2019 Rio New Car Test Drive
The subcompact Kia Rio sedan and hatchback began its fourth generation in 2018 with a stylish new body and modest new engine, and for 2019 there are few changes.
Automatic emergency braking and LED headlights are available on the top S model, although not the base LX sedan. The former 6-speed transmission has been dropped.
The well-made Rio boasts a composed ride and relatively roomy back seat. It's also more stylish than the average economy car.
The Rio's fuel economy is good, with an EPA-rated 28 mpg city, 37 highway, 32 combined.
The IIHS gives its Top Safety Pick rating to a Rio with the optional automatic emergency braking and LED headlights. The NHTSA hasn't crash-tested it yet. .
The base Rio LX sedan costs about $16,200 and comes with cloth upholstery, power windows and locks, a 5.0-inch touchscreen for infotainment with Bluetooth and a USB port, a height-adjustable driver's seat, and heated exterior mirrors. Its warranty is excellent: a 5-year, 60,000-mile warranty augmented by 10-year, 100,000-mile coverage for the engine and transmission.
The Rio S comes as either a $17,800 sedan or $18,100 hatchback, with a 7.0-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, keyless entry, cruise control, and a split-folding rear seat. An available $800 package includes forward-collision warnings with automatic emergency braking, LED headlights, and a 3.5-inch display in the instrument cluster..