2016 Kia Rio

2016 Kia Rio
2016 Kia Rio

2016 Kia Rio


Vehicle Highlights

  • Fuel Economy: 27 mpg City, 38 mpg Hwy
  • Engine: 1.6 L Regular Unleaded I-4, 138 HP
  • Transmission: Manual
  • Drive Train: Front Wheel Drive
  • Passengers: 5
  • Doors: 4

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What You Will Like

Good fuel economy and decent power are two of the main points that will ring relevant to those cross-shopping the Rio against any of the competition. In addition to being one of the lowest-priced cars in the U.S. market, the 2016 Rio is unique for being one of the few non-hybrid cars in its class to feature fuel-saving engine start/stop technology, which momentarily shuts the engine off at stoplights. Kia notes that 85 percent of the Rio's materials are recyclable at the end of the vehicle's lifespan and that seat foams are 100-percent biodegradable. The Rio's great design, inside and out, its strong body structure and enhanced safety and its smooth direct-injection engine and 6-speed transmissions are all other very good reasons to consider the Rio in a crowded class that includes the Ford Fiesta, Chevrolet Sonic, Mazda2, Honda Fit and Toyota Yaris among others.

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What's New For 2016

The Kia Rio gets a few styling tweaks for 2016 along with an updated interior and a couple of new colors. The front end of the Rio gets the most obvious changes, with a new grill, slightly repositioned headlights and new fog light surrounds. Inside, Kia has added a few higher end looking trim pieces as well as improving their UVO infotainment system.


  • Basic Warranty: 5 Years / 60,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain Warranty: 10 Years / 100,000 Miles
  • Roadside Assistance: 5 Years / 60,000 Miles

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NHTSA Crash Test Rating

  • Frontal Driver: 4 stars
  • Frontal Passenger: 4 stars
  • Side Driver: 4 stars
  • Side Passenger: 5 stars
  • Rollover Rating: 4 stars

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Specifications for 2016 Kia Rio

