2011 Kia Rio

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$12,295

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2011 Kia Rio
2011 Kia Rio

Key specs

Base trim shown

Overview

The good:

  • Fuel economy
  • Safety features for its class
  • Transmission operation
  • Maneuverability
  • Ride comfort on most surfaces

The bad:

  • Backseat space and comfort

3 trims

Starting msrp listed lowest to highest price

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Our 2011 Kia Rio trim comparison will help you decide.

Notable features

  • 110-hp, 1.6-liter four-cylinder
  • Manual or automatic
  • Six standard airbags
  • Optional Bluetooth

2011 Kia Rio review: Our expert's take

Vehicle Overview

The Rio sedan is Kia’s entry in the competitive small-car segment. Trim levels include a bare-bones Base model, an LX and a sporty SX. The Rio competes with the Chevrolet Aveo and Toyota Yaris.

Kia’s Rio5 hatchback is covered separately in the Cars.com Research section.

New for 2011
Bluetooth connectivity was a late addition for the 2010 model year; for 2011, it is now available as part of the Value Package.

Exterior
The Rio features a black mesh grille and swept-back headlights. It’s available as a sedan or hatchback, which Kia calls the Rio5. Exterior features include:

  • Available 14-, 15- or 16-inch wheels
  • Standard auto-off headlamps
  • Optional heated and power-operated side mirrors
  • Optional rear spoiler
  • Optional fog lamps

Interior
The interior is fairly conservative. SX models include metal-finish dashboard accents, unique sport seat fabric and a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob with red stitching. Interior features include:

  • Optional air conditioning
  • Optional 60/40-split bench seat
  • Optional power windows and locks
  • Optional keyless entry
  • Optional steering-wheel-mounted audio controls
  • Optional USB interface for MP3 players
  • Optional floormats

Under the Hood
The base Rio is only available with a five-speed manual transmission.

  • 110-horsepower, 1.6-liter inline-four-cylinder engine with 107 pounds-feet of torque
  • Available four-speed automatic transmission
  • Optional power steering

Safety
Safety features include:

  • Standard side-impact airbags
  • Standard side curtain airbags
  • Standard child-safety locks
  • Optional antilock brakes with rear discs (LX and SX)


Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 3.2
  • Interior design 2.9
  • Performance 2.9
  • Value for the money 3.6
  • Exterior styling 3.6
  • Reliability 3.2

Most recent consumer reviews

5.0

Amazing car!

It runs and drives like its brand new! It is amazing on gas and it never lets me down, If you like smaller vehicles that’s good on gas I highly recommend the Kia Rio!

1.0

Very bad

Hate this car very bad on gas, transmission bad have ram foot in gas to make it go, had a Toyota filled up every two weeks this rio every four days, very disappointed with this car soon as paid off good bye!!!

3.7

Best Bang for Your Buck

This car is one of the cheapest cars to buy and own. Maintenance is almost dirt cheap and the gas mileage is pretty good. The interior could be more comfortable but I guess for it's price you had to sacrifice something. This is a weaker four cylinder compared to the other engines Kia produces so don't expect it to be a fast, zippy car. If you need cheap and reliable transportation, this is the car for you. The newer models seemed to have improved the interior comfort and even the engines. So maybe get a newer model although expect to pay more $$$ for it.

See all 14 consumer reviews

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by Kia
Certified pre-owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
5 years or newer/less than 60,000 miles
Basic warranty terms
12 months/12,000 miles
Powertrain
10 years/100,000 miles
Dealer certification required
164-point inspection
Roadside assistance
Yes
View all cpo program details

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