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 2021 Kia Rio has refreshed styling and a revised infotainment system with a larger 8-inch screen. 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 a 120-hp 1.6-liter 4-cylinder 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.
|Body Style(s)||4-door sedan, 4-door hatchback|
|Drive Wheels||front-wheel drive|
|Nation of Manufacture||South Korea|
|Base Prices||LX sedan: $17,045
S sedan: $17,685
S hatchback: $17,985
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