2017 Kia Rio

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Kia Rio highlights

Customer rating


  • Zippy acceleration
  • Many standard features
  • Hatchback option


  • Telescoping steering wheel isn't standard
  • No all-wheel-drive option
  • Bland handling

Mileage (EPA estimate)

27 city, 36 highway, 30 combined

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All Kia Rio years

What is new for the 2017 Kia Rio?

  • The SX trim has been discontinued for 2017.
  • Leatherette & Cloth features are now available as options on select trims.
  • The EX trim now comes with Bluetooth Technology as standard equipment.

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5 reasons to buy the 2017 Kia Rio

1. Exterior style

The 2017 Kia Rio offers the choice of playful hatchback versatility or the cool formality of a sedan silhouette, and you'll likely know which feels right for you. However, both subcompact models offer stylish design elements, including sculpted side fascias for the Rio sedan and a rear spoiler for the Rio hatchback. Practicality is standard on both models too, including four-door access for easy passenger entry and exit and heated power mirrors for convenient adjustment in all weathers.

2. Ample passenger environment

Traveling with friends and family, or commuting with colleagues is a cinch with the 2017 Rio. If you're planning to share driving duties on a road trip, the standard height-adjustable driver's seat and tilt-adjustable steering wheel make swapping easy. The Rio EX trim adds extra comfort for your co-pilot, including padded armrests and convenient storage options. Taking your crew out to dinner? Both Rio models can handle five adult passengers thanks to some generous second-row dimensions, including 31.1 inches of rear legroom, and 37.6 inches of rear headroom.

3. Responsive engine

All 2017 Rio models are powered by a 1.6L four-cylinder engine, good for 138 hp and 123 lb-ft of torque. If you like to drive instinctively, you may prefer the 2017 Rio LX Sedan, which comes with a manual transmission. All others are automatic, an admittedly enjoyable feature on the big journeys where the miles stack up. In fact, the 2017 Rio's highway driving figures are pretty impressive for a subcompact, achieving an EPA-estimated 36 mpg, with urban jaunts faring well too, at an EPA-estimated 27 mpg.

4. Useful cargo dimensions

The 2017 Rio has great cargo capability with plenty of flexibility built in, serving up space for your crew's school bags, sporting equipment, and groceries on the go. The sedan is no slouch, offering up to 13.7 cu-ft of fixed cargo storage, with the ability to expand for longer items via a 60/40 split-folding rear row. If you need it, the hatchback has a roomier opening with 15.0 cu-ft of space as standard, plus the option to expand up to 49.8 cu-ft when the second row is folded down.

5. The swanky Rio SX Hatchback

For driver convenience extras and upgraded comfort features, the Rio SX Hatchback could be the irresistible option you're looking for. A tinted power sunroof lets in the light on sunny morning commutes, while the leather upholstery and heated front seats take care of passenger comfort on frosty winter days. The SX trim's sports-tuned suspension, rearview camera, and steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters also ensure driver enjoyment in any situation or circumstance.

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Ratings & reliability

Customer ratings

4.3 out of 5

6 customer reviews
Based on customer reviews, the 2017 Kia Rio is a dependable gas sipper. The car has a ton of trunk space and Bluetooth connectivity.

RepairPal gave the Kia Rio an overall reliability rating of 4 out of 5 stars, which RepairPal describes as Excellent. This rating ranks Kia Rio 10th out of 27 among Subcompact Cars.

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Kia Rio features and specs

EX 2WD 4D Sedan

Standard Features

  • ABS Brakes
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alloy Wheels
  • AM/FM Stereo
  • Automatic Transmission
  • Auxiliary Audio Input
  • Bluetooth Technology
  • CD Audio
  • Cloth Seats
  • Cruise Control
  • Overhead Airbags
  • Power Locks
  • Power Mirrors
  • Power Windows
  • Rear Defroster
  • Satellite Radio Ready
  • Side Airbags
  • Traction Control
  • Alloy Wheels
  • Cloth Seats
  • Leatherette & Cloth
  • Rear View Camera

Drive Wheels

Front Wheel Drive (2WD)

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Leg room

F 43.8"/R 31.1"

Head room

F 40"/R 37.6"

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