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2018 Kia Rio: 5 Reasons to Buy – Video

If you’re looking for information on a newer Kia Rio, we’ve published an updated review: 2019 Kia Rio Review

There is a deep field of subcompact cars to choose from, but not many that are efficient, attractive and reasonably priced. If you want to save big and look good doing it, here are five reasons to look no further than the 2018 Kia Rio.


The Rio has an impressive, sharp look in either form, the 5-door hatchback or sedan. The athletic stance is low and wide. The 5-door hatchback now has a larger rear window for increased visibility. You can opt for attractive fog lights, even stylish 15-inch alloys.

Impressive Interior

In addition to improving the headroom and legroom, the Rio’s overall interior is laid out very well. There is a modern feel inside, and you can even upgrade to leather, which is a nice premium touch. Connect your smartphone to the available UVO eServices, and with the EX trim level you can connect to Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Some other options include Bluetooth and a rearview camera. See the 2018 Kia Rio models for sale near you


Safety is important enough in any car, but even more so in a small subcompact car. The Rio has standard electronic stability control and hill-start assist. The Rio is made with an advanced high-strength steel, making it more rigid and providing more safety. The innovative autonomous emergency braking is well worth the upgrade.


So the hatchback, which Kia labels the 5-door, is the more versatile Rio. The 5-door Rio version has a 60/40 split rear seat. There are over 17 cu ft. behind the rear seats. Of course, you can just fold them down and easily load in cargo.


The Rio offers one quality efficient engine. It’s powered by a 1.6-liter 4-cylinder rated at 130 horsepower and 119 lb-ft of torque. You get a choice of automatic or a manual transmission, and both return an impressive 32 miles per gallon combined.

Autotrader Says

Are you considering a smaller vehicle? Put the safe and attractive 2018 Kia Rio on your test drive list.

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