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
The 2017 Kia Rio carries over with only minor changes. The SX sedan is dropped, while red and black paint colors are added to the LX trim's color choices. See the 2017 Kia Rio models for sale near you
The choice between the Rio sedan and the 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. Add the Designer and Eco packages, and you'll come away with a very well-equipped car for well under $21,000. Find a Kia Rio for sale
The 2017 Rio 5-door come in three trims: LX, EX and SX. The Rio sedan is offered only in LX and EX. Only the LX sedan offers a choice between a 6-speed manual or a 6-speed automatic transmission.
The Rio LX ($15,015 sedan, $16,345 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 ($18,605 sedan, $18,755 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 ($21,755 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, UVO2 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 and Go, UVO2, a rearview camera and auto headlights. The Designer Package adds black-and-grey cloth and leather seating with contrasting stitching, a rearview camera, a 4.3-in 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|
2017 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.
2017 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 Fit's resale value is superior to the Rio's, and it gets better fuel economy with a little less power.
2017 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 2012-2015 Honda Civic will give you more interior room, more power and a much better manual transmission. Find an SE, and you'll gain Honda's LaneWatch, automatic climate control and touchscreen audio, while the Si adds a sport-tuned suspension, a more powerful engine and a 6-speed manual.