2018 Kia Rio

2018 Kia Rio

The 2018 Kia Rio is a sub-compact available in sedan and hatchback configurations. It serves as the entry-level model in Kia’s lineup, slotted below the compact Forte. Like most vehicles in this class the Rio’s interior has lots of hard plastic and comfort features are basic, so it’s not ideally suited to long road trips. Sub-compact cars are best suited to short commutes. Prices start at a very affordable MSRP of $13,900 and the Rio gets up to 32 MPG combined.

Pros: Affordable, Efficient, Handsome Styling, Long Warranty, More Refined Than Competition

Cons: Smaller Than Competitors, Lacks High-Performance Version, Advanced Safety Features Not Standard

Looks Best In: Ice Wine exterior/Black interior

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Competition: Honda Fit, Hyundai Accent, Chevrolet Sonic, Toyota Yaris, Ford Fiesta, Nissan Versa

Summary: The 2018 Kia Rio is one of the best no-frills sub-compacts currently available. Its pleasant driving experience sets it apart from loud and rough-riding competitors. In the age of over-styled cars filled with frivolities, the Rio provides solid basic transportation wrapped in an attractive and mature design. The Rio makes most sense in basic configurations, as the high-end trims have pricing that encroach on the compact class, where offerings are larger and more refined.

Thanks for reading Third Auto. Like us on Facebook and check in as we continue to report on car news, car reviews and industry analysis.

[Images: Kia]

About the author

Brian Rogers

View all posts