Engine, Transmission, and Performance Excellence
Experience the dynamic power of the Kia Rio, propelled by a 1.6-liter inline-four engine generating 120 horsepower. Paired with a continuously variable automatic transmission, the Rio may not be the fastest, but it delivers a respectable 8.6-second 0-60 mph time, comparable to many subcompact crossovers. Impressively, the Rio’s solid structure and well-tuned suspension offer a smooth ride, effectively absorbing bumps and controlling body roll in corners. While the steering may lack some communication, its precise and nicely weighted feel adds to the overall driving experience.
Fuel Economy and Real-World Efficiency
The Rio sedan and hatchback boast impressive fuel efficiency, with an EPA estimate of 32 mpg in the city and 41 on the highway. Real-world testing demonstrated the Rio’s capability, achieving 39 mpg in a 75-mph highway fuel economy test, slightly below the EPA highway rating but still commendable for its class.
Interior, Comfort, and Cargo Convenience
Step into the Rio’s interior, where simplicity meets sophistication. The dashboard presents a clean design with easy-to-use climate and audio controls. While hard plastics dominate, their textured finish adds a touch of refinement. Front seat space is more than adequate, but rear-seat passengers may find legroom restricted. The Rio hatchback offers additional space compared to the sedan’s trunk, yet neither is ideal for hauling extensive cargo. The folded seats, unfortunately, do not create a flat load floor in the hatch. Despite these limitations, the Rio impresses with a competitively sized center console and door pockets.