Kia's 2018 Rio Sedan and 5-door may not be the most exciting cars of the New York International Auto Show this week, but that's not to say they're not special in their own way. The fourth-generation of the automaker's subcompact car, they promise to bundle together not only the technology but the safety that small car buyers might demand. In doing so, Kia's hoping it can steal away some buyers that might ordinarily head down to their nearest Ford or Chevrolet dealership.
Despite its low starting price, the 2018 Kia Rio will still come packed with some of the latest in-car technology Kia has to offer. The Rio offers Bluetooth hands-free functionality with a booming six-speaker stereo that includes satellite radio. Use Android Auto or Apple CarPlay with your smartphone to integrate your apps and personal preferences straight to your brand-new Kia. A state-of-the-art, seven-inch floating touchscreen interface is available in the top-tier EX trim edition.
When it comes to subcompact cars, the 2018 Kia Rio Hatchback offers a lot in a small and affordable package. Buyers will want to compare to the 2018 Honda Fit and the 2018 Chevy Sonic, but both of those cars start at $1,400 to $2,300 more than the 2018 Kia Rio.
I love the flexibility this provides in a budget vehicle like the 2018 Rio EX. It lets me use the system I want, with access to navigation by Apple or Google that is constantly up to date. This is helpful since there is no navigation option for the 2018 Rio.
If you can stretch your budget, check out the top EX trim ($19,295). Its tilt-and-telescoping wheel helps ensure that drivers of all sizes can find a comfortable driving position, while a 7-inch touchscreen connects your phone with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration. The EX also includes a system that alerts the driver of an imminent front collision and can brake automatically to reduce the severity of an impact.
Kia Rio EX is powered by a revamped version of Kia's 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine. It offers slightly less power compared to the outgoing model (130 horsepower versus last year's 138), but Kia says it decided to trade peak power for more usable power. That translates to stronger power at lower engine speeds which Rio drivers encounter most often in city doing and traffic. It comes mated to a six-speed automatic transmission driving the front wheels.
The 2018 Kia Sportage is a budget vehicle. It is one of the lowest-price crossover SUVs on the market. Even when you go up to the higher trim levels, it still manages to be cheaper than a lot of its competitors. This makes the Sportage a great bargain, especially when you factor in the interior quality and comfort.
The quality of materials, fit and finish inside the Sportage are comparable to an expensive luxury vehicle. If you want to ride in style while still on a budget, then the Sportage is your vehicle. The 2018 Kia Sportage is a budget crossover vehicle with a luxury-car interior.
The 2018 Kia Sportage is one of the best budget-buys you can get in this crowded market of crossover SUVs. There are a lot of models that do certain things better than the Sportage. However, if you want the safest crossover at an incredible price, the Sportage is hard to beat.
The midsize sedan is one of the most popular segments in the entire auto industry. It's easy to understand why as they offer an incredible number of qualities. From excellent performance and fuel efficiency to the latest technology features, comfort options and safety equipment, they have it all. Two of the top contenders in the highly competitive midsize sedan segment include the Kia Optima and Toyota Camry. Which new car is the best choice for your specific driving needs and budget? This side-by-side comparison of the 2018 Kia Optima vs 2018 Toyota Camry will help you choose the midsize sedan that is best for you.
The 2018 Kia Optima offers you three available engine options to choose from whereas the 2018 Toyota Camry only offers you two. With more engine options to choose from in the new Optima, you'll be able to get the horsepower, torque and fuel efficiency you desire. Another big difference when comparing the 2018 Kia Optima vs 2018 Toyota Camry is each of their starting prices. The 2018 Kia Optima is almost a $1,000 less than the 2018 Toyota Camry when comparing the manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP) of the base model.
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On the safety front, the 2018 Rio is available with forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking, but the Fit offers those features and a bit more. Adaptive cruise control and lane departure warning with lane keeping assist are also available for the Fit, along with a passenger-side blind-spot camera.
The 2022 Kia Rio lineup consists of a small sedan and hatchback that emphasize fuel economy but don't skim on luxury features. Even at $17,275 to start, the Rio comes with power features, wireless smartphone compatibility, and an extensive warranty. Both Rio and Rio 5 hatchback models are powered by a 120-horsepower inline-4 paired with a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT). Excitement isn't a Rio priority, although these subcompacts move along with more verve than economy cars of yore. LX and S trim levels offer a choice between budget motoring and a surprising array of niceties for the money, all backed by a 5-year/60,000-mile warranty. The Rio is one of the most efficient new cars that's not a hybrid or an electric car thanks to 33 mpg city, 41 highway, 36 combined, according to the EPA. Crash-test ratings from the IIHS consist of mostly 'Good'? ratings plus an 'Acceptable'? score for front-passenger impact protection. The 2022 Rio has not yet been tested by the NHTSA. All models come with a score of airbags and stability control, but only the LXS includes automatic emergency braking. Outward vision is above average by small-car standards.
Kia offers the Rio in both sedan and, with the Rio 5 moniker, hatchback configurations. Sedans start at $17,275, money that buys 15-inch steel wheels, an 8.0-inch touchscreen paired with six speakers, wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. The LXS trim level costs about $600 more and it adds cruise control, a convenient split-folding rear seat, and keyless entry, plus the option to add a $1,800 package that includes automatic emergency braking, active lane control, lane-departure warnings, automatic high-beam LED headlights, and alloy wheels. The Rio 5 hatchback comes only in LXS trim for $18,215, and it also offers the $1,800 Technology Package.
Tasked with around-town use or occasional jaunts, the 2022 Kia Rio offers good road manners and the promise of terrific fuel economy. Forget about the subcompact car blues with the Rio's high level of standard equipment, including a big touchscreen with wireless smartphone mirroring and affordable automatic emergency braking. -by Andrew Ganz, with driving impressions from The Car Connection.
The subcompact Kia Rio ranks third. Available as a sedan and as a hatchback on the upper S trim only, the Kia Rio offers an upscale interior and provides excellent fuel efficiency. Both bodystyles have functional cargo space for the class, and the hatchback has an extra 3.7 feet of cargo capacity compared to the sedan. The base model does not come with any standard safety features, but both bodystyles in the upper S trim also cost below $20,000 even with the added $1,800 entertainment package. The S trim adds split-folding rear seats, additional USB ports, cruise control, and keyless entry, and the technology package, which is only available on the S trim, adds forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, lane keep assist, lane departure warning, driver drowsiness monitoring, and a rear-seat reminder.
Kia has employed some great safety features into the new Rio too, even at the lower trim grades which is good to see, especially in the case of the autonomous breaking, which is available on the Rio 2 and above trims. The Kia Rio 3 or First Edition models are the ones to go for if your budget allows because it's the entertainment system on these models that makes the Rio stand out from the crowd.
The 2018 Kia Rio LX starts out at $14,795, before freight and delivery charges, in elegant sedan form, while the crafty 5-door version is $200 more. For that sum, we get power-adjustable and heated mirrors, keyless entry, heated front seats and steering wheel as well as a four-speaker sound system with five-inch display with USB port and Bluetooth connectivity. Adding air conditioning and cruise control, which means stepping up to the LX+, in addition to an automatic transmission, raises to price to $17,795 ($17,995 for the Rio 5-door), which is a good deal.
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