2018 Kia Rio Auburn WA

2018 Kia Rio
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2018 Kia Rio at Sunset Kia

The 2018 Kia Rio has a new dazzling exterior body design that was created with European inspiration. This subcompact sedan is loaded with tons of great tech, and progressive safety features, gets excellent fuel economy and is an overall fun to drive car! Keep reading our review of the 2018 Kia Rio to learn more about this great sedan!

Engine Performance

  • 1.6-Liter GDI Four-Cylinder Engine
  • Six-Speed Manual Transmission
  • Variable Intake System

Safety Features

  • 3-Point Seat Belts for All Seats
  • Electronic Force Distribution
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System

Vehicle Design

  • Dual Body-Colored Power Heated Mirrors
  • Auxiliary and USB Input Jack
  • Halogen Headlights

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What trim levels does a Kia Rio have for 2018?

The exterior of the 2018 Rio is built with smooth surfaces and crisp lines which give the sedan a more sporty and sophisticated appearance. The headlights are newly designed and are swept back creating a more aggressive look. Kia offers the 2018 Rio in three trims; the base LX, the S and the top of the line EX-model! The LX trim doesn't seem like a base model with all its fantastic features! The exterior of the LX has features like; a front grille made with black mesh, halogen headlights, solar control glass, tinted glass and a locking fuel-filler door. The interior of the LX features include; a 5-inch touchscreen display, an AM/FM/MP3 and SiriusXM four-speaker sound system, Auxiliary and USB input jack, a 12-volt outlet, air conditioning, mounted controls on the steering wheel, crank windows, trunk net and a space-saving spare tire! Stepping up to the S model you get body colored exterior door handles, rear camera, remote keyless entry with an alarm and trunk opener a center console with a sliding armrest and storage, six-speaker audio system with front Tweeters, and dual body-colored power heated mirrors. The steering wheel comes with mounted control for standard cruise control and Bluetooth and audio! The S model also comes with Siri Eyes Free which allows the driver to use Siri while driving and it can be activated with a long press of the voice recognition button on the steering wheel). If you want the best of the best in a Rio take a look at the EX model. The EX's features include front fog lights, alloy wheels, heated side mirrors, a 3.5-inch LCD display (inside of the gauge cluster) and a tilt and telescoping steering wheel. Also standard for the EX model is a 7-inch touchscreen with UVO3 infotainment, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and voice recognition! All models of the Rio offer 13.7 cubic feet of ample cargo room!

What kind of engine does Kia offer for the 2018 Rio?

All 2018 Rio models are powered by a Gamma 1.6-liter GDI four-cylinder engine which outputs 130 horsepower and 119 pound-feet of torque, and you can match it with a six-speed automatic or a six-speed manual transmission! This engine offers low-speed driving dynamics, better responsiveness, and enhanced fuel efficiency! The leading features of this unit are variable intake system, a high-pressure fuel system with direct dynamics, piston cooling jets and low friction oil seals! This incredibly engineered engine also utilizes cast iron linings for increased durability and an aluminum valve cover and block for reduced weight! The enhancements to this engine improve the sedan fuel economy with a total of 32 combined mph with the manual transmission!

Does the 2018 Rio come with many standard safety features?

All Kia Rio's come with fantastic standard safety features! For airbags you'll find dual front advanced airbags, dual front seat-mounted side airbags and full-length side curtain airbags. Other safety features include front seatbelt pre-tensioners, 3-point seat belts for all seats, electronic stability control, anti-lock braking system, vehicle stability management, hill start assist control and electronic force distribution. Plus a tire pressure monitoring system, front and rear crumple zones, side impact door beams, rear child safety door locks and LATCH child safety seat anchors!

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Final Thoughts on the 2018 Kia Rio

The 2018 Kia Rio is a really sweet subcompact sedan! It offers tons of great features from technology to enhanced safety and convenience and comfort! Come into Sunset Kia today to take a look at a Rio model for yourself, try out a few of the features and even take on for a spin we know you'll love it!

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