The 2016 Kia Rio is Sub-Compact; Just Like its Price


It’s the smallest car offered by Miami Kia dealersand also the lowest-costing one by over $1,000. The 2016 Kia Rio is a sub-compact car that falls into a segment with cars like the Honda Fit, the Toyota Prius, and the Chevrolet Sonic. These sub-compact cars are, obviously, smaller than the other cars out there. Therefore, you would think it might be awkwardly designed, right? Well, some of them are: but the Kia Rio isn’t one of them. Furthermore, the Kia Rio also boasts some decent performance for a sub-compact vehicle, and seems to have an endless amount of standard and optional features. Along with an abundance of features, this small car is also big on safety; in fact, you might be surprised to discover how safe it actually is.

 For a sub-compact car, the main appeal is the price tag. It’s not just ultra affordable when compared to Kia’s other vehicles, but also when compared against the other sub-compact cars on the market.



 Actually, with a starting MSRP of $14,165, the Kia Rio is one of the lowest-costing sub-compact cars on the market. There are less than a handful of sub-compact cars that beat it in price. For Kia, the only vehicle that comes close to the Rio’s price in the 2016 lineup is the Kia Forte with an MSRP of $15,990. Even if you decide to opt for the Rio 5-door with an MSRP of $15,495, it’s still more than $400 less than the Forte. 

However, the low-cost of the Rio is only really appreciated when compared to the other sub-compact cars on the market.


Compared to the Competition



Compared to the competition, the price of the 2016 Kia Rio is hard to beat: the price of these three popular sub-compact cars proves that. The Chevrolet Sonic has been around for a while, and is a well known vehicle. The 2016 Sonic comes close to beating the Rio in price, and is sitting at a starting MSRP of $14,345 — just under $200 more. Spending that extra $200 doesn’t really get you that much. Actually, it might hinder your sub-compact car experience, because the Sonic doesn’t have nearly as many features as the Rio does; and the Rio is still on par in terms of performance.


Another popular sub-compact car circulating through the market is the Honda Fit, and the 2016 model comes in at a starting MSRP of $15,890. Not only is the design much more awkward than the Rio, but it also costs almost $2,000 more. The Toyota Yaris is another one, priced at $14,895. 

Even though you might not think around $200 or even $800 in savings equates to much when it comes to a car, think again. The Rio is a sub-compact car, which means it gets stellar fuel-efficiency. Take that $200 and put it towards fuel, and watch how much that money actually saves you.


A Well-Thought Out Design

Sub-compact vehicles, like the Toyota Yaris, typically have an awkward design. They often look like an accordion waiting to be unfurled, which isn’t very aerodynamic, or they just have a general clunky appearance. The 2016 Kia Rio isn’t one of those sub-compact cars, and the design looks quite good. In fact, it looks like a sedan, just shrunk down to a sub-compact size. This familiar look is sure to provide the consumer a sense of relief when switching over from a larger sedan, because the design is similar. Also, it’s quite aerodynamic thanks to its shape; which is no doubt a major reason as to why it returns such good fuel economy. 

Not to mention, the Rio is one of the subcompact cars that has a surprisingly spacious interior. Overall, the Rio sports an extremely well-thought out and handsome design. 


Efficient Performance 



Not only is the Rio efficient, but it’s also zippy. The Kia Rio has one engine option regardless of trim level: a 1.6-liter inline 4 DOHC 16-valve engine that puts out 138 horsepower and 123 pound-feet of torque. While you aren’t going to win drag races with it, you need to put those numbers into perspective. An engine like that might not move a truck, but it’s under the hood of a sub-compact car. Therefore, it provides a decent amount of horsepower and torque for a vehicle this size. 

The fuel-efficiency of an engine paired to a car this size can’t be ignored, either. The Kia Rio is able to get 27 mpg city, 38 mpg highway, and 31 mpg combined with a manual transmission, and only 1 mpg highway less with an automatic transmission.  

The fuel-efficiency speaks for itself.


Endless Features 

The Kia Rio has more standard and optional features than almost any two sub-compact vehicles combined. While that’s a slight exaggeration, the Rio does have a lot of features. It’s got everything from a touch-screen, the option between three sound systems, a rear-view camera display, active eco system, trip computer, dual LED map lights, and much more. The nice thing is, all of these features come standard on the highest SX trim level, most on the middle EX trim, and what you can’t get standard on the base LX trim comes optional. 

Don’t believe me? Simply go look at the features tab for the 2016 Rio on Kia’s website. You’ll see so many features that you’ll go cross-eyed.


Safety First 

Among this endless amount of features are the safety options, which is something Kia made sure the Rio had plenty of. These safety features come standard across all trim levels, so even if you buy the base trim you are still getting the best safety possible. The 2016 Rio has 15 safety features total, among them are plenty of airbags, 4-wheel disc brakes with ABS, vehicle stability management, electronic-brake force distribution, front and rear crumple zones, and some child safety features. 

A welcomed sight on the Rio are the side-impact door beams. Typically found on larger vehicles, Kia offers these as an added measure of security. They are high-strength steel beams that are reinforce every door, and are designed to absorb impact energy and deflect side-impact force. They come standard on all trim levels.


Trim Levels 

The 2016 Kia Rio is offered in 3 trim levels: the LX, EX, and SX. The LX is what has the ridiculously low MSRP of $14,165, the EX starts at $17,755, and the SX starts at $20,755. Even going up in trim, the price is still reasonable. It’s still less than the price of your standard sedan, returns exceptional fuel economy, and has many more standard and optional features.

For a subcompact car, the Kia Rio even has a decent amount of space in the cab, and the engine puts out enough oomph for a vehicle of this size. You won’t be burning any rubber, but it's a fair trade off for a vehicle with a price like this.