The 2016 Kia Rio Sedan as well as the Kia Rio hatchback,
presented at the Chicago car show, comes in three trim
levels—LX, EX, and SX.
The 2016 Kia Rio Sedan gained a somewhat sportier look, due to
new rear and front fascias, the new “Tiger Nose” grille, round
fog lights with and the headlamps which have been made slightly
concave. The lower part of the bumper is enriched with some
horizontal lines and made larger and straighter than it used to
The vehicle has been installed with new rear reflectors (closer
to the outside) in order to help spread the widened look to the
The 2016 Rio comes in two new colors – Digital Yellow and Urban
Kia has installed more high-density foam in the A and B
pillars, so NVH would be reduced. Also, in order for the cabin
to get a better feel, Kia used premium touch materials.
The 2016 Kia Rio Sedan’s cabin has been refreshed with
satin-finish bezels surrounding the air vents as well as a
piano-black center console.
A new Designer Package offers the cabin with seats wrapped in
black cloth with accents of leatherette trim and grey
The base model, LX, of course possesses some standard features
such as air conditioning, electric power steering, a 6-way
manual driver’s seat, steering wheel-mounted audio controls, a
USB port, Sirius XM capabilities, hill-start assist etc. The EX
has everything previously mentioned plus power windows, keyless
entry, cruise with steering wheel-mounted controls and a
tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel. The SX adds steering
column-mounted paddle shifters, a leather-wrapped steering
wheel, backup camera, the Supervision meter, an
upgraded-for-2016 navigation system, and a standard power
Engine and performance
The 2016 Kia Rio Sedan uses the same 1.6-liter 4-cylinder
engine as it had the previous year. It produces 138hp at 6,300
rpm and 123 pound-feet of torque at 4,850 rpm.
It has a 6-speed manual transmission as standard and transfers
the power to the front wheels. There’s no talk of the 6-speed
automatic as an option.
No road tests have been done yet, but it is speculated that
there will be little or no change (in comparison to the
previous model) when it comes to acceleration and maximum
speed, due to the retained engine. So, the estimated top speed
is 105 mph and the estimated acceleration is 0-60 mph in 9.5
Price and release date
The 2016 Kia Rio Sedan is expected to make its debut near the
end of March this year. The price still remains unknown,
although it’s estimated that the car will cost around $14,000.
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