2017 Kia Rio

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$14,165

starting MSRP

Key specs

Base trim shown

Sedan

Body style

31

Combined MPG

5

Seating capacity

172” x 57.3”

Dimensions

Front-wheel drive

Drivetrain

Overview

The good:

  • Aggressive styling (SX hatchback)
  • Available upscale amenities
  • Sound-deadening materials

The bad:

  • Uncomfortable front seats
  • Tight backseat
  • No manual transmission for hatchback

3 trims

Starting msrp listed lowest to highest price

  • LX

    $14,165

  • EX

    $17,755

  • SX

    $20,905

Wondering which trim is right for you?

Our 2017 Kia Rio trim comparison will help you decide.

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Notable features

  • Sedan or four-door hatchback
  • Direct-injection four-cylinder engine standard
  • Manual or automatic transmission
  • Stop-start technology available
  • Vehicle Stability Management safety system can automatically make steering corrections

2017 Kia Rio review: Our expert's take

Vehicle Overview

What it is: The 2017 Kia Rio is a subcompact car that’s available in sedan and four-door hatchback form. Competitors include the Chevrolet Sonic, Ford Fiesta and Honda Fit.
New for 2017
There are no significant changes.
Significant Standard Features

  • 138-horsepower, 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine
  • Six-speed manual transmission
  • Front-wheel drive
  • Heated side mirrors
  • Air conditioning
  • 60/40-split folding rear seat
  • Required in every new car: front airbags, antilock brakes and an electronic stability system

Significant Available Features

  • Six-speed automatic transmission
  • 17-inch alloy wheels
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Power windows and locks 
  • Power moonroof
  • Navigation system
  • Backup camera
  • Cruise control 
  • Automatic headlights
  • Heated front seats
  • Leather upholstery

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.8
  • Interior 4.7
  • Performance 4.7
  • Value 4.8
  • Exterior 4.8
  • Reliability 4.9

Most recent consumer reviews

5.0

Most reliable car I've owned

I wouldn't drive any other car, have had a KIA for the pass 10 years, reliable, easy to drive and has given me good mileage.

4.0

Great affordable compact car

My husband and I bought this car to replace our 2003 Ford Focus. We were looking for a smaller car with good gas mileage to get him to and from work each day. This is a really nice compact car. It fits our child's large car seat in the back seat and the car seat still needs to be rear facing (a must for us). We were also looking at Ford Fiestas but the back seats were much smaller and didn't fit our needs. The Kia Rio had decent reviews rated a 4/5 overall. That is how I would also describe this car. It is not a car with a ton of bells and whistles but it is updated, gets great gas mileage and was a great upgrade from the older focus that we traded in. The 2017 Kia Rio that we purchased also has never had any recalls on it yet, so that was also a nice bonus. The back seat seams to feel larger than the backseat of our older focus so that is also a plus. If you are looking for a car that can get you too and from easily, good gas mileage, affordable, and a compact style car, the Kia Rio is a really nice option and one that I would recommend.

5.0

First time car buyer, very happy with my decision.

I love the display panel, everything is well lit. All controls is not complicated. The seating is very comfortable, you can adjust the height of the seat. Love the Sirius radio that is available. Came with 3 months free. Yay!!!! It cost only 25 dollars to fill up and I burn midgrade.

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Safety

Based on the 2017 Kia Rio base trim.
Combined side rating front seat
4
Combined side rating rear seat
5
Frontal barrier crash rating driver
4
Frontal barrier crash rating passenger
4
Overall frontal barrier crash rating
4
Overall rating
4
Overall side crash rating
5
Risk of rollover
11.6%
Rollover rating
4
Side barrier rating
4
Side barrier rating driver
4
Side barrier rating passenger rear seat
5
Side pole rating driver front seat
5

Warranty

New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Kia
New car program benefits
Bumper-to-bumper
60 months/60,000 miles
Corrosion
60 months/100,000 miles
Powertrain
120 months/100,000 miles
Roadside assistance
60 months/60,000 miles
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
6 years or newer/less than 80,000 miles
Basic warranty terms
12 months/12,000 miles
Powertrain
10 years/100,000 miles
Dealer certification required
165-point inspection
Roadside assistance
Yes
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