2016 Kia Rio

Original MSRP Range
$14,165 - $20,905
Available Style(s)
Hatchback, Sedan
27 - 27 MPG City / 37 - 38 MPG Hwy
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2016 Kia Rio

What We Like

Impressive standard and optional equipment; good on gas; reasonable sticker price; advanced engine technology; long standard warranty

What We Don't

Only base model offers manual transmission; not very quick; resale value getting better but still not at the Honda or Toyota level


Expert Rating

4.3/ 5

Consumer Rating

4.3/ 5


What's New in the 2016 Kia Rio?

For 2016, the Kia Rio and Rio 5-door get freshened front and rear styling, some interior enhancements and an upgraded UVO eServices package. The 6-speed manual transmission is no longer offered on the Rio 5-door, while the contents of last year's Premium package are made standard on the SX trim. 

Which Rio is the Best?

The choice between the Rio sedan and Rio 5-door hatchback is up to you. Visually, we like the sedan's proportions, but for functionality, the 5-door hatchback is the more logical choice. Whichever model you pick, we'd opt for the EX trim, which has all the features you'll need. With the $1,000 Convenience package, which adds the SX's UVO eServices, power-folding mirrors and a backup camera, the price is still well under $20,000. Find a Kia Rio for sale


How Much Does a 2016 Kia Rio Cost?

Both the 2016 Kia Rio and Rio 5-door come in three trims: LX, EX and SX. Only the LX sedan offers a choice between a 6-speed manual or a 6-speed automatic transmission.

The Rio LX ($14,990 sedan; $16,320 5-door) includes a 6-speed manual transmission (sedan), 15-inch steel wheels with covers, heated power side mirrors, a rear defroster, a rear wiper/washer (on the 5-door), an AM/FM/CD/MP3 stereo with satellite radio and USB/auxiliary inputs, steering-wheel-mounted audio controls, a tilt steering column, air conditioning, a 60/40-split folding rear seat and cloth seating. The Rio 5-door LX comes standard with a 6-speed automatic.

The Rio EX ($18,580 sedan; $18,730 5-door) gains a 6-speed automatic transmission, power windows, power locks, keyless remote entry, Bluetooth, cruise control, A-pillar-mounted tweeters, a tilt-telescopic steering column and premium cloth seats.

The Rio SX ($21,580 sedan; $21,730 5-door) adds a sport-tuned suspension, navigation with SiriusXM Traffic, push-button starting with a smart key, a power moonroof, heated front seats and leather seating surfaces. Also standard are ventilated front disc brakes, 17-in alloy wheels, power-folding side mirrors with turn-signal indicators, fog lights, LED taillights, UVO eServices, a rear backup camera, steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters, auto on/off headlights and a soft-touch dash pad.

Options for the LX are limited to a 6-speed automatic transmission, power windows, power locks and keyless entry. The EX Eco Package adds Idle Stop/Go, UVO, a rear backup camera and auto headlights. The Designer Package adds black and grey cloth and leather seating with contrasting stitching, a rearview camera, a 4.3-inch color touchscreen and automatic headlights.

Rio Trims

HatchbackOriginal MSRP / PriceEngineHorsepowerCity MPG / Hwy MPGTransmissionDrive
Rio 5dr HB Auto EX$17,905 / N/A4 Cylinder13827 / 376-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD
Rio 5dr HB Auto LX$15,495 / N/A4 Cylinder13827 / 376-Speed Manual / 6-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD
Rio 5dr HB Auto SX$20,905 / N/A4 Cylinder13827 / 376-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD
SedanOriginal MSRP / PriceEngineHorsepowerCity MPG / Hwy MPGTransmissionDrive
Rio 4dr Sdn Auto EX$17,755 / N/A4 Cylinder13827 / 376-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD
Rio 4dr Sdn Auto LX$15,395 / N/A4 Cylinder13827 / 376-Speed Manual / 6-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD
Rio 4dr Sdn Auto SX$20,755 / N/A4 Cylinder13827 / 376-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD
Rio 4dr Sdn Man LX$14,165 / N/A4 Cylinder138N/A6-Speed Manual / 6-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD
Kia Rio Safety

Is the 2016 Kia Rio a Safe Car?

Every Rio and Rio 5-door comes standard with front, front side-impact, and front and rear side-curtain airbags. Also standard are a 4-wheel anti-lock braking system, electronic traction control and stability control. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) rates both the Rio and Rio 5-door with a 4-star safety rating. It's important to note, however, that while the Rio earned five stars in its side-impact test, the rear-seat passenger dummy suffered what would be considered a high lower-spine acceleration event, causing NHTSA to place a warning for possible thoracic rib injury to the rear-seat occupant.

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Original Warranty

Basic5 Years/60,000 Miles
Drivetrain10 Years/100,000 Miles
Corrosion5 Years/100,000 Miles
Roadside Assistance5 Years/60,000 Miles

Safety Features & Equipment

Braking & Traction
  • 4-Wheel Anti-Lock Brakes
  • Brake Assist
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System
  • Traction Control
Passenger Restraint
  • Child Safety Locks
  • Driver Air Bag
  • Passenger Air Bag
  • Rear Side Curtain Airbags
  • Side Air Bag
  • Side Head Air Bag
Road Visibility
  • Fog Lights
Accident Prevention
  • Bluetooth, Hands-Free
  • Rearview Camera
  • Vehicle Anti-Theft System


2016 Kia Rio vs the competition

2016 Chevrolet Sonic -- The Sonic is about the same size as the Rio and Rio 5-door, gets slightly better fuel economy and can be equipped with a turbocharged engine that makes it much more fun to drive. The Rio, on the other hand, has a better warranty and offers more advanced technology and audio options.

2016 Honda Fit -- The Fit offers more interior room, but its boxy hatchback styling isn't as handsome as the Rio 5-door's, and its warranty isn't as long. The new Fit's resale value is superior to the Rio's, and it gets better fuel economy with a little less hp.

2016 Nissan Versa -- The Versa may not win any beauty contests, but it could walk away with a best-in-class award for interior room and comfort, lowest base price and best fuel economy. The Rio may not have as big a back seat, but it does have more features and a longer standard warranty.

Used Honda Civic -- A used 2012-2014 Honda Civic will give you more interior room, more power and a much better manual transmission. A Civic DX or LX won't be as technologically equipped as a Rio SX, but you can always upgrade to a nice aftermarket navigation radio, if need be.

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