Latest infotainment, safety, and an updated 1.6L providing a little more efficiency. Wayne Gerdes – CleanMPG – Aug. 28, 2017 2018 Kia Rio Sedan w/ the MT – Starts at just $13,900 (excludes $895 D&H) in LX trim and offers 29/37 with the stick and 28/37 with the AT. 2018 Kia Rio At the ready! The all-new 2018 Kia Rio sedan and 5-door hatchback are the latest additions to the Kia model lineup. While few get excited about a new B-Segment offering(s), the previous gen was one of the most stylish B-segments available and I suspect the all-new Rio will bring its own unique personality to the table vs the somewhat bland offerings from most everyone else. 2018 Kia Rio Exterior Design The Rio’s front end wears the latest iteration of Kia’s ‘tiger-nose’ grille, integrating new wraparound headlamps while the fog lamp surrounds have been moved outwards. The Rio sedans length is up 2.6 inches to 172.6 inches and the Rio 5-door is up .6 inches to 160.0 inches. Both profiles feature a .4” longer wheelbase to 101.6 inches and more upright A-pillars. The sedan and 5-door are both lower and wider as well. The rear of the Rio is now more upright with shorter overhangs and thinner taillamps. Like the front-end, the rear view of the car is wider. The Rio rides on 15” steel wheels that have been pushed toward the corners while the EX features alloys. 2018 Kia Rio Interior Design The Rio’s interior is larger and more modern with improved instrument panel, more ergonomic layout and upgraded interior materials. Horizontal lines running the width of the dashboard mimic the exterior design and give the cabin a wider and more expansive look and feel. For convenience, the center console offers a bi-level tray to better accommodate portable devices such as smartphones and small tablets. I am going to miss the swoop feature lines in the passenger side dash as those made the previous gen really stand out. Thanks to Rio’s larger dimensions, the sedan’s passenger space is 89.9 cu. ft. while the 5-door hatchback measures 90.5 cu. ft. Front occupants will enjoy more head room, leg room and shoulder room while those in the second row will benefit from greater leg- and shoulder room. These improvements are the result of re-profiled door trims, new material for the headliner and a reshaping of the dashboard. Cargo volume has been increased proportionately. The sedan now consumes up to 13.7 cu. ft. of cargo while the hatch can take in 17.4/32.8 cu. ft. with the seats up/folded down. 2018 Kia Rio Trunk Great to see B-Segments with usable trunk volumes! The front seats have also been redesigned to enhance comfort. They feature a slimmer design yet add more cushion and padding to reduce driver fatigue during long commutes and road trips. 2018 Kia Rio Infotainment The Rio offers Bluetooth hands-free functionality, 6-speaker stereo with XM and a rear-view camera. Available only on the top-tier EX trim is a 7-inch floating touchscreen interface, UVO3 voice recognition and smartphone integration through Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. <-- The one to consider. 2018 Kia Rio Drivetrain Available in three trims – LX, S and EX – the all-new 2018 Rio is powered by a carryover but enhanced Gamma 130 hp and 119 lb-ft. of torque 1.6L GDI I4 with improved fuel efficiency, better responsiveness and low-speed driving dynamics. The engine enhancements help improve Rio’s fuel economy to 28/37 mpg city/highway (automatic, both 5-door and sedan). Equipped with the 6-speed MT, 29/37 mpg city/highway (both 5-door and sedan) is in the cards. Both best the previous generation by 1 mpg city/highway for the automatic and manual. Direct injection, variable intake system, low-friction oil seals, and piston cooling-jets were the help to its efficiency. An aluminum valve cover and block help reduce weight, while incorporating cast iron linings for increased durability. Either a six-speed MT or six-speed AT are offered in the Rio sedan and 5-door. 2018 Kia Rio Chassis The Rio’s all-new platform is larger than the previous generation model and underpinned by completely new suspension geometry. Weighing in at just 2,648 lbs. (w/ the 6-speed MT) and 2,714 lbs. (w/ the 6-speed AT), a new more refined driving experience with more agile handling and improved ride comfort was added while still using the tried, true, and inexpensive struts up front and torsion beam out back. The new Rio sedan and Rio 5-door received revised spring and damper setup that helps make the car more compliant and comfortable. Stopping power comes from 11-inch discs up front and drums out back, while the EX model is fitted with 10.3” discs behind. The all-new Rio can be equipped with Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) in higher end trims. Rio’s solid structure makes use of advanced high strength steel to help increase durability, collision test performance and torsional stiffness for improved handling and ride quality. For reduced noise, vibration and harshness (NVH), the Rio uses body sealing and bonding adhesives to dampen sound pathways throughout its construction. 2018 Kia Rio Safety The all-new Rio is targeting the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) Top Safety Pick designation and a 5-star rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Standard safety features include six airbags, side-impact door beams, Electronic Stability Control, a four-wheel Anti-lock Brake System (ABS), Hill-start Assist Control (HAC) and Vehicle Stability Management (VSM). 2018 Kia Rio Profile 2018 Kia Rio Pricing LX w/ MT starts at $13,900 (sedan)/$14,200(5-door) LX w/ AT starts at $14,990 (sedan)/$15,290.00 (5-door) S w/ AT starts at $16,100 (sedan)/$16,400 (5-door) EX w/ AT trim starts at $18,400 (sedan)/$18,700 (5-door) Accessory Pricing Cargo Mat: $95.00 Carpet Floor Mat: $130.00 Cargo Net: $50.00 Cargo Tray: $80.00 EC Mirror with Homelink and Compass: $350.00 As one of the few that enjoys driving the classic efficient and affordable new econo-box for the masses, I cannot wait to get behind the wheel of this little beauty too. Well maybe the EX with Android Auto and 7” screen anyway?