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Kia Motors has been doing exceptionally well as of late. With sale numbers on the rise and many vehicles being awarded every week, the auto industry may soon have a new set of standards to meet. Recently, Kia Motors was named as the most highly safety rated brand by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), with eight models in total receiving either a Top Safety Pick or Top Safety Pick + rating. A new mild-hybrid powertrain system is going to be released later into 2018 for the 2018 Kia Sportage, known as EcoDynamics. And now, the Kia Rio has won two awards from Auto Trader during the New Car Awards 2018.
Auto Trader New Car Awards and Kia Rio
During the Auto Trader New Car Awards, a survey of more than 43,000 car owners, all of which help owners rate their car in 16 key areas, collect answers and feedback that is then analyzed to make up a score. The score would tell Auto Trader which model car buyers had found most satisfying to own. For these awards, the new Kia Rio came out on top for a total of two awards.
With a starting MSRP of $13,900* and a price range that barely scratches past $20k, the 2018 Kia Rio is as affordable as it is fun, available with UVO eServices on a 7-inch touchscreen and six speaker sound system. Moreover, for the “Best Value New Car”, the Kia Rio was commended for its low running costs and equipment available at affordable prices. The editors themselves commented on why the Kia Rio received the award.
“It’s important to stress that ‘value’ doesn’t mean ‘cheap’, and there are plenty of similar cars out there that cost less than the Rio. What the Rio gives you, though, is a vast amount of ability for a very affordable outlay, and most of the time, that’s far more appealing to buyers than a bargain-basement price tag. It’s good to drive, practical, nice inside, well equipped and comes with a fantastic warranty to make owning it even better value.” – Ivan Aistrop, Auto Trader’s Road Test Editor.
With automobiles constantly evolving and finding new technology for better, safer, and more optimized vehicles, there seems to be a downward shift for one vehicular system in particular. The popularity of manual transmissions is dwindling.
Most vehicles have the manual transmission as the standard option on a model’s base trim, but most upper-level trims come standard with an automatic transmission, especially larger vehicles (SUVs and crossovers). Kia Motors offers a mix of manual and automatic transmissions, and one of the hatchbacks come with manual transmission as an option on its high-tier trim. Take a look at what vehicles you can get if manually shifting is more your style.
2018 Kia Forte
Available as a sedan and a hatchback, the 2018 Kia Forte sedan has three trims (LX, S, and EX) and two engine choices that make up the powertrain. The standard on the LX and S is a 2.0-liter DOHC engine made with the Atkinson Cycle to lower emissions. All engines are also optimized with dual continuously variable valve timing and an enhanced version of fuel delivery. This engine can generate 147 horsepower and 132 lb-ft of torque. The standard transmission pairing is a six-speed manual to the LX trim, with the option to upgrade to an electronically controlled six-speed automatic transmission with Sportmatic. That’s one saving grace for manual transmission lovers – Sportmatic is a system design that allows drivers to disengage the automatic transmission and open up the ability to manually shift gears by moving the gear shift knob to the left when set on “Drive”.
We didn’t expect it, but Kia Motors played a strong hand at this year’s New York International Auto Show with the debut of the new 2018 Kia Rio sedan and Rio 5-door. Aside from dimensions, the hatchback door, and cargo space, the Rio sedan and 5-door models are very similar and they both have style and power in spades.
Powertrain and Drivetrain
Available in three trims, the all-new 2018 Rio models are powered by an enhanced Gamma 1.6-liter GDI four-cylinder engine with VVT. “GDI” stands for “gasoline direct injection,” and it is a high-pressure fuel system currently taking over the way automobiles get their fuel into the combustion chamber. “VVT” stands for “variable valve timing,” and the Kia Rio has its own variable intake system designed to improve fuel economy. The power output adds up to 130 horsepower and 119 pound-feet of torque. The engine can be paired to either a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission.
Driver handling has also gotten better, with the engineers of the Kia Rio sedan and Rio 5-door refining the driving experience with a newly designed front suspension, 11-inch disc brakes up front and drum brakes in the rear for stopping power*, and increased durability to take the brunt in the event of a collision, all while still reducing the weight of the 2018 Kia Rio. The construction of both also implements reduced noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) technology to dampen sound pathways and keep the cabin nice and quiet.
The 2017 model-year isn’t even here yet and many auto brands have rolled out the red carpet for some of their vehicles. Having been in the spotlight for awards and safety, Kia hasn’t fallen behind and is now making even greater waves with the 2018 Kia Rio. The new Kia Rio features that were speculated about, are now known.
The Kia Rio has always been a sub-compact car, and for the 2018 model year it will have an all-new look. The new fourth-generation 2018 Kia Rio will be slightly bigger in width and length, not by more than half-an-inch, but the design is slightly nudging the small car into debatably a larger class complete with 5-door hatchback features.