2016 Kia Rio Official Fuel Economy Numbers Released | Edmunds

2016 Kia Rio Official Fuel Economy Numbers Released


WASHINGTON — The EPA has released official fuel economy numbers on the refreshed 2016 Kia Rio sedan and hatchback, and they remain nearly unchanged from the 2015 Rio.

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.

The 2016 Rio, which debuted at the 2015 Chicago Auto Show, is expected to arrive at Kia dealerships in the first quarter of 2016.

Upgrades include two new exterior colors, new front and rear fascias, and an optional two-tone Designer package.

Pricing has not been announced.

Key Rio competitors include the Chevrolet Sonic, Ford Fiesta, Hyundai Accent and Nissan Versa Note.

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.

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