Get Compact Fun in the Kia Rio
The Kia Rio is a subcompact vehicle that is not only practical but ready to deliver fun, as well. It has true entry-level pricing that puts it within the reach of the masses. Looking at the Rio, you will see a sculpted, aerodynamic vehicle with a distinctive front grille that sets it apart from the crowd. It has been recently restyled, and now you can enjoy 15-inch alloy wheels. Inside, you get plenty of legroom and headroom no matter where you are sitting, something that is truly impressive for a subcompact. The Rio has split-folding rear seats, and there is also an available Rio 5-Door with even more rear headroom and cargo space. The Kia Rio can deliver as much refinement as you need with features like leather, contrasting gray stitching, and two-tone seats. Come see this fun and dynamic vehicle at Ray Brandt Kia in Harvey, LA today! We’d love to get you set up with a test drive.
How the 2017 Kia Rio Compares to the Previous Model Year
The adjustments to the 2017 Kia Rio are very minor, making this model year nearly identical to the previous one. The only major difference is that the sedan version is no longer offered as an SX trim level. This leaves the LX or EX for the Rio Sedan and LX, EX, or SX for the Rio 5-Door Hatchback. There are also some adjustments to the exterior colors, with Digital Yellow leaving the list of options and the LX trim getting Red as well as Black.
Although you may not notice a great deal of other changes, those familiar with the vehicle will notice multiple design tweaks that make it seem leaner and meaner. These include slimmer headlights that seem more aggressive and flatter panels as opposed to the previously curved sheet metal. The interior has nicer materials and a “floating” infotainment system that extends off and up the dashboard while retaining physical buttons.
History of the Kia Rio
The history of the Kia Rio dates back to the 1987 Kia Pride, a mini hatchback available in Korea between 1987 and 1999. In the U.S., it was sold under the name of the Ford Festiva, as it was a combined effort of Ford, Kia, and Mazda. It had 54 or 72 horsepower. This model was followed by and overlapped slightly with the Kia Avella, which arrived in 1994, and was the Ford Aspire in the United States. It had heated rear glass, door impact beams, four speakers, 13-inch wheels, and a driver’s-side airbag. It was available with a choice of two engines.
The Kia Rio finally took over in 1999 when the Avella and Pride were discontinued, although the American Rio is still known as the Pride in Korea. At this point, the Rio was offered as a 4-door sedan or hatