2020 Hampton Roads International Auto Show

Virtual Showroom


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Kia Rio
Status: New powertrain for 2020 - The Rio sedan and 5-Door hatchback/wagon are good-looking driver's cars with enough room for five passengers and their gear. Although dimensionally positioned in the heart of the sub-compact bracket, these models are far from bottom-feeders. Both are larger than most competitors (e.g. Chevrolet Sonic, Toyota Yaris), however a lower body height means they take a back seat to the Honda Fit for interior space. For its most recent updating, the Rio's platform was significantly stiffened for improved ride and driving qualities, as well as for safety. A revised suspension was designed to better deal with road imperfections while inspiring cornering confidence. Outwardly, the Rio displays a mature appearance that shares nothing with previous-generation models. The interior design has also grown up, including a clean and straightforward dashboard. For the 2020 model year, the standard 1.6-liter "Gamma II" engine produces 120 horsepower and 112 pound-feet of torque. That's less than the previous 1.6 that was rated at 130/119, however fuel economy improves by four mpg to 36 mpg in combined city/highway driving. A continuously variable transmission is now standard for all models.Base price (incl. destination): $16,700
Type: Sub-compact sedan/hatchback
Engine (h.p.): 1.6-liter I-4 (120)
Transmission: Continuously variable (CVT)
Layout: Front-wheel-drive
Base mpg (city/highway/combined): 33/41/36
Base weight (lb.): 2,650