Like other compacts on the market, the 2017 Kia Rio is not exactly the most powerful of all the vehicles in its brand’s lineup. However, what the 2017 Rio does have is smarts, including an array of technology to enhance your drive. These features include
AM/FM/CD/MP3/SiriusXM® Satellite Audio System
A rear camera display
USB/Auxiliary input jacks
Bluetooth® wireless technology with steering-wheel-mounted controls
Active Eco System to maximize fuel economy
The 2017 Kia Rio isn’t just a product standing in a void, however. It is produced by a highly-award-winning automotive brand. While Kia receives many commendations for its specific models, it also has many awards that apply to the entire company and vehicle line. Awards, that is, such as J.D. Power’s Initial Quality Study award for highest quality among industry brands, as well as keeping a place for the last five years on Interbrand’s highly competitive list of the 100 Best Global Brands (in 2016, Kia moved up to number 69).
The 2017 Kia Rio may be a compact car, but that doesn’t mean that it can’t deliver on safety. When you are behind the wheel, you are surrounded by an array of safety features, such as
Dual front advanced airbags
Dual front seat-mounted side airbags
Full-length side curtain airbags
Anti-lock, four-wheel disc brakes
Vehicle Stability Management system
Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children (LATCH)
The 2017 Kia Rio can largely be considered a lightweight in the automaker’s lineup, holding a curb weight of only 2,729 pounds. As such, it requires very little in the way of engine power to move it around. However, it seems that the engineers at Kia didn’t care about that all too much, since the engine they installed is a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine that pumps out 138 horsepower and 123 lb-ft of torque. Add to that a six-speed automatic Overdrive transmission with Sportmatic® (which allows you to change gears without a clutch), and you have a bright, sporty compact.
Over the last several years, Kia as a brand has been updating the look of its vehicles to create a fleet of visually striking cars that you can see from a distance and know for a certainty that those are Kias. On the 2017 Rio, Kia has applied that design philosophy in certain ways—especially in the front fascia, which includes the brand’s signature grille. However, this particular model also received European-inspired updates to both its front and rear end to create a sleek, iconic look.
The 2017 Kia Rio comes in two different varieties: the Rio LX and the Rio EX.
This model begins at $14,165 MSRP, and comes in four exterior colors and two interior colors.
The EX begins a step up at $17,755 MSRP, expanding your choices to eight different exterior colors and three separate interior colors.