2018 Kia Rio
Finding a vehicle that perfectly balances affordability with high-tech features can be difficult – unless you’re looking at the 2018 Kia Rio. This subcompact car offers a peppy powertrain, modern interior, and a slew of standard and available features to turn your head. Add its surprisingly large cargo space, and the 2018 Rio is one well-rounded vehicle, whether you opt for the sedan or the hatchback model.
Both the Kia Rio and the Rio 5-Door are available in three trim levels: LX, S, and EX.
Powertrain & Performance
The 2018 Kia Rio has a single powertrain option, whether you opt for the sedan or the hatchback. This engine is a 1.6-liter inline four-cylinder engine, which comes mated to either a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic, depending on the trim level you choose. Regardless, it will put out a peppy 130 horsepower and 119 lb-ft of torque, giving you just enough oomph during acceleration to make your daily commute more fun.
Manual-transmission Rio models will have an EPA-estimated fuel-efficiency rating of 29 mpg in the city and 37 mpg on the highway.* For the automatic model, this number changes a bit with 28 mpg city and 37 mpg highway.*
*EPA fuel economy estimates. Actual mileage will vary with options, driving conditions, driving habits, and your vehicle’s condition.
The Rio is designed to be a budget-friendly model, but its interior doesn’t reflect this. Despite a low price tag, this subcompact car uses solid materials that create a comfortable atmosphere throughout the interior. A clean, modern design gives the cabin a fresh feel, while also streamlining the layout and providing a driver-oriented center console. If you like taking long trips, the seats will keep you in good shape, providing both support and comfort. When equipped with the available rear 60/40-split seat, you will find the Rio can easily pack any size cargo, even extra-long items. Its extra-wide trunk helps with this endeavor, too, allowing you to easily access the 17 cubic feet of cargo space available in the hatchback with the seats up or the 13.7 cubic feet available in the sedan.
Standard & Available Features
Kia doesn’t scrimp when it comes to standard and available features, and the Rio is no exception. Each Rio trim will come with a standard 5-inch touchscreen, an audio system that gives you access to SiriusXM® satellite radio, steering-wheel-mounted audio controls, and a 12-volt outlet to help your cell phone stay charged. If you’re looking for more bells and whistles, other available features include Siri® Eyes Free, cruise control, Bluetooth® wireless technology, along with leather upholstery, a rearview camera, and the UVO infotainment system.
The 2018 Kia Rio is truly a subcompact that doesn’t compromise, with a bright and efficient powertrain, a versatile interior (no matter the body type), and a strong list of standard and available features. Come see what the 2018 Rio has to offer with a test drive at Bert Ogden Mission Kia.