Kia Rio

Price $14,495 – $23,195
Fuel consumption 6.3 – 8.8 L/100km
The Car Guide rating 79%(view ratings)
Available in sedan and hatchback formats, the Rio gets around using a 1.6-litre 137-horsepower 4-cylinder. With handling more akin to a compact than a subcompact, the Rio proves that the small car segment, ignored by too many manufacturers even today, has enormous potential. This year, the front and tail ends have been redesigned and the dashboard has undergone a few improvements.

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Test Drives2018 Kia Rio: Trying to Turn the Tide
The subcompact-car segment in North America is struggling for three reasons. One, SUVs are now the hot item. Two, compact-sized cars cost only a few bucks more a month. Three, gasoline still isn’t expensive enough. A small car such as the redesigned 2018 Kia Rio has a lot going for …
First Drives2018 Kia Rio5: Fully Loaded for Under $15,000
The numbers don’t lie: Quebec is fertile ground for subcompact cars, as evidenced by the fact that Kia sells 42% of its Rios here. What can we say? La Belle Province like little cars. In fact, the same is true for the Toyota Yaris, the Nissan Micra and the Versa …
Test Drives2012 Kia Rio:: Attractive price, fully loaded!
Not so long ago, while you could get a compact car for an attractive price, it often lacked style, conveniences, luxury and gadgets. Things have been different for several years now and certain manufacturers – like Kia, for example – have forced the market to adjust. The new Rio proves …


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NewsThe Car Guide's Best Buys for 2021: Kia Rio
The Car Guide is back with its annual list of Best Buys covering all the different vehicle categories in the industry. While many automakers have abandoned small cars, most recently Hyundai (Accent), Toyota (Yaris) and Honda (Fit), a few models remain. After winning our Best Buy award in 2020, the …
NewsExclusive Kia Rio Sedan Gets the Axe for 2021
Kia is removing the Rio sedan from its Canadian market lineup. This information was obtained by The Car Guide exclusively. The hatchback version will continue to be offered for the 2021 model year, however. Kia has promised that new information regarding the Rio would also be revealed, without going into …
News2021 Kia Rio Benefits From Mid-cycle Refresh
Three years removed from a complete redesign, the 2021 Kia Rio is due for several tweaks and updates as part of a mid-cycle refresh—bad news for the competition as the little Korean is The Car Guide ’s 2020 Best Buy in the sub-compact car segment. Before we go any further, …
NewsThe Car Guide’s 2020 Best Buys: Kia Rio
Every year, The Car Guide publishes its Best Buys in nearly 30 different vehicle categories. Today we continue our review of the 2020 winners with a look at subcompact cars , a market segment deserted by a few SUV-obsessed automakers in recent years. The Kia Rio (MSRP from $15,495) lives …
NewsKia Canada announces pricing for all-new 2018 Kia Rio 5-Door
Kia Canada Inc. (KCI) today announced pricing for the all-new 2018 Kia Rio 5-Door – the car that will deliver everything consumers did not expect, and more. Now arriving in dealerships across the county, the Rio 5-Door will be offered in six trim levels, with the entry-level LX MT starting …
Montreal2018 Kia Rio: Montreal Debut
There’s a good reason why Kia is holding its Rio five-door’s North-American premiere at the Montreal Auto Show. The Canadian market, and Quebec in particular, loves small hatchbacks. The subcompact benefits from a total redesign for 2018, with fresh new styling that’s more substantial and dynamic. The car’s wheelbase is …
Paris2018 Kia Rio Five-Door Bows in Paris
PARIS, France – Although subcompact car sales are struggling in Canada, the Rio is Kia’s best-selling model on a global scale. The current generation has been around since 2011, and although the car has generally aged well, it was time for a change. The new Rio will arrive next spring …


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2018 Kia Rio 5-Door - Test Drive
It may be Kia's smallest vehicle, but the Rio has big aspirations for the showroom. For more stories about the Kia Rio, hit the link - To watch all our most up to date content, check out our TV show schedule - Check out our website for full …
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Review: 2018 Kia Rio
Always believed one benefit of high fuel prices was that consumers looked to smaller vehicles and car makers responded by producing stylish vehicles we once envied the Europeans for having. This Rio is another example why you don't hear the term "Econobox" anymore. Amen! For more stories about the 2018 …
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