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2020 Kia Rio

2020 Kia Rio

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$15,850 — $16,790 MSRP
5 Seats
36 MPG
Key specs of the base trim
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Is this the car for you?

The Good

  • Stable handling
  • Quiet at cruising speed
  • Cargo room
  • Low-speed collision avoidance system available

The Bad

  • Tight backseat
  • New engine is less powerful than predecessor
2020 Kia Rio exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2020 Kia Rio
  • Apple CarPlay, Android Auto now standard
  • New four-cylinder engine, automatic transmission
  • Five-seat subcompact car
  • Sedan and four-door hatchback body styles

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2020 Kia Rio Review

from the expert editorial team

What Is the 2020 Kia Rio?

The Kia Rio is a front-wheel-drive, five-seat subcompact car that’s offered in sedan and four-door hatchback body styles. It’s powered by a new 120-horsepower, 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine that drives a continuously variable automatic transmission. Competitors include the Nissan Versa and Hyundai Accent.

What’s New on the 2020 Kia Rio?

The Rio gets a new 1.6-liter four-cylinder that’s slightly less powerful than the one the car had before, and the engine works with a new continuously variable automatic transmission. The combination delivers improved gas mileage; the Rio’s EPA combined fuel economy rating is now 36 mpg, which is 4 mpg better than last year. Additionally, a 7-inch touchscreen multimedia system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone connectivity is now standard.

What Features in the 2020 Kia Rio Are Most Important?

Standard features include heated side mirrors, variable-intermittent windshield wipers, cloth upholstery, air conditioning and Bluetooth. The Rio also offers available LED headlights and low-speed automatic emergency braking, an important active safety feature.

Should I Buy the 2020 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. Its backseat, however, is tight.

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

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One the best entry levels cars around

by Junior1951 from Floydada, Tx. on October 31, 2020

We own 3 Kias. 2 Kia souls and now a Kia Rio. This car is for my daughter. We have had very good reliability with our Kia cars. This was a purchase that fit our budget and will get her thru College. Read full review


Everything I need

by sburness98 from North Port on October 29, 2020

I dont need anything more than what currently comes on the 2020 kia rio. I love that it came with apple carplay as i plan to use it on the daily. Its very cute design and meets all my needs Read full review


Recalls and crash tests


The 2020 Kia Rio currently has 0 recalls

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2020 Kia Rio has not been tested.


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

Latest 2020 Rio Stories

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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.*


(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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