Standard Equipment

  • Safety Options
    • Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
    • ABS And Driveline Traction Control
    • Side Impact Beams
    • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Seat-Mounted Side Airbags
    • Low Tire Pressure Warning
    • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Front Airbags
    • Curtain 1st And 2nd Row Airbags
    • Airbag Occupancy Sensor
    • Rear Child Safety Locks
    • Outboard Front Lap And Shoulder Safety Belts -inc: Rear Center 3 Point, Height Adjusters and Pretensioners
  • Entertainment Features
    • Integrated Roof Antenna
    • Digital Signal Processor
    • Radio w/Seek-Scan, Clock, Speed Compensated Volume Control and Internal Memory
    • Radio: AM/FM/CD MP3 Audio System -inc: Sirius satellite radio, 4 speakers, USB/auxiliary input jacks and steering wheel-mounted audio controls
  • Exterior Features
    • Wheels: 15" x 5.5j Steel w/Full Covers
    • Tires: P185/65R15
    • Spare Tire Mobility Kit
    • Clearcoat Paint
    • Body-Colored Front Bumper w/Black Bumper Insert
    • Body-Colored Rear Bumper w/Black Bumper Insert
    • Black Side Windows Trim
    • Body-Colored Door Handles
    • Body-Colored Power Heated Side Mirrors w/Manual Folding
    • Fixed Rear Window w/Defroster
    • Light Tinted Glass
    • Variable Intermittent Wipers
    • Fully Galvanized Steel Panels
    • Black Grille
    • Trunk Rear Cargo Access
    • Auto Off Aero-Composite Halogen Headlamps
  • Interior Features
    • Front Bucket Seats -inc: 6-way adjustable driver's seat
    • 4-Way Passenger Seat -inc: Manual Recline and Fore/Aft Movement
    • 60-40 Folding Bench Front Facing Fold Forward Seatback Rear Seat
    • Manual Tilt Steering Column
    • Gauges -inc: Speedometer, Odometer, Engine Coolant Temp, Tachometer, Trip Odometer and Trip Computer
    • Manual Rear Windows
    • 5 Person Seating Capacity
    • Front Cupholder
    • Rear Cupholder
    • Remote Entry w/Illuminated Ignition Switch
    • Remote Releases -Inc: Mechanical Trunk/Hatch and Mechanical Fuel
    • Manual Air Conditioning
    • HVAC -inc: Underseat Ducts
    • Illuminated Glove Box
    • Driver Foot Rest
    • Interior Trim -inc: Metal-Look/Piano Black Instrument Panel Insert, Chrome And Metal-Look Interior Accents
    • Full Cloth Headliner
    • Urethane Gear Shift Knob
    • Woven Cloth Seat Trim
    • Day-Night Rearview Mirror
    • Driver And Passenger Visor Vanity Mirrors
    • Full Floor Console w/Storage and 2 12V DC Power Outlets
    • Fade-To-Off Interior Lighting
    • Full Carpet Floor Covering -inc: Carpet Front And Rear Floor Mats
    • Carpet Floor Trim and Carpet Trunk Lid/Rear Cargo Door Trim
    • Cargo Features -inc: Spare Tire Mobility Kit
    • Cargo Space Lights
    • Driver And Passenger Door Bins
    • Manual 1st Row Windows
    • Trip Computer
    • Outside Temp Gauge
    • Analog Display
    • Manual w/Tilt Front Head Restraints and Manual Adjustable Rear Head Restraints
    • 2 Seatback Storage Pockets
    • Engine Immobilizer
    • 2 12V DC Power Outlets
    • Air Filtration
  • Mechanical Features
    • Engine: 1.6L GDI 16-Valve 4-Cylinder -inc: aluminum block
    • Transmission: 6-Speed Manual
    • Front-Wheel Drive
    • 3.83 Axle Ratio
    • 36-Amp/Hr 410CCA Maintenance-Free Battery w/Run Down Protection
    • 90 Amp Alternator
    • Gas-Pressurized Shock Absorbers
    • Front Anti-Roll Bar
    • Electric Power-Assist Speed-Sensing Steering
    • 11.4 Gal. Fuel Tank
    • Single Stainless Steel Exhaust
    • Strut Front Suspension w/Coil Springs
    • Torsion Beam Rear Suspension w/Coil Springs
    • 4-Wheel Disc Brakes w/4-Wheel ABS, Front Vented Discs, Brake Assist and Hill Hold Control

