• (3.6) 7 reviews
  • Inventory Prices: $2,580–$9,880
  • Body Style: Sedan
  • Combined MPG: 31
  • Engine: 110-hp, 1.6-liter I-4 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain: Front-wheel Drive
  • Transmission: 5-speed manual w/OD
2011 Kia Rio

Our Take on the Latest Model 2011 Kia Rio

What We Don't Like

  • Backseat space and comfort

Notable Features

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

2011 Kia Rio Reviews

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.

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

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 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


Average based on 7 reviews

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Great around town car!

by Iringtwice from Meridianville, Al on September 13, 2017

Love the car! Great price and great gas mileage. Have had some issues with the ignition coil packs, seems to be a common problem, but not hard to repair if you have the inclination to do it your self... Read Full Review

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Service & Repair

Estimated Service & Repair cost: $3,900 per year.

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Warranties Explained


Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.


Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

Roadside Assistance

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

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