The 2016 Rio with a 1.6-liter inline four-cylinder engine and six-speed manual transmission returns 27 mpg in city driving and 38 mpg on the highway, for a combined rating of 31 mpg. That's an improvement of just 1 mpg over the 2015 Rio in highway driving, but does not change the Rio's 31-mpg average.
The 2016 Rio with the same engine and a six-speed automatic transmission returns 27 mpg in city driving and 37 mpg on the highway, for a combined rating of 31 mpg.
The rating for the automatic transmission-equipped Rio is unchanged from the 2015 Rio.
A six-speed manual transmission is standard on the 2016 Rio sedan, while a six-speed automatic transmission is standard on the Rio hatchback. The six-speed manual is no longer offered in the Rio hatchback.
Upgrades include two new exterior colors, new front and rear fascias, and an optional two-tone Designer package.
Pricing has not been announced.
The AAA Daily Fuel Gauge Report on Monday pegged the average price for a gallon of unleaded gasoline at $2.38 versus $3.63 a year ago.
Edmunds says: The 2016 Kia Rio gets some improvements, but fuel economy remains virtually unchanged.