2020 Kia Rio

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Kia Rio highlights

Customer rating


  • Attractive cabin
  • Standard seven-inch touchscreen and smartphone connectivity
  • Fuel economy


  • Sedan has a smallish trunk
  • Limited passing power
  • Base trim lacks driver-assist features

Mileage (EPA estimate)

33 city, 41 highway, 36 combined

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The Kia Rio is a budget-friendly sedan and hatch

For the 2020 model year, the Kia Rio subcompact sedan and hatchback are fitted with a new 120-horsepower 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine and continuously variable transmission. While it’s down 10 horsepower compared to the Rio’s previous powertrain, the 1.6-liter is more fuel-efficient in both city and highway driving. That makes the Rio more competitive in terms of its mpg when faced against rival small cars like the Honda Fit, Chevrolet Sonic, and Toyota Yaris.

The cabin of the Rio won’t win any design awards, though it’s nicely built and there’s enough stretch-out space for adults in the second row. Cargo volume is in larger supply in the hatchback, where you’ll find more than 17 cubic feet of space behind the rear seat. Every 2020 Rio now also comes with a seven-inch touchscreen and Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™. The sedan can be had in two trim levels, the base LX or upmarket S. Choosing the hatchback narrows your choice down to only the S trim.

That’s not a bad thing, considering it’s the level where Kia adds driver-assist features like automatic emergency braking and forward collision warning.

All Kia Rio years

What is new for the 2020 Kia Rio?

  • Rio trims have been upgraded with Smart Key as standard equipment this year.
  • The LX trim now comes with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay as standard equipment.

2020 Kia Rio trims

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  • 120-hp, 112-lb-ft of torque 1.6L
  • Power Mirrors
  • Rear View Camera
  • Cloth Seats
  • Rear Defroster
  • Side Airbags
  • Overhead Airbags
  • Traction Control
  • Automatic Transmission


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5 reasons to buy the 2020 Kia Rio

What We Like

Highly affordable: Money matters, especially when you’re looking for a low-priced vehicle. The Rio sedan and hatchback are kind to your car shopping budget, and the fuel-sipping engine is equally gentle in terms of refueling bills.

Upmarket cabin: Look around the interior of the Rio and you’d be surprised how much energy has been spent making the cabin appear solid and classy. It’s not a Bentley, sure, but the quality of the materials is appreciated.

Standard tech touches: The fact the Rio now comes standard with a highly intuitive seven-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto could earn it a place on many car shopping lists. Smartphone connectivity is more important than horsepower for many car buyers.

What Needs Improvement

Lacks many active driver-assist features: Moving up to the S trim gets you automatic emergency braking and forward collision warning, but that’s it. The Rio’s lack of additional driver aids—like blind-spot warning and rear cross-traffic warning—is a missed opportunity.

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Ratings & reliability

Customer ratings


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

LX 2WD 4D Sedan

Standard Features

  • ABS Brakes
  • Air Conditioning
  • AM/FM Stereo
  • Android Auto
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Automatic Transmission
  • Auxiliary Audio Input
  • Bluetooth Technology
  • Cloth Seats
  • Overhead Airbags
  • Power Locks
  • Power Mirrors
  • Power Windows
  • Rear Defroster
  • Rear View Camera
  • Side Airbags
  • Traction Control
  • Cloth Seats
  • Parking Sensors
  • Rear View Camera

Drive Wheels

Front Wheel Drive (2WD)

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Leg room

F 42.1"/R 33.5"

Head room

F 38.9"/R 37.4"

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