2020 Kia Rio

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What’s new

  • New 1.6-liter engine is more efficient but less powerful
  • A continuously variable automatic transmission replaces last year's automatic
  • Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and a 7-inch touchscreen are now standard on both trims
  • Part of the fourth Rio generation introduced for 2018

Pros & Cons

  • Sporty handling makes it entertaining to drive
  • Solid build quality for such a price-conscious car
  • Long warranty coverage for peace of mind
  • Standard equipment is a bit bare-bones
  • No telescoping steering wheel available
  • Sedan has subpar cargo space
MSRP Range
$15,850 - $16,490

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2020 Kia Rio Review

Value reigns supreme in the subcompact class, but that doesn't mean you need to settle for a car with bland character. The 2020 Kia Rio is priced reasonably but also comes with a load of features and a sporty character.

The Rio was redesigned two years ago, upgraded with a more sophisticated suspension, better ride quality and classier styling. But its strengths remained. The small cabin feels roomier than it appears (at least for front passengers), thanks to the thoughtful interior design and intuitive control layout. The infotainment software and touchscreen interface rate as some of the best in class, and the Rio's crisp handling and steering make it one of the livelier subcompacts around.

For 2020, there's a new four-cylinder engine and new transmission to go with it. The engine lost 10 horsepower, which gives us some pause. The Rio wasn't that quick with its last engine. But Kia says it's more efficient, capable of 41 mpg highway and 36 mpg combined, gains of roughly 10%.

The Rio's previous engine felt zippy enough around town but ran out of breath at higher speeds. We'll have to wait and see how the new engine and transmission combination performs. In theory, the new continuously variable automatic transmission should do a better job keeping the engine in the sweet spot of power delivery.

Other upgrades for this year include standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support and a larger 7-inch touchscreen display.

As its strengths remain, so, too, do the Rio's weaknesses, namely a lack of space. There's not a whole lot of rear-seat room, and trunk space is average at best. And while front and side airbags come standard, other safety features, such as automatic emergency braking, are only available as options. But if these shortcomings aren't deal-breakers, the 2020 Kia Rio still impresses with its excellent warranty, generous set of features and nice price, even when fully loaded.

Which Rio does Edmunds recommend?

Unless you're on a strict budget, we suggest springing for the top-trim S. It's about $600 more than the base model and comes with desirable features such as a 60/40-split folding rear seat, cruise control and keyless entry. The S can also be upgraded with the optional Technology package, which comes with LED headlights, forward collision warning and assist, and Kia's Uvo telematics system.

Kia Rio models

The 2020 Kia Rio is a subcompact car available either as a sedan or a hatchback (Kia calls it the 5-Door). The sedan comes in two trim levels, LX and S, while the hatchback is only sold in S trim.

The LX is powered by a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine (120 horsepower, 112 lb-ft of torque) and a continuously variable automatic transmission that drives the front wheels. Standard features include heated side mirrors, air conditioning, a height-adjustable driver's seat, a rearview camera, a 7-inch touchscreen display, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Bluetooth, a USB port, and a six-speaker sound system.

The S adds remote keyless entry with a trunk opener, a 60/40-split folding rear seat with adjustable headrests, a center console with a sliding armrest, cruise control, and an additional USB port for rear passengers.

An optional Technology package that's only available for the S trim adds LED headlights, forward collision warning and emergency braking, Kia's Uvo eServices communications, an upgraded driver information display, and satellite radio.


Consumer reviews

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Average user rating: 3.0 stars based on 1 total reviews

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    3 out of 5 stars, 2020 Reo
    Julie ,
    LX 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl CVT)

    Bought a 2020 Reo and am a little surprised at some of the safety features it doesn’t have. Maybe not real important to some. The doors do not auto lock when you drive but yet will unlock when you park it. The dome light does not dim down when you get in the car , it just shuts off . I go to work in the dark and come home in the dark, those two things might not be important to some but are to me. Funny thing is my manual says it locks when put in drive and that the dome light has a 30 second delay. The dealership just laughed and said nope! A few things to look for when thinking about the 2020 Reo

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    Features & Specs

    S 4dr Sedan features & specs
    S 4dr Sedan
    1.6L 4cyl CVT
    MSRP$16,490
    MPG 33 city / 41 hwy
    SeatingSeats 5
    TransmissionContinuously variable-speed automatic
    Horsepower120 hp @ 6300 rpm
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    LX 4dr Sedan features & specs
    LX 4dr Sedan
    1.6L 4cyl CVT
    MSRP$15,850
    MPG 33 city / 41 hwy
    SeatingSeats 5
    TransmissionContinuously variable-speed automatic
    Horsepower120 hp @ 6300 rpm
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    Safety

    Our experts’ favorite Rio safety features:

    Forward Collision Warning
    Warns you if a front collision is imminent. Available only on the S trim level.
    Rearview Camera
    Helps the driver navigate into tight parking spots and avoid collisions when backing out of spots in crowded parking lots.
    Automatic Emergency Braking
    When the system is paired with forward collision warning, it can automatically engage the brakes if the driver doesn't react in time.
    IIHS Rating

    The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.

    Side Impact Test
    Good
    Roof Strength Test
    Good
    Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
    Good
    IIHS Small Overlap Front TestNot Tested
    Moderate Overlap Front Test
    Good

    Kia Rio vs. the competition

    Kia Rio vs. Hyundai Accent

    The Rio and the Accent are related and, besides sharing powertrains, they have many technology and mechanical similarities. Styling could very well be the deciding factor. The Rio's ride and handling is a bit sportier, but the Accent is more relaxed. For seat comfort, we prefer the Rio.

