The Kia Rio Is Compact, Affordable, and Versatile

Every automaker seems to offer their own compact vehicle, and even so, the Kia Rio remains the top choice for Shelby, Gastonia, and Kings Mountain drivers. The Rio is available as either a sedan or a hatchback, helping it appeal to a wider range of drivers. This way, you can choose whether you prefer the traditional styling of a sedan or the cargo versatility of a hatchback. Whether you choose the sedan or hatchback, you will be getting virtually identical models with the exception of body style.

The Rio remains the most affordable model in the Kia lineup, making it perfect for those who want to own their first car or just don’t want to be paying off an auto loan for too long. Even with its budget-friendly nature, the Kia Rio offers plenty to love, including two trims for the sedan and three for the hatchback, known as the Rio 5-Door. This means that you can enjoy higher-end features without breaking the bank, including things like navigation featuring voice commands and a power sunroof. With an Active Eco System, the Rio delivers even better fuel economy.

Drivers who are looking to step into a brand-new car without a hefty price tag that still offers plenty of features should consider the Kia Rio.

What’s New on the 2018 Kia Rio?

Everything! That’s right. The Rio is has been completely redesigned, inside and out, for the 2018 model year. The compact car now offers a more polished exterior look plus an interior that’s loaded up with fun and functional features. This is a value-priced car, but you’d never know it from the number of features and technology you get with the 2018 Rio.

You can choose between a hatchback Rio and a sedan configuration, and each is offered in the same three trim levels:

  • LX
  • S
  • EX

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Changes to the Kia Rio throughout Its History

The Kia Rio first arrived for the 2001 model year, standing out for its affordability, long warranty, and range of features. It was originally available only as a sedan, but the 2002 Rio added a wagon body style with more than 44 cubic feet for storage for drivers who needed a little extra versatility. The 2003 Rio saw the addition of map lights, child seat anchors, bottle holders, other interior additions, and a new 1.6 liter, 4-cylinder engine. Alloy wheels on the Cinco trim and lumbar support for the driver were added the following year, providing more style and comfort.

The 2006 Rio represented a new redesign and was when the hatchback arrived, replacing the wagon. There were just minor changes for the following model year, such as a new SX trim level. The LX trim became available on the Rio 5-Door for 2008. Bluetooth* and cruise control arrived for the 2010 model year. There was another major redesign for the 2012 Rio, more closely matching the models you will find as new today. Since then, Kia has continued to improve the Rio’s efficiency with stop-start technology, added available paddle shifters, and made other minor adjustments to increase safety, comfort, and style.

Experience the Best When You Visit Renaldo Kia

Drivers looking for a budget-friendly compact vehicle love the range of features the Kia Rio has available. For a wide selection of new and used Kias, visit Renaldo Kia in Shelby, NC. Our expert team can walk you through the different models and their features, helping you decide what suits your needs. We are happy to answer any of your questions and help you configure the car of your dreams.

Here at Renaldo Kia, you won’t have to worry about the hassle of finding a loan; our highly trained staff can assist you with financing right here at the dealership. We can also help you extend the life of your Kia with visits to our service center. Stop in today, and one of our professionals will help you get set up with a test drive.

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4425 East Dixon Blvd Shelby, NC


Phone: 704-482-4542

4425 East Dixon Blvd Shelby, NC
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