2017 Kia Rio
The Kia Rio is a subcompact car that has been produced since the year 2000, and in the last 17 years of its existence, Kia has added various body styles and trims to the Rio lineup. For the 2017 model year, the Kia Rio is available in two body styles, a sedan and a five-door hatchback. Not only is the Kia Rio a very affordable vehicle, but its excellent fuel economy and industry-leading warranties make it a very affordable car to own. Though both models do have a different exterior look, they are very similar models, and we’ll point out the differences as we go.
The 2017 Kia Rio sedan comes in two trims, the LX and EX. The 2017 Kia Rio 5-door hatchback comes in three trims, the LX, EX, and SX. All Rio trims are powered by a 1.6-liter DOHC I4 engine with CVVT that generates 138 horsepower and 123 lb-ft of torque. DOHC, stands for double overhead camshaft, and it is an engine design intended to improve performance by putting less stress on various engine components. CVVT, stands for continuously variable valve timing, and it is a type of variable valve timing (VVT) that controls the timing of the opening and closing of intake and exhaust valves. The design helps the engine run more efficiently at all speeds and helps decrease fuel consumption, leading to a smoother ride.
Furthermore, the engine uses gasoline direct injection (GDI) to get its fuel intake, a form of fuel injection where the gasoline is highly pressurized and injected via a fuel line directly into the combustion chamber of each of the engines cylinders.
Transmission and Fuel Economy
The Kia Rio LX is the only trim that comes standard with a 6-speed manual transmission, and all of the other Rio trims come standard with a 6-speed Electronically Controlled 6-Speed Automatic Overdrive with Sportmatic. The electronically controlled transmission is a type of automatic transmission that gives drivers the option to manually switch gears if they choose. All of the Kia Rio trims have the same excellent fuel economy of 27 mpg in the city, 36 mpg on the highway, and a combined fuel economy of 31 mpg.
There are some differences between the Rio and Rio 5-Door in terms of exterior features due to the differences in hatchback and sedan design, but not a whole lot. The 2017 Kia Rio sedan comes standard with power heated mirrors, solar control glass, heated rear glass with a timer, and the option of automatic on/off headlights on the EX trim. A special aurora black premium pearl paint is available on both trims. Both Rio trims ride on 15-inch wheels, either steel or alloy, each standard or optional respectively.
The 2017 Kia Rio hatchback model is equipped with power heated mirrors, and the Rio 5-Door SX has turn signals on both exterior mirrors. Solar control glass and heated rear glass with a timer return as standard options, along with a spoiler for some style. Auto light control is an option on the EX trim, and it is standard on the SX. A power sunroof, LED positioning lights, and LED rear combination lamps come standard on the SX trim. 15-inch wheels in steel or alloy are standard on the LX and EX trims, respectively, with 17-inch alloy wheels being standard on the SX trim.
Let’s look at the differences in terms of interior features. An Eco system that displays a driver’s fuel economy history and current is available in the Kia Rio sedan, and an idle stop and go system is available on the EX trim. The standard seating trim is woven cloth, with knot cloth on the EX trim. A 60/40 split-folding rear seat is standard on both trims; the EX trim gets a leather-wrapped steering wheel and gear shift knob. The maximum cargo volume is 13.7 cubic feet.
In the 2017 Kia Rio hatchback, the active eco system returns, but is standard on all trims; idle stop and go is only an available option on the EX trim. A cargo under floor tray with a net can be found as a standard feature in the EX and SX trims. The same seating trims from the sedan are on their respective hatchback trims, with leather in the SX. The Kia Rio 5-door hatchback also gets heated seats. A 60/40 split-folding rear seat is standard in all three trims, and the steering wheel and gear shift knob are leather wrapped. The maximum cargo volume available is 49.8 cubic feet.
A SiriusXM Satellite Radio system is standard on all trims, sedan or hatchback, with a 4.3-inch color touchscreen and rear camera display available on the EX trim. In the 2017 Kia Rio sedan, UVO eServices are optional on the EX trim; they’re also available as an option in the hatchback EX trim, but standard in the SX. A 4-speaker sound system is standard, with a 6-speaker audio system with A-pillar mounted tweeters on trims following the base, LX.
Bluetooth wireless technology is optional on the Kia Rio sedan base trim, but is standard on the EX and all Kia Rio hatchback trims. Steering wheel-mounted audio controls is standard on both models. Push-button start with smart key entry is standard on the SX trim.
Safety Features and Warranty
All of the following safety features are standard in both 2017 Kia Rio models: dual-stage advanced front airbags and front seat-mounted side airbags, full-length side curtain airbags, an anti-lock braking system, stability and traction control management systems, a LATCH child seat anchor system, front and rear crumple zones, and rear child-safety door locks.
All Kia models are backed by an industry leading warranty. The Kia Niro is backed by a 10-year or 100,000-mile limited powertrain warranty, a 5-year or 60,000-mile limited basic warranty, and a 5-year or 100,000-mile limited anti-perforation warranty.