    Compare Kia Rio & Hyundai Accent features

    Kia Rio vs. Nissan Versa

    The Nissan Versa is a small car with a remarkably low base price, a relatively huge back seat, a similarly giant trunk, and a plush ride quality. It also comes with safety features beyond the Rio's standard airbags, such as automatic emergency braking and lane departure warning. What you don't get is an engine with much refinement or power, an engaging driving experience or an interior with any upmarket aspirations. The Rio is a better bet unless you frequently need to carry tall passengers and their cargo.

    Compare Kia Rio & Nissan Versa features

    Kia Rio vs. Honda Civic

    Although it's larger, the Honda Civic gets about the same fuel economy as the Rio. Of course, you'll appreciate its larger cargo space and roomier interior, but it comes at a price. Most important, even in its lowest trim, the Civic is more expensive and not as fully featured as the Rio.

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    FAQ
    Is the Kia Rio a good car?
    The Edmunds experts tested the 2020 Rio both on the road and at the track. Edmunds’ consumer reviews show that the 2020 Rio gets an average rating of 3 stars out of 5 (based on 1 reviews) You probably care about Kia Rio fuel economy, so it's important to know that the Rio gets an EPA-estimated 36 mpg. What about cargo capacity? When you're thinking about carrying stuff in your new car, keep in mind that the Rio has 13.7 cubic feet of trunk space. And then there's safety and reliability. Edmunds has all the latest NHTSA and IIHS crash-test scores, plus industry-leading expert and consumer reviews to help you understand what it's like to own and maintain a Kia Rio. Learn more
    What's new in the 2020 Kia Rio?

    According to Edmunds’ car experts, here’s what’s new for the 2020 Kia Rio:

    • New 1.6-liter engine is more efficient but less powerful
    • A continuously variable automatic transmission replaces last year's automatic
    • Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and a 7-inch touchscreen are now standard on both trims
    • Part of the fourth Rio generation introduced for 2018
    Learn more
    Is the Kia Rio reliable?
    To determine whether the Kia Rio is reliable, read Edmunds' authentic consumer reviews, which come from real owners and reveal what it's like to live with the Rio. Look for specific complaints that keep popping up in the reviews, and be sure to compare the Rio's 3-star average consumer rating to that of competing vehicles. Learn more
    Is the 2020 Kia Rio a good car?
    There's a lot to consider if you're wondering whether the 2020 Kia Rio is a good car. Our consumer reviews show that the 2020 Rio gets an average rating of 3 stars out of 5 (based on 1 reviews). Safety scores, fuel economy, cargo capacity and feature availability should all be factors in determining whether the 2020 Rio is a good car for you. Learn more
    How much should I pay for a 2020 Kia Rio?

    The least-expensive 2020 Kia Rio is the 2020 Kia Rio LX 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl CVT). Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $15,850.

    Other versions include:

    • S 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl CVT) which starts at $16,490
    • LX 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl CVT) which starts at $15,850
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    What are the different models of Kia Rio?
    If you're interested in the Kia Rio, the next question is, which Rio model is right for you? Rio variants include S 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl CVT), and LX 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl CVT). For a full list of Rio models, check out Edmunds’ Features & Specs page. Learn more

    More about the 2020 Kia Rio

    2020 Kia Rio Overview

    The 2020 Kia Rio is offered in the following submodels: Rio Hatchback, Rio Sedan. Available styles include S 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl CVT), LX 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl CVT), and S 4dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl CVT).

    What do people think of the 2020 Kia Rio?

    Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2020 Kia Rio and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2020 Rio 3.0 on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2020 Rio.

    Edmunds Expert Reviews

    Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2020 Kia Rio and all model years in our database. Our rich content includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2020 Rio featuring deep dives into trim levels and features, performance, mpg, safety, interior, and driving. Edmunds also offers expert ratings, road test and performance data, long-term road tests, first-drive reviews, video reviews and more.

    Our Review Process

    This review was written by a member of Edmunds' editorial team of expert car reviewers. Our team drives every car you can buy. We put the vehicles through rigorous testing, evaluating how they drive and comparing them in detail to their competitors.

    We're also regular people like you, so we pay attention to all the different ways people use their cars every day. We want to know if there's enough room for our families and our weekend gear and whether or not our favorite drink fits in the cupholder. Our editors want to help you make the best decision on a car that fits your life.

    What's a good price for a New 2020 Kia Rio?
    2020 Kia Rio S 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl CVT)

    The 2020 Kia Rio S 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl CVT) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $17,590. The average price paid for a new 2020 Kia Rio S 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl CVT) is trending $979 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

    Edmunds members save an average of $979 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $16,611.

    The average savings for the 2020 Kia Rio S 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl CVT) is 5.6% below the MSRP.

    Available Inventory:

    We are showing 21 2020 Kia Rio S 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl CVT) vehicle(s) available in the Ashburn area.

    2020 Kia Rio LX 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl CVT)

    The 2020 Kia Rio LX 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl CVT) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $17,025. The average price paid for a new 2020 Kia Rio LX 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl CVT) is trending $941 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

    Edmunds members save an average of $941 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $16,084.

    The average savings for the 2020 Kia Rio LX 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl CVT) is 5.5% below the MSRP.

    Available Inventory:

    We are showing 9 2020 Kia Rio LX 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl CVT) vehicle(s) available in the Ashburn area.

    Which 2020 Kia Rios are available in my area?

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    Should I lease or buy a 2020 Kia Rio?

    Is it better to lease or buy a car? Ask most people and they'll probably tell you that car buying is the way to go. And from a financial perspective, it's true, provided you're willing to make higher monthly payments, pay off the loan in full and keep the car for a few years. Leasing, on the other hand, can be a less expensive option on a month-to-month basis. It's also good if you're someone who likes to drive a new car every three years or so.

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