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
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.
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