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2019 Kia Rio

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$15,390 — $16,490 MSRP
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Sedan
5 Seats
32 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

The Good

  • Stable handling
  • Quiet at cruising speed
  • Cargo room
  • Android Auto, Apple CarPlay available

The Bad

  • Tight backseat
  • Engine can be buzzy when pushed
  • Limited tech features on base trim
2019 Kia Rio exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2019 Kia Rio
  • Five-seat subcompact car
  • Sedan and four-door hatchback body styles
  • 130-hp four-cylinder engine
  • Six-speed automatic transmission

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2019 Kia Rio Review

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

What Is the 2019 Kia Rio?

Redesigned last year, the Kia Rio is a five-seat subcompact car that’s offered in sedan and four-door hatchback body styles. It’s powered by a 130-hp, 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine that drives a six-speed automatic transmission. Competitors include the Honda Fit, Ford Fiesta, Nissan Versa and Hyundai Accent.

What’s New on the 2019 Kia Rio?

There are no significant changes this year.

What Features in the 2019 Kia Rio Are Most Important?

Standard features include heated side mirrors, variable-intermittent windshield wipers, cloth upholstery, air conditioning and Bluetooth. Available features include LED headlights, a 7-inch touchscreen multimedia system, cruise control, low-speed automatic emergency braking and a 60/40-split, folding backseat.

Should I Buy the 2019 Kia Rio?

A city car that’s competent on the highway, the Rio also offers good cargo room regardless of whether you choose the sedan or hatchback version. However, its backseat is tight, and engine refinement dips when pushed.

 

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.4
32 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.6)
Performance
(4.4)
Interior Design
(4.5)
Comfort
(4.3)
Reliability
(4.6)
Value For The Money
(4.4)

Read reviews that mention:

(1.0)

Un drivable on windy day

by Mrtech931 from Lobelville, tn on October 26, 2019

Nice car until you drive on windy day. The car is all over the road while on the interstate when it’s windy. Scary to drive. Read full review

(5.0)

Classy and stylish

by JuneTx from Austin,Tx on October 17, 2019

Love the way this car looks ,handled and the gas mileage is unbelievable. I really liked having a smaller car instead of a bigger one. Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2019 Kia Rio currently has 0 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by Kia

New Car Program Benefits

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    60 months / 60,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    120 months / 100,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    60 months / 60,000 miles

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits

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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.
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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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