2019 Kia Rio

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2019 Kia Rio Ratings


Consumer Rating

The J.D. Power 100-Point Score is based on hundreds of thousands of independent and unbiased opinions of verified car owners.
J.D. Power
Out of 100

Quality & Reliability

Measures the level of defects, malfunctions, and design flaws experienced by vehicle owners. Covers the entire vehicle from engine to infotainment system. A higher rating means fewer problems.

Driving Experience

Owners' evaluation of the vehicle's design, performance, comfort, functionality, safety, and technology, comprise this rating. Newer and recently-redesigned vehicles tend to score better.


J.D. Power's forecast of depreciation (how much of its current value the vehicle will likely lose) over the next three years. Lower depreciation equals a higher rating.

Dealership Experience

Owners' experience with this brand's dealerships during the purchase and service process make up this rating. Key factors include customer service, dealership facilities, and the quality of work.

Best Small Car of 2019

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Owners Like

Measured owner satisfaction with 2019 Kia Rio after 90-days of ownership.
  • Styling of the dashboard
  • Feel of the seat material
  • The vehicle's voice recognition and bluetooth

Owners Don't Like

The problems experienced by owners of the 2019 Kia Rio during the first 90-days of ownership.
  • Vehicle's handling on curves
  • Ease of loading/unloading trunk/hatch
  • Forward visibility

Performance Specs

MPG City







6 speed, Automatic w/OD


Regular Unleaded I-4


Front Wheel Drive

Available Trims

2019 Kia Rio Review

Value is about one thing: getting the most bang for your buck. And with its combination of efficiency convenience and technology the Kia Rio delivers value after value. The best part? It’s really fun to drive! Choose from three models1: the LX S and the well-appointed EX. ?Getting up to 37 miles per gallon the Rio definitely gives you more bang for your gas buck. But don’t worry its six-speed transmission will put a smile on your face every time you press the accelerator. ?With more front and rear hip and shoulder room than competitors the Rio’s interior gives you more bang for your comfort buck too. And its climate control system comes with interior air filtration. ?Sirius satellite radio is standard equipment on all Rios and Kia’s available UVO connectivity system brings Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration to a seven-inch touchscreen. Choose from a variety of colors and accessories and build a Rio that’s all yours. The Kia Rio. It makes value fun again.
Stay connected in a Kia Rio. Manage your music make phone calls and more with the available UVO connectivity system. It comes with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration. Download the Augmented Reality Owner’s Manual app+ and use your smartphone to access your Rio’s owner’s manual. Scan places on your Rio like the dashboard or engine compartment and features pop up on the screen. Download the free UVO eServices app and use your smartphone to contact roadside assistance find your car in a parking lot= and more. The Kia Rio. Connectivity comes standard.
Advanced safety technology comes standard on every Kia Rio. Active safety features include electronic stability control anti-lock brakes and traction control. Passive safety features include side-impact door beams and a comprehensive supplemental restraint system. And Forward Collision Warning with Autonomous Emergency Braking is available for even more peace of mind. The Kia Rio. Because safety is the biggest value.
The efficient and fun-to-drive Kia Rio will put a smile on your face every time you drive by a gas station. The Rio’s 1.6-liter engine1 and six-speed transmission combine for responsive acceleration—and up to 37 miles to a gallon of gas. With a lower overall height and greater front and rear track widths than competitors the Rio promises good handling and its MacPherson front and torsion-beam rear suspension systems bring that promise home. The Kia Rio. Who says a great value can’t be good fun?

J.D. Power Award Winner

Quality Award Winner

Awarded to the brands/models with the fewest problems reported per 100 owners during the first 90 days of ownership
2019 Kia Rio JD Power Award Winner
2019 Kia Rio

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