The 2020 Kia Rio is a small car with a quality feel.
The 2020 Kia Rio is a dutiful, trustworthy small car that is a frugal choice with an excellent warranty. It drives better than some compact cars, which makes it even more appealing.
We rate the 2020 Rio at 5.3 out of 10. (Read more about how we rate cars.)
This year, the Rio is available in LX ($16,675) and S ($17,315) trim levels and comes with a 1.6-liter inline-4 that is down on power compared to last year’s version, but up on fuel economy. It comes paired exclusively with a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT), which helps it earn 36 mpg combined. Performance isn’t the 2020 Rio’s forte, but it has a soft, comfortable ride, and its steering is reasonably sharp.