Tech Specs

  • Brakes Features
    • Brake ABS System - 4-Wheel
    • Disc - Front (Yes or ) - Yes
    • Disc - Rear (Yes or ) - Yes
    • Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) - 10.1
    • Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) - 10.3
  • Cargo Area Dimensions Features
    • Trunk Volume (ft³) - 13.7
  • Electrical Features
    • Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) - 410
    • Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) - 90
  • Engine Features
    • Engine Type - Regular Unleaded I-4
    • Displacement - 1.6 L/97
    • Fuel System - Direct Gasoline Injection
    • SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM - 138 @ 6300
    • SAE Net Torque @ RPM - 123 @ 4850
  • Exterior Dimensions Features
    • Wheelbase (in) - 101.2
    • Length, Overall (in) - 172
    • Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) - 67.7
    • Height, Overall (in) - 57.3
    • Tread Width, Front (in) - 59.8
    • Tread Width, Rear (in) - 60
    • Min Ground Clearance (in) - 5.5
  • Fuel Tank Features
    • Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) - 11.4
  • Interior Dimensions Features
    • Passenger Capacity - 5
    • Passenger Volume (ft³) - 88.4
    • Front Head Room (in) - 40
    • Front Leg Room (in) - 43.8
    • Front Shoulder Room (in) - 53.1
    • Front Hip Room (in) - 52.1
    • Second Head Room (in) - 37.6
    • Second Leg Room (in) - 31.1
    • Second Shoulder Room (in) - 52.1
    • Second Hip Room (in) - 51.2
  • Mileage Features
    • Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) - 31
    • EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) - 27
    • EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) - 38
  • Steering Features
    • Steering Type - Rack-Pinion
    • Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) - 33.5
  • Summary Features
    • Vehicle Name - Kia Rio
    • Body Style - Sedan
  • Suspension Features
    • Suspension Type - Front - Strut
    • Suspension Type - Rear - Torsion Beam
    • Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) - Strut
    • Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) - Torsion Beam
  • Tires Features
    • Front Tire Size - P185/65TR15
    • Rear Tire Size - P185/65TR15
  • Transmission Features
    • Drivetrain - Front Wheel Drive
    • Trans Type - 6
    • Trans Description Cont. - Manual w/OD
    • First Gear Ratio (:1) - 3.77
    • Second Gear Ratio (:1) - 2.04
    • Third Gear Ratio (:1) - 1.29
    • Fourth Gear Rato (:1) - 1.04
    • Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) - 0.89
    • Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) - 0.77
    • Reverse Ratio (:1) - 3.70
    • Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) - 3.83
  • Vehicle Features
    • EPA Classification - Compact Cars
    • Annual CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year - 5.7
  • Weight Information Features
    • Base Curb Weight (lbs) - 2494
  • Wheels Features
    • Front Wheel Size (in) - 15 X 5.5
    • Rear Wheel Size (in) - 15 X 5.5
    • Front Wheel Material - Steel
    • Rear Wheel Material - Steel

2016 Kia Rio Photos & Colors


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Available Colors

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  • Bright Silver Metallic Clear White Digital Yellow Urban Blue Pearl Metallic
  • Bright Silver Metallic
  • Clear White
  • Digital Yellow
  • Urban Blue Pearl Metallic

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The Kia Rio is a front-wheel-drive subcompact that comes in Rio Sedan four-door and Rio 5-Door hatchback versions. The Rio offers good looks, smooth operation, and is equipped well. The current-generation Rio was redesigned for the 2012 model year and has been updated for 2016.

The 2016 Kia Rio Sedan and 2016 Rio 5-Door get revised front and rear fascia that make these little cars look wider. The new grille adopts a geometric pattern, familiar from other Kia models. Foglamps gain satin-finish bezels for 2016, and the rear reflectors have moved to the far corners. Greater use of high-density foam promises to reduce noise, vibration, and harshness on 2016 Rio models. A rearview camera and UVO telematics are now part of the Eco package.

All 2016 Kia Rio models have a 138-horsepower, 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine. A 6-speed manual gearbox is standard for the sedan, with 6-speed automatic optional. All Rio 5-Door models come with the automatic. These cars run smoothly, but the driver should not expect swift reactions when it’s time to pass or merge.

Fuel economy is average. Both powertrains get a 31-mpg Combined (city/highway) estimate from the Environmental Protection Agency. The Eco model scored 1 mpg higher in city driving.

Because the rakishly styled Rio is among the smallest subcompacts on the market, a snug back seat isn’t a surprise. Partially offsetting that shortage of space is the high quality of the materials in the cabin, which convey a premium feeling that’s uncommon in the subcompact field. Some interior details, such as the use of toggle switches for climate control, seem like relics of the past, but upper trim levels get a big touchscreen.

Safety scores are middling. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gives Rio a four-star rating overall. But several cautionary notes were added, because of intrusion into the vehicle during crash-testing. Rio was rated Good, its highest praise, by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety in moderate frontal-impact, rear-impact and roof strength but only Acceptable for side-impact and only Marginal in the new small-overlap test, not great scores.


The 2016 Kia Rio LX comes with manual gearbox ($14,165) or automatic ($15,395), air conditioning, cloth upholstery, four-speaker audio, CD player, satellite radio, USB port, steering-wheel audio controls, tilt steering, split-folding rear seatbacks, power mirrors, and 15-inch steel wheels. Hatchback is automatic-only. An LX Power package adds power windows and door locks and remote keyless entry.

