2019 Kia Rio


The 2019 Kia Rio is a member of the fourth generation of Rios, which began with the 2018 model year. That redesign earned it J.D. Power’s 2018 award as the “Highest Rated Small Car in Initial Quality and Dependability.” For 2019, it’s offered in sedan and five-door/hatchback body styles. Like all Kias, the Rio comes with the automaker’s 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty, the longest in the industry (although these terms are matched by fellow Korean manufacturer Hyundai). Kia also provides a 5-year/60,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty.


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Trims and Standard Equipment

Kia streamlines the Rio into two trim levels, both of which get an efficient 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine that delivers 130 horsepower. The LX is the base model, and its standard equipment includes a 6-speed automatic transmission, power windows and door locks, a rearview camera, Bluetooth capability, a six-way adjustable driver’s seat, and multi-reflector halogen headlights. The four-speaker infotainment system on this trim has a 5-inch touchscreen, AM/FM/MP3, and SiriusXM radio.

The higher trim, the S, upgrades to a 7-inch touchscreen with six speakers, two additional USB charging ports, Siri Eyes Free, and Android Auto and Apple CarPlay capability. It also receives cruise control, steering wheel-mounted controls, remote keyless entry, adjustable headrests for the back seat, a 60/40 split folding rear seat, and a center console that has an integrated storage area and a sliding armrest for the driver’s comfort. Optional features on the S trim include LED headlights, LED positioning lamps, forward collision warning, and forward collision-avoidance assist.


The 2019 Kia Rio has been designed with important safety features such as 30% more steel than previous models for more rigidity, plus side-impact door beams, and front and rear crumple zones, which help protect passengers in an accident. The standard hill start assist control prevents your vehicle from rolling backwards when it is stopped on an incline. Anti-lock brakes, an electronic stability system, and Rio’s advanced airbag system round out the safety features. Both trims include a backup camera as standard equipment. Buyers of the S trim can opt to add a couple of advanced active safety features: a forward collision avoidance system and a forward collision warning system.

Technology Options

The optional Technology package offered on the S trim includes UVO eServices, which connects your smartphone to the vehicle and allows you to remotely lock and unlock your car, schedule vehicle maintenance, start your climate control system, and contact roadside assistance 24 hours a day. It can also locate your car should you forget where you parked it, and can connect to 911 and provide your location to emergency responders. Also optional is a sophisticated information system with a 3.5-inch display of important information for the vehicle operator.