Rio was redesigned for 2018. The sole powertrain choice is the previously mentioned 120-hp 1.6-liter paired with a CVT automatic transmission. Available features include Kia’s UVO infotainment system and forward collision warning with autonomous emergency braking. The Kia Rio is one of the best cars in the subcompact-car segment; it delivers impressive levels of comfort and refinement at attractive prices. It also has decent power for the class and comes with a generous warranty.

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 sedan: $16,675
S sedan: $17,315
S hatchback: $17,615

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

Kia Rio 5-Door
2020 Kia Rio hatchback
NHTSA Ratings
Overall - NA

(5 is the highest rating)

Front Crash - NA
Side Crash - NA
Rollover - NA

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