Rio EX ($17,755) has an automatic transmission, knit cloth upholstery, cruise control, Bluetooth connectivity, power windows with one-touch auto-up/down for the driver, power locks, remote keyless entry with trunk release, foglamps, a tilt/telescopic steering column, and 15-inch alloy wheels.

Rio SX ($20,755) adds 17-inch wheels, a sport suspension, bigger front brakes, paddle shifters, LED taillight and headlight accents, automatic headlights, sunroof, rearview camera, navigation, leather seat trim, and heated front seats.


By employing clean, almost European body lines, Kia stylists working on the Rio sedan avoided the tall-trunk appearance of some subcompact sedans. Still, the five-door hatchback has a more coherent look, resulting in a higher level of vitality than the four-door sedan. In comparison, the sedan doesn’t seem quite proportional, and looks slightly tall. Even so, the Kia Rio sedan profile appears more successful than some other subcompact sedans, including the Ford Fiesta.

More than the typical subcompact, the Rio’s contrasting grille, coupled with swept-back headlights and a neatly rounded rear end, suggest the lines of a classic hot-hatch rather than an econocar. Angular bodyside creases yield quite a rakish visual persona for a budget-priced car.


Because the Rio is comparatively small, occupants are more likely to feel cramped. Interior space falls short of several rivals, including the Honda Fit and Nissan Versa Note. A sloping roofline doesn’t help.

On the other hand, the Rio benefits from a well-coordinated, carefully appointed interior that imparts a premium, almost upscale aura. Comfortable front seats have relatively long cushions, as well as helpful fore/aft seat travel. Seats in the sporty SX have more bolstering than other trims, but are still on the mild side.

Backseat occupants will feel more snug than in a Fit or Versa. When front seats are pushed all the way rearward, there’s little space for passenger knees or feet. Headroom also is scant.

Honda’s Fit leads the subcompact pack in cargo versatility, but the Rio hatchback isn’t so far behind.

Adding the optional rearview camera would be prudent, because the five-door Rio suffers from some serious blind spots.

Driving Impressions

Rio is a mix of small-car bonuses and shortcomings. The 1.6-liter engine runs and revs smoothly, and sounds are largely subdued when underway. Though short of swift when driven gently, it’s not fully sluggish. Energy is sufficient as long you push the pedal somewhat aggressively when necessary. With either transmission, though, acceleration is relatively slow-paced. Think 10 seconds or so, to reach 60 miles per hour, which is lethargic performance.

For a small, economy-focused car on a short wheelbase, Rio handles surprisingly well, remaining composed and collected under just about every driving condition. Steering does not provide sufficient feedback, though it’s a little better with the sportier SX. Still, no Rio matches the Ford Fiesta in suitably weighted, responsive steering.

The ride is comfortable, lacking the bounciness, or overreactions that tend to be typical of small cars. Sporty SX trim brings a slightly stiffer ride, largely because of its lower-profile tires, but the difference is minimal.

As for fuel economy, the most thrifty Rio gets an EPA estimate of 27/38 mpg City/Highway (31 mpg Combined) with manual shift, or 27/37 mpg with automatic. The Honda Fit earned a Combined estimate of 36 mpg. An Active Eco button, optional on LX but standard on others, can soften throttle response. With an automatic transmission, it can alter shift timing as well.


The Kia Rio subcompact has an impressive feature and equipment list for the price, as well as a smooth powertrain and a more dashing design than most competitors. Those virtues are offset by meager safety ratings and a snug back seat. The Honda Fit has far more interior space, while the Chevrolet Sonic rides more smoothly, yielding greater comfort. The Ford Fiesta is more fun.

Driving impressions by John Voelcker, The Car Connection. James M. Flammang contributed to this report.

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