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2017 Kia Rio


City 27 MPG Hwy 36 MPG

Safety Rating

  • Overall Safety:
    4 stars
  • Frontal Crash:
    4 stars
  • Side Crash:
    5 stars

Vehicle crash and safety data is provided by NHTSA, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. NHTSA testing was established by Congress to reduce highway deaths and injuries.

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Overall Rating:
4.8 (out of 5)
Value 4.8
Exterior 4.9
Interior 4.7
Comfort 4.8
Performance 4.8
Reliability 5
Simple, reliable great MPG starter car

by CalebAsitWas from Oklahoma and surrounding states | May 10, 2019

This car is perfectly fine in every way I needed except for one minor fix that I would like to ask for future models, the car is just too low to the ground. I am no expert by any means, just use the car to get from point A to point B, and this car is perfect for me. Other than it being too low to the ground for my road situation in Oklahoma. I use it for main roads mostly, (even those can be rough at times) and I enjoy the freedom that the gas mileage gives me. I would recommend this to any first time or even competent understandering drivers who need a cheap reliable car for at least a few years. I had my first Kia for at least 8 years, and it was wrecked as some more elitist drivers would say "beyond repair," but it held up and it required minimum work and cost on my part at the time to keep it running. That'll do Kia, that'll do.

good little car

by KAKAKAKIAAAA from NJ | October 25, 2018

The manual crank windows are not bad if you are taller, I can reach every handle from the drivers seat. The 6spd trans is really good too! I can average 33mpg if I drive the speed limit.

Pleasantly surprised by KIA RIO

by Klseguin from Easy Syracuse, NY | August 18, 2018

Extremely comfortable and fun to drive. Pleased with average 35.5 mpg after my 3rd tank of gas. I do not have Cruise Controls so I'm glad the speedometer is large. Being able to adjust the seat height is great. Totally satisfied.

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2017 Kia Rio Overview


The 2017 Kia Rio is a subcompact car that comes as a 4-door sedan or a 5-door hatchback. It competes with the Honda Fit, Nissan Versa Note, and Ford Fiesta. This year, it remains largely unchanged.

Two trim levels are available for the Rio Sedan: the LX and EX. The Rio hatchback has three available trims: the LX, EX, and SX trims.

The Rio sedan and hatchback share some similarities such as the honeycomb grille flanked by large, bug-eyed headlights. The sedan has a singular wide-mouth fascia, while the hatchback’s fascia is more segmented. At the rear, the sedan utilizes a flattened, squared-off trunk-lid with rectangular taillights. The hatchback appears rounder and softer with its pillow-shaped taillights and short, sloping liftback. Power/heated side mirrors and 15-inch wheels come standard. Available features include projector headlights, front fog lights, LED taillights, chrome accents, turn signal indicators at the side mirrors, and larger 17-inch alloy wheels.

Under the hood the Rio keeps the same engine, a 138-hp, 1.6-liter four-cylinder that makes 123-feet of torque. It is mated to a six-speed manual on LX models, with a six-speed automatic available on the LX but standard on the EX and SX (all hatchback models come with the automatic, regardless of trim level). SX models get a sportier suspension and paddle shifters for a more spirited driving experience.

There is not much difference in terms of cargo room between the two body styles, surprisingly. The sedan offers 13.7 cubic feet of trunk space, while the hatchback increases that only 1.3 cubic feet to 15.0. Where the hatchback really offers more space is when you fold the 60/40-split second row forward, opening up 49.8 cubic feet of room.

Standard features include cloth upholstery, satellite radio, air conditioning, USB port, and two 12v charging outlets. The optional UVO2 infotainment system includes updates to UVO eServices; eServices connects the Rio to your smartphone via an app and offers services like a parking minder that remembers where you parked, roadside assistance, and vehicle diagnostics. Also available on the 2016 Rio are Bluetooth connectivity, push button start, navigation, leather upholstery, and heated front seats.

Standard safety features include six airbags, electronic stability control, and antilock brakes. A rearview camera is available.