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Pros: The 2016 Kia Rio offers plenty in terms of character and styling in an affordable package that’s available in sedan and 5-door guise. 

Cons: This latest Rio has been around since 2011, so it’s at the end of its cycle life and will likely see an update very soon. 

2016 Kia Rio Price and Fuel Economy: Kia has a rather large and extensive lineup of Rios available for your selection, ranging from sedans to hatchbacks, manual and automatic, and those fully loaded as well as base-model trims. The pricing is as follows: 

Sedan 
(Note: MT = manual transmission, AT = automatic transmission)

  • 2016 Kia Rio LX MT $14,295
  • 2016 Kia Rio LX+ MT $15,895
  • 2016 Kia Rio LX+ AT $17,195 
  • 2016 Kia Rio LX+ ECO $17,995
  • 2016 Kia Rio EX $18,395
  • 2016 Kia Rio EX Sunroof $19,295
  • 2016 Kia Rio SX AT $20,395
  • 2016 Kia Rio SX Navigation $22,595

5-Door (hatchback) 

  • 2016 Kia Rio LX MT $14,695 
  • 2016 Kia Rio LX+ MT $16,295
  • 2016 Kia Rio LX+ AT $17,595
  • 2016 Kia Rio LX+ ECO $18,395
  • 2016 Kia Rio EX $18,795
  • 2016 Kia Rio EX Sunroof $19,695 
  • 2016 Kia Rio SX MT $19,495 
  • 2016 Kia Rio SX AT $20,795
  • 2016 Kia Rio SX Navigation $22,995

In terms of efficiency, the manual transmission Kia Rios will see 6.4L/100km on the highway and 8.8L/100km in the city. Opt for an automatic and those numbers change to 6.3L/100km on the highway and 8.7L/100km in the city.

The 2016 Kia Rio LX+ ECO offers up fuel rating numbers of 6.3L/100km on the highway and 8.5L/100km in the city. 

Powertrain: The 2016 Kia Rio features the same engine across the entire model lineup, in both the sedan and the 5-door version. Said mill is a 1.6L GDI 4-cylinder that produces 137 horsepower and 123 lb-ft of torque. As seen above, most models can be had with either a 6-speed manual transmission or a 6-speed automatic with Sportmatic shifter. Power is sent to the front wheels only. 

Changes and Improvements: There are no major changes or improvements on the 2016 Kia Rio. 

Cargo Capacity: In the 2016 Kia Rio 5-door you’ll find space for five, as well as 424.8 litres of trunk space with the rear seats up. In the sedan, you’ve still got room for five, but this time you’re trunk space drops to 388 litres. 

Safety: The 2016 Kia Rio comes equipped with all manner of standard safety equipment and airbags, as well as electronic brakeforce distribution, vehicle stability management, 4-wheel disc brakes, and LATCH baby seat fixtures in the back. 

Comparing the 2016 Kia Rio: Hyundai Accent, Honda Fit, Nissan Versa Note, Nissan Micra, Mazda2.