The story for features isn't much better. Seats contain proper bolstering, with front cushions that are comparatively long for a subcompact. Roadside Assistance Most certified pre-owned programs offer free roadside service in case your car breaks down while still under warranty. It gets a respectable 6 out of 10 on our style gauge. The Rio earned a Marginal rating in the small overlap test and an Acceptable rating in the side impact test.
However, taller passengers will find rear legroom to be tight. Unlike the Rio, which doesn't offer much in the way of safety features, the Sonic has a standard rearview camera and is available with forward collision alert, lane departure warning, and rear park assist. Acceleration to 60 mph, after all, takes about 10 seconds, putting it among the slowest cars on the road. The point inspection list is simply a numbered list of exactly what parts of the car are examined. It'll hold five adults, but please, make it quick. The 6-speed autobox doesn't have a performance mode, but its gears are well spaced. The 2017 Kia Rio has slightly below-average fuel economy estimates for the class.
As for safety, the Kia Rio trails its competition, with relatively weak crash-test results. The Designer package adds leather-trimmed cloth seats, contrast stitching, and a rearview camera. It's nearly the same story when comparing the sedan versions of the Rio and Nissan Versa. There is plenty of headroom in both rows, and legroom is plentiful in the front seats. The Rio seats five people on standard cloth seats. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2017 Rio four out of five stars for overall, front, and rollover crash tests, and five stars in the side crash test.
Put simply: there are more, safer cars on the road today. You can save money by shopping for an older model — and feel confident in doing so, as they all have decent overall scores in our rankings. Examples of non-covered items are brake pads, wiper blades and filters. Excuse our phrase, but the base Rio sedan is still a stripper: hand-crank windows, locks and a row-your-own 6-speed. In addition to weak packaging of options, safety scores are a major deficit.
The Rio has a sloped roofline that cuts into rear head room, and puts it behind the related Hyundai Accent in overall interior space. Leather upholstery and heated front seats are available. Known for its bland, rounded shapes, Kia's effort in the Rio shows in crisper lines and better edges. In addition to the original warranty, select items, like tires, are typically covered by respective manufacturers. Traditional-type toggle switches operate the climate-control system.
Driving impressions by Aaron Cole, The Car Connection. It gets 27 mpg in the city and 36 mpg on the highway with either the manual or automatic transmission. Federal testers gave it a four-star overall rating out of five and noted that rear seat passengers risk increased injury in side collisions. Overall, cargo space is no better than you'd expect of a subcompact—although big boxes and travel bags will fit within the nicely squared-off cargo hold or the sedan's sizable trunk. Two-tone interior-trim treatments look quite nice. Offered in four-door sedan and five-door hatchback form, Kia Rio promises good gas mileage and an attractive base price. Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Rio? The Rio's only performance shortcoming is a bumpy ride, which drops it one point below average for a 4 out of 10.
Ask your local dealer about specific details. Kia made no major changes to the Rio between those years. We give it a 4 out of 10 for comfort, deducting a point for seat comfort. What do the Safety Ratings mean? Last year, Kia added additional sound-deadening foam to some structural members, to quiet the cabin. It simulates crashes that can occur in intersections by striking a 3,015-pound weight against the side of a vehicle at 38. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less chance of injury. While the 2018 Rio offers more rear-seat legroom than the 2017 model, the 2018 hatchback has significantly lower maximum cargo capacity roughly 17 cubic feet less with the rear seats folded down.
Side Impact Crash Test - Front: Focuses on the front side of a vehicle. If you're looking for standard a la carte options like heated seats or a moonroof, may we interest you in a warm jacket and a walk in the park instead? For brief trips, at least, a Rio can hold five adults. However, with the base powertrain, the 2017 Chevy Sonic earns lower fuel economy estimates than the Rio. Go with the Rio; it performs better and has more available features. We like the crisp lines and European attitude about the Rio, but we found that a stylish swooping roofline writes a bad check that rear seat passengers pay for in head room. Inside, the Rio is wholly acceptable with some soft-touch surfaces and flair found in more expensive competitors.
How Reliable Is the 2017 Kia Rio? On either body, the neat contrasting grille, swept-back headlights, and rounded rear end call out to classic hot-hatch lines without getting too carried away. It helps the car accelerate fairly quickly, but it can be somewhat noisy and unrefined at highway speeds. The Kia Rio won't impress on its safety record, either. Don't ask for a sunroof or heated seats in the Kia Rio, they're just not in the cards at all. The Kia Rio earns a 4. The new Rio should continue to be available as a sedan or hatchback but expect a new family of turbocharged engines to replace the current powertrain choice.