Navigating the streets of Louisville, KY; Elizabethtown, KY; and Clarksville, IN, can be a lot easier when you’re behind the wheel of a compact Kia sedan, like the 2020 Kia Rio. This ride offers plenty to its drivers, but if you’re currently considering your next set of wheels, you’ll want to get a better idea of what you can expect from behind the wheel.

At The Kia Store, we’re here to help by giving you the details and specifics of what the Rio can do and what it offers its drivers and passengers. Keep reading this Kia Rio review to see if this is the Kia sedan that’s right for the job!


Kia Rio Engine Specs & Performance

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It doesn’t matter whether you’re going with the LX or S trim levels, the Rio proves itself to be quite the reliable set of wheels when it comes to what’s under the hood. Take a quick look at the table below for the type of engine you’re going to find, as well as its specs for output and fuel economy.

Engine Horsepower Torque Gas Mileage
1.6-liter 4-cylinder engine 120 horsepower 112 lb-ft of torque EPA-estimated 33 city/41 highway MPG*

The 2020 Kia Rio comes equipped with a 1.6-liter 4-cylinder engine under the hood that’s mated to the Intelligent Variable Transmission (IVT). This particular transmission helps boost the Kia vehicle’s efficiency while providing direct gear transitions—resulting in a smoother acceleration and performance.

The engine also offers an energetic performance at 120 horsepower and 112 lb-ft of torque. On top of that, you can look forward to arriving at your destination with plenty of fuel left in the tank, thanks to an EPA-estimated 33 city/41 highway MPG.*


Kia Rio Interior Measurements

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The Kia Rio provides you with a passenger volume that measures 89.9 cubic feet. From taking your kids and their friends out for ice cream to participating in your work’s carpool into the office, the Rio gives you the opportunity to be the popular option. Here are some more numbers that are responsible for this:

Front-Row Seats Back-Row Seats
Headroom 38.9 inches 37.4 inches
Shoulder Room 54.1 inches 53.3 inches
Hip Room 52.9 inches 52.4 inches
Legroom 42.1 inches 33.5 inches

The accommodating measurements don’t stop there. The Rio manages to supply you with ample space in the trunk for things like groceries, luggage, and your kids’ bookbags for school, thanks to its 13.7 cubic feet of cargo volume.


A Particularly Stylish Exterior

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The Rio certainly has what it takes to make one lasting impression. For instance, you have your choice of several color options, so you can choose the one that best suits your preferences. Here are your choices for the Rio LX trim:

  • Clear White
  • Silky Silver
  • Aurora Black

The S trim allows you to choose from the above list, as well as the following colors:

  • Deep Sea Blue
  • Currant Red
  • Phantom Gray

Other style characteristics that contribute to this machine’s ability to really turn heads include the Black Mesh Front Grille—which makes for an unmistakable entrance—the Body-Color Exterior Door Handles for an overall sleek presentation, and the attention-grabbing 15-inch wheels with Full Covers. All of these classy style elements are available in both the LX and S Kia Rio trim levels.


Kia Rio In-Cabin Features & Technology

The Kia Rio includes a variety of fun and sophisticated features to help you get more out of your driving experience. The Kia vehicle features a 7-inch dashboard-mounted touchscreen display where you can select your media options. These range from the AM/FM radio, USB/auxiliary inputs, and even Bluetooth® connectivity for hands-free phone calling and audio streaming.

The touchscreen also includes Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™. These features will make accessing your phone easier because they sync with it. From the screen, you’ll be able to access your texts, apps, contacts, and your saved media library.



Kia Rio Review Louisville, KYKia Rio Safety Technology & Features

You have the option of including the Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA) feature in the Kia Rio. This feature uses exterior sensors to measure the distance from the object ahead compared with your rate of approach. If it senses a possible collision, it’ll warn you while adding brake pressure to assist you in avoiding the impact.

The Rio also includes a variety of braking systems to ensure you have control on the road. These systems include the Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD), Vehicle Stability Management (VSM), Electronic Stability Control (ESC), Hill Start Assist Control (HAC), and more!

The Remote Keyless Entry with Alarm and Trunk Opener is another notable safety feature that’s found in the Kia Rio. This available aide allows you to gain entry to the Kia vehicle quickly and easily while you’re still approaching it. This is sure to come in handy during rainy weather or snowstorms, when it’s uncomfortably chilly outside, or when you’re in an unfamiliar area. The Trunk Opener aspect of this feature is there to let you access the trunk with a simple push of a button.


Experience the Kia Rio in Person

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At The Kia Store, we hope the above 2020 Kia Rio review has provided you with enough details and insight to help you with your decision in terms of what your next Kia car is going to be. Of course, reading about a Kia vehicle’s features and performance specs is one thing, but experiencing it in person is entirely different.

When you’re ready, you can easily make the trip to see us and talk with our experts to learn more about your options, the trims, and any available packages. First, you’ll want to sit in the driver’s seat and see what it’s like!

Schedule your test drive with us at The Kia Store to see how the Kia Rio is able to perform throughout the streets of Louisville, Kentucky; Elizabethtown, Kentucky; and Clarksville, Indiana!

*EPA fuel economy estimates. Actual mileage will vary with options, driving conditions, driving habits, and your vehicle’s condition.

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