2016 Kia Rio - Miami, FL

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The Kia Rio has always been a consistent performer. It may have a modest design, but it is an attractive vehicle that offers competent handling, manages adeptly on the road, and has exceptional fuel efficiency -- all for a very reasonable price.

With the 2016 model, the Kia Rio continues on the theme. While the overall impact is a strong one, the changes are subtle. The redesign incorporates a series of modest upgrades that create a strong impression overall.

As with previous Rio models, there is no one thing that will make people stand up and take notice, but the total package is one that appeals to a wide audience. Here's everything you need to know about the exciting changes in store for the 2016 Kia Rio:

2016 Kia Rio InteriorBeautiful New Look

The 2016 Kia Rio has received numerous changes on the inside and out, but some of the most significant changes have been made to the front and rear fascia.

The front fascia now features a bow-tie grille with the geometric mesh found in numerous other Kia models, including the Optima and the Soul. The triangular head lights take up more of the real estate on the front fascia, leading into the grille more and stretching back almost entirely to the windshield.

It creates a more intense yet contemporary look for the car.

At the rear fascia, redesigned tail lights have been pushed farther out to the sides. Horizontal lines underscore the design at both the front and the back, creating some more interesting visual details.

In addition to the design updates, the 2016 Kia Rio also features two new exterior color options: Digital Yellow and Urban Blue.

Two-tone design accents are featured throughout the interior, including on the upholstery and the door panels. Higher-density foam has been incorporated into the seating to create a more comfortable ride. New trims are also featured inside, adding a little more sophistication and visual interest.

Just like on the exterior, the changes are not substantial, but they are enough to create a noticeable improvement when you survey the whole.

One style change you won't see but will make a difference to your experience is the sound-dampening material used in the A and B pillars to reduce noise and vibration during driving.

2016 Kia Rio EnginePower and Performance

The Kia Rio isn't a muscle car by any stretch, but it does offer enough oomph to feel like you have greater control while you're driving.

The 2016 Kia Rio will feature a naturally aspirated 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine that puts out 138 horse power and 123 pounds per feet of torque. A six-speed manual transmission comes standard on the sedan, while a six-speed automatic transmission comes standard on the hatchback.

A manual transmission is not available on the hatchback.

The power train hasn't changed much since the 2015 model, but most drivers won't find the 2016 model wanting for power. This is a family and business-friendly sedan that's meant for everyday driving, not for wild, weekend off-roading. The engine offers just what the car's target audience needs for performance.

The modest engine will provide adept handling and great fuel efficiency. The 2016 Kia Rio is expected to get 27 mpg in the city and an exceptional 38 mpg on the highway. Combined, it will get about 31 mpg.

The fuel efficiency will keep the cost of ownership down, making this an even more affordable vehicle for most budgets.

Trim Levels

The 2016 Kia Rio will be available in three trim levels. The base level is the LX, which has basic features like manual door locks and windows, air conditioning, and a manual driver's seat that is adjustable six ways. However, it is not lacking in technology.

The base model has satellite radio and USB and auxiliary jacks for charging personal devices and streaming audio. The steering wheel even has audio and other controls mounted right on it.

Upgrades are available for the LX level, including an automatic transmission, Bluetooth capability, and the Active Eco System, which helps optimize driving components to improve fuel efficiency.

The mid-level trim is the EX, which upgrades to power windows and locks, keyless entry, cruise control and a tilt and telescoping steering wheel.

Several optional packages are also available for the EX trim. The Eco package includes the UVO eServices Telematics system, which is an infotainment system that includes voice controls for playing audio, managing the GPS system, and getting key vehicle information.

The Eco package also includes a backup camera, which is displayed on the UVO touch screen.

The Designer package available for the EX trim includes two-tone upholstery with gray leatherette and black cloth, interior details like gray door-panel inserts and gray stitching on the steering wheel, and accessories like a center-console armrest and shifter boot.

None of these options affect performance, but they will make your interior look nicer.

The top trim level is the SX, which makes the Rio a bit sportier. This trim level includes 17-inch aluminum wheels, front brake rotors, sport-tuned suspension, shift paddles, leather seating, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. Not only will your car handle a bit sportier, but it will also look the part.

Other features that come standard on the SX trim level are heated front seats, a sun roof, push-button start, navigation system, and backup camera.

Pricing and Release

Often, when a new model is debuted, it is months before it becomes available to shoppers. However, the 2016 Kia Rio will be arriving at Kia dealerships in just another month or so.

In fact, you can start contacting dealerships now to ask to be notified when the new 2016 Kia Rios arrive so that you can be the first to test drive and buy.

Pricing for the 2016 Kia Rio is expected to start at $14,165, which makes it an attractive and affordable option for all buyers. Between the low purchase price and the great fuel economy, the Kia Rio makes the cost of car ownership accessible to many more buyers.

Visit Miami Lakes Automall to learn more about the 2016 Kia Rio!

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