Impressive standard and optional equipment; good on gas; reasonable sticker price; advanced engine technology; long standard warranty
Only base model offers manual transmission; not very quick; resale value getting better but still not at the Honda or Toyota level
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.
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
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.
|Basic||5 Years/60,000 Miles|
|Drivetrain||10 Years/100,000 Miles|
|Corrosion||5 Years/100,000 Miles|
|Roadside Assistance||5 Years/60,000 Miles|
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.