2017 Kia Rio

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$14,165–$20,905 MSRP range
Key Specs
Our Take
Safety & Recalls
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Key Specs

of the 2017 Kia Rio. Base trim shown.

  • Body Type:
  • Combined MPG:
    30-31 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

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

The Bad

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

Notable Features of the 2017 Kia Rio

  • 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 Overview

By Cars.com Editors
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

Latest 2017 Rio Stories

Consumer Reviews

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What Drivers Are Saying


Pleasantly surprised by KIA RIO

by Klseguin from Easy Syracuse, NY on August 18, 2018

Extremely comfortable and fun to drive. Pleased with average 35.5 mpg after my 3rd tank of gas. I do not have Cruise Controls so I'm glad the speedometer is large. Being able to adjust the seat height ... Read full review


The perfect fit for me.

by groyal from Atlanta, GA on August 14, 2018

This was the biggest purchase I've ever made. I was a little apprehensive at first, but I couldn't be more thrilled with my decision. I absolutely love it. Read full review

Safety & Recalls


The 2017 Kia Rio currently has 0 recalls

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2017 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.*

Forward-facing convertible

(second row)



(second row)

* 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.

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