Kia keeps things simple with just two Rio Sedan trims, LX and S. The exceptional gas mileage comes from a front-wheel drivetrain and an efficient powertrain made up of a 120 hp 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine and a continuously variable transmission (CVT). The EPA’s official estimated ratings for the 2023 Rio are 32 mpg in the city and 41 mpg on the highway.
Kia’s high-value Rio Sedan comes with an assortment of great features. Even the entry-level LX has automatic headlights, heated side mirrors, a sunglasses holder, and an infotainment system with an 8-inch touchscreen that includes wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Bluetooth hands-free phone and audio streaming, and a six-speaker sound system. Several options, including an auto-dimming rearview mirror and mudguards, are available for the Rio LX.
The S adds even more standard equipment, starting with remote keyless entry, cruise control, a rear USB charging port, a sliding armrest with a storage bin, and a 60/40-split folding rear seatback with adjustable headrests. With the optional Technology Package, the S trim will be elevated with LED headlights and positioning lights, automatic high beams, proximity entry (Smart Key), push-button start, automatic climate control, a 4.2-inch instrument cluster, and an upgraded infotainment system with Kia Connect and SiriusXM satellite radio. This package also bolsters the Kia Drive Wise safety suite, which you can learn more about in the next section.
The ’23 Rio Sedan is eligible for Kia Drive Wise, the brand’s signature suite of advanced safety technologies. While Drive Wise isn’t available for the base LX, buyers of the S can get it via the optional Technology Package. The included features are forward collision-avoidance assist with pedestrian detection, lane keeping assist, lane following assist, lane departure warning, driver attention warning, and rear occupant alert.
With the Kia Connect app, you’ll have access to a range of remote vehicle services directly from your smartphone. From starting the vehicle remotely to setting the climate control system ahead of time, Kia Connect provides a world of convenience right at your fingertips. What’s more, Kia Connect offers roadside assistance and even comes with a vehicle location finder for those of us who often forget where they parked their car (rest assured: it happens to the best of us).