2016 Kia Rio

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Key Specs

of the 2016 Kia Rio. Base trim shown.

  • Body Type:
  • Combined MPG:
    31 Combined MPG
  • Engine:
    138-hp, 1.6-liter I-4 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain:
    Front-wheel Drive
  • Transmission:
    6-speed manual w/OD
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Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Aggressiveness of SX hatchback styling
  • Available upscale amenities
  • New sound-deadening materials

The Bad

  • Uncomfortable front seats
  • Tight backseat
  • No more manual transmission on hatchback

Notable Features of the 2016 Kia Rio

  • Restyled front and rear
  • Updated multimedia system
  • Sedan or hatchback
  • Available Eco Package includes stop-start technology
  • VSM safety system can automatically make steering corrections

2016 Kia Rio Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview

The 2016 Kia Rio subcompact sedan and hatchback get a fresh new face and lightly revised interior.

ExteriorThe new Rio has a more sophisticated look with a restyled, narrow grille that brings it in line with the Soul and Optima, more angular headlights and additional satin-finish trim. In back, there's redesigned taillights pushed farther to the corners for a more dynamic look. Two new colors, Urban Blue and Digital Yellow, join the color palette for 2016.

InteriorKia says the Rio should be quieter thanks to additional high-density foam inside. Other interior highlights include more satin-finish trim on the control panel and a new shiny black center stack surround.
Sedan and hatchback models will again be available in LX, EX and the top-line SX trim; the new EX Designer Package offers interior upgrades like black cloth seats with gray leatherette trim, along with gray padded door panel inserts and gray stitching on the steering wheel, center console armrest and shifter. The Eco Package, which returns for 2016, now includes the updated UVO multimedia system and a backup camera.


Under the HoodRio powertrains carry over for 2016. The 138-horsepower, 1.6-liter four-cylinder pairs with a standard six-speed manual transmission on the sedan. A six-speed auto is standard on the hatchback; Kia no longer offers a manual for the hatchback.

Vehicle Overview

The 2016 Kia Rio subcompact sedan and hatchback get a fresh new face and lightly revised interior.

ExteriorThe new Rio has a more sophisticated look with a restyled, narrow grille that brings it in line with the Soul and Optima, more angular headlights and additional satin-finish trim. In back, there's redesigned taillights pushed farther to the corners for a more dynamic look. Two new colors, Urban Blue and Digital Yellow, join the color palette for 2016.

InteriorKia says the Rio should be quieter thanks to additional high-density foam inside. Other interior highlights include more satin-finish trim on the control panel and a new shiny black center stack surround.
Sedan and hatchback models will again be available in LX, EX and the top-line SX trim; the new EX Designer Package offers interior upgrades like black cloth seats with gray leatherette trim, along with gray padded door panel inserts and gray stitching on the steering wheel, center console armrest and shifter. The Eco Package, which returns for 2016, now includes the updated UVO multimedia system and a backup camera.


Under the HoodRio powertrains carry over for 2016. The 138-horsepower, 1.6-liter four-cylinder pairs with a standard six-speed manual transmission on the sedan. A six-speed auto is standard on the hatchback; Kia no longer offers a manual for the hatchback.


2016 Rio Video

From the 2015 Chicago Auto Show, Cars.com's Kelsey Mays takes a look at the 2016 Kia Rio.

Latest 2016 Rio Stories

Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.6)
Performance
(4.5)
Interior Design
(4.5)
Comfort
(4.4)
Reliability
(4.8)
Value For The Money
(4.6)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

Best affordable car I have ever owned

by Pastor Don from Durango Colorado on September 15, 2018

This car meets all of my needs. It is great on gas, small and convenient for parking, yet large enough inside to accommodate friends and family. There are USB ports, power windows, a great stereo, ... Read full review

(5.0)

my 1st Kia. friend reccomended it.

by collinsj61 from somerset,pa. on August 6, 2018

1st new car i purchased in 10 years. will probably buy another Kia. very roomy inside. roof a little low when i get in & out. love the dash set up. easy to read. no spare tire. plenty of power & runs ... Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2016 Kia Rio currently has 0 recalls

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2016 Kia Rio has not been tested.

Manufacturer Warranty

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    60 months / 60,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    120 months / 100,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    60 months / 60,000 miles

CPO Program & Warranty

Certified Pre-Owned by Kia

Program Benefits

164-point inspection, Carfax vehicle history report, 10-year/unlimited mileage 24-hour roadside assistance including trip-interruption services and lockout assistance

  • Limited Warranty

    10 years / 100,000 miles

    10-year/100,000 mile powertrain limited warranty; towing/rental/travel breakdown benefits; eligible for additional comprehensive mechanical failure. Comprehensive: 12 months/12,000 miles from date of purchase.
  • Eligibility

    Under 5 years / 60,000 miles

    Vehicles receive a 164 point inspection and reconditioning.

    See inspection details.

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Rio received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

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.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

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.

What is included in 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).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

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.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

See also the latest CPO incentives by automaker