2021 Kia Rio review

2021 Kia Rio Review, Prices, Ratings

2021 Kia Rio – For 2021, expect the revitalized Rio to come with several features including a stronger acceleration, excellent value for money, a stylish inside and out, high quality interior, and a longer warranty. Its release date should be expected later this year according to our source.

Some of the novelties to be expected include a six speed transmission system for all Rios, gray accent stitching, standard Uvo system, restyled grille and taillights, and improved sound insulation system.

The vehicle was redesigned three years ago, and for 2021, buyers should expect something evolutionary as opposed to revolutionary. Assisting it to remain relevant in the sub-compact car class are the handful of exterior and interior changes that have been introduced for the 2021 Rio. The awkward proportions have been solved by adding some subtle front and rear styling cues that have plagued its rivals.

The interior space has also been beefed up a bit and now offers a spacious backseat and impressive cargo volume. Just like its siblings, the vehicle comes chock full of standard features at a very competitive price, therefore, earning it a slot at the top of its segment in terms of the value for money. However, if the new 2021 Kia Rio seems Spartan for you, you can try out other alternatives in the segment including Honda Fit, Ford Fiesta, and the new Scion iA.

Exterior Colors & Interior Changes – 2021 Kia Rio

The vehicle returns for 2021 in either hatchback or sedan configuration, and both of them come in only three trims: LX, EX, and the well-equipped SX trims.

2021 Kia Rio interior

Some of the standard features to expect from the base 2021 Kia Rio include a 60/40-split folding rear seatbacks, Bluetooth audio and phone connectivity, CD player, power windows and locks, auxiliary audio jack, heated power mirrors, a trip computer, satellite radio, heated power mirrors, a height-adjustable driver seat, steering-wheel-mounted audio controls, 15” wheels, a USB port, keyless entry and ignition.

As for the 2021 Kia Rio EX, expect the vehicle to come bundled with a shift knob, a sliding center console, dual illuminated visor-mounted vanity mirrors, a soft-touch dash, a telescopic-and-tilt steering wheel, map lights, a chrome grille surround, a premium audio system, a storage area, and an upgraded cloth upholstery.

Opting for the 2021 Kia Rio EX gets you 15” alloy wheels, automatic headlights, steering wheel, a rearview camera, gray accent stitching, 7” touchscreen interface, leather wrapped steering wheel, two tone black and gray cloth and leather seat upholstery, map lights, shift knob, and automatic start-stop system.

As for the top-of-the-line 2021 Kia Rio SX, expect the vehicle to come equipped with LED taillights, a navigation system, Uvo infotainment system, a sport-tuned suspension, heated front seats, steering wheel mounted paddle shifters, a sunroof, 17” alloy wheels, a rearview camera, keyless entry, automatic headlights, keyless ignition, and a leather upholstery.

2021 Kia Rio exterior spy shots

2021 Kia Rio Engine Specs – 2021 Kia Rio

Motivating the 2021 Kia Rio is a 1.6L 4-cyl engine that generates 138 horsepower and 123 pounds of torque. It drives the FWD system for the LX sedan via the 6-speed transmission system. Save for the LX, all other Rios come fitted with the automatic transmission system.

In our own test drive, a 2021 Kia Rio RX was able to dash to 60 mph from standstill in just under 9.4 seconds, which is impressive in the subcompact segment.

31 mpg is the average EPA fuel economy rating for all Rios, and 27 mpg for all Rios that have been fitted with a manual transmission system. On the highways, expect the automatic-equipped Rio to return 37, and 38 mpg for the manual transmission system.

2021 Kia Rio engine

Furthermore, the EX trim features the Eco package that comes equipped with the automatic start and stop system that is popular for its fuel savvy nature. It shuts down the engine whenever the vehicle comes to a halt thereby saving fuel. All Rios so equipped achieve an impressive 37 mpg on the highway, and 28 mpg in the cities.

Price & Date Of Release – 2021 Kia Rio

According to the official price catalogue provided to us by Kia, we should expect the base LX to cost a starting MSRP of $14,165, and up to $20,755 for the top-of-the-line 2021 Kia Rio SX. As already indicated in the review above, the vehicle should be expected to hit our U.S dealerships sometime later this year.

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