Looking for a subcompact sedan or hatchback that doesn't feel like a penalty box? The 2017 Kia Rio might be the car for you. Here's a quick rundown of what we like, what we don't and the bottom line from the Edmunds editors.
TRAVIS LANGNESS: I'm editor Travis Langness, and this is an Edmunds Expert Rundown of the 2017 Kia Rio. [MUSIC PLAYING] If you're looking for a subcompact sedan that won't break the bank and doesn't feel like a penalty box, you're looking in the right place. The 2017 Kia Rio is a roomy, four-door subcompact that comes as a sedan or as a hatchback. It gets lots of standard equipment relative to its price. And while it may feel a little bit basic, it doesn't feel like a disappointment when you drive it. The ride quality is a bit stiff, especially on the SX model with the sporty suspension. But you get responsive handling as a trade-off, so it might be worth it in the long run. The Rio also has good standard warranty coverage, and relatively quick acceleration for the segment. Both are pluses if you're on a budget. The Rio's interior isn't exactly plush, but it does have some nice soft-touch materials on the upper trim levels, and the fit and finish is high quality. [MUSIC PLAYING] The seats up front are a bit flat, without much bolstering, but they're comfortable enough for daily commutes and the occasional road trip. And the cabin controls are laid out in a straightforward manner that's pretty easy to learn. [MUSIC PLAYING] We also like the Kia Rio's optional 7-inch touchscreen with Kia UVO technology. It's got crisp graphics and easy-to-use controls. For the 2017 Kia Rio, the bottom line is that it's got a lot of value, lots of standard and available features, and for a class that's got some pretty humdrum vehicles, it's a likeable option. We also recommend checking out the Honda Fit and the Ford Fiesta. For more reviews and Edmunds Expert Rundowns, click the link to subscribe.
Budget-conscious consumers shopping in the crowded subcompact market segment would do well to add the 2017 Kia Rio to their must-drive list. With a low price point, attractive styling, roomy interior and decent performance, the Rio offers solid value per dollar. And like many of its class rivals, Kia's entry-level model has expanded in both size and available features, proving that you don't necessarily have to sacrifice comfort in the name of economy.
Having undergone a significant exterior and interior refresh last year — which gave it restyled front and rear ends, new options and a standard six-speed automatic transmission in the hatchback version — the Rio is largely unchanged for 2017. The SX trim level has been dropped for the sedan, and Digital Yellow is now off the list of color choices.
Under the hood, the only powerplant remains a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 138 horsepower and 123 pound-feet of torque. In the LX sedan it comes mated to a standard six-speed manual transmission, with a six-speed automatic as an option. All other models include the automatic as standard equipment.
Fuel economy for the Rio equipped with the manual gearbox is EPA rated at 31 mpg combined (27 city/36 highway). Choosing the automatic transmission drops the rating just a bit to 30 mpg (still 27 city/36 highway).
On the road, the SX trim level displays responsive handling courtesy of a sport-oriented suspension, while the EX excels at a more comfortable ride, so buyers might want to arrange some test-drives before making a decision. Acceleration is a strong suit, thanks to one of the peppiest engines in the class, although high revs tend to amp up the noise level.
The Rio's interior, while not exactly plush in standard trim, is nicely designed, logically laid out and constructed of good-quality materials. There's plenty of room for both front- and rear-seat occupants, and cargo space, already fairly generous, can be expanded by folding the 60/40-split rear seatbacks. Optional packages and accessories allow buyers to add an impressive array of comfort and convenience features, including such luxuries as heated leather seats, navigation and a premium infotainment system.
The Rio is available as either a four-door sedan or a five-door hatchback, with the sedan offered in LX and EX trim levels and the hatchback in LX, EX and SX trims. The base LX models come with all the necessary equipment to keep you comfortable on the road, although drivers will need to make do with roll-up windows and rather basic amenities. The EX and SX trims provide considerably more features and are definitely worth a look for those seeking a bit more comfort and technology. Whatever your preference, let Edmunds help you find the 2017 Kia Rio that best meets your needs.
2017 Kia Rio Overview
The 2017 Kia Rio is offered in the following submodels: Hatchback, Sedan. Available styles include LX 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl 6A), LX 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl 6M), and LX 4dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl 6A). Rio models are available with a 0-liter gas engine, with output up to 0 hp, depending on engine type. The 2017 Rio comes with front wheel drive. Available transmissions include: 6-speed shiftable automatic, 6-speed manual. The 2017 Rio comes with a 5 yr./ 60000 mi. basic warranty, a 5 yr./ 60000 mi. roadside warranty, and a 10 yr./ 100000 mi. powertrain warranty.
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Is the 2017 Kia Rio safe? The 2017 Kia Rio earned a 4-star overall safety rating from NHTSA and "GOOD" ratings from the IIHS in the following caregories: Roof Strength Test, Rear Crash Protection/Head Restraint, Moderate Overlap Front Test Results, and a JD POWER overall quality rating of 3.5 out of 5. Among Edmunds' many tools and resources for finding your perfect car are detailed safety ratings and analysis from NHTSA, IIHS, and JD Power, including overall ratings, frontal barrier crash ratings, side impact tests and crash ratings, rollover test results, roof strength tests, rear crash protection and head restraint ratings, side barrier ratings, combined side barrier and pole ratings, and more.
2017 kia rio LX 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl 6A), 6-speed shiftable automatic, regular unleaded 30 combined MPG 27 city MPG/36 highway MPG
2017 kia rio LX 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl 6M), 6-speed manual, regular unleaded 31 combined MPG 27 city MPG/36 highway MPG
2017 kia rio LX 4dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl 6A), 6-speed shiftable automatic, regular unleaded 30 combined MPG 27 city MPG/36 highway MPG
What options are available on the 2017 Kia Rio?
Available Kia Rio 2017 Submodel Types: Sedan, Hatchback, Wagon
Available Kia Rio 2017 Trims: LX, EX, S, Base, Rio5 SX, SX, Rio5 LX, Cinco