2016 Kia Rio

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$14,165

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2016 Kia Rio
2016 Kia Rio

Key specs

Base trim shown

Overview

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

3 trims

Starting msrp listed lowest to highest price

  • LX

    $15,495

  • EX

    $17,905

  • SX

    $20,755

Wondering which trim is right for you?

Our 2016 Kia Rio trim comparison will help you decide.

Notable features

  • 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 review: Our expert's take

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.

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.4
  • Interior design 4.6
  • Performance 4.5
  • Value for the money 4.6
  • Exterior styling 4.6
  • Reliability 4.8

Most recent consumer reviews

5.0

Great car

My Kia Rio is the best car I have owned. It is affordable, reliable and while practical, fun. It's a great car. I'm so happy I chose this car.

4.1

Good car Kia Rio5!

This is a good little car. My only complaint is that it doesn't hold it's value. Runs great, heart in the snow, fun and fast!

4.6

Reliable Car

This car meets my needs. Has great gas mileage. Small but has decent amount of space. Great car to drive in the city especially when needing to park. Runs very smooth. Also an eco friendly vehicle.

See all 66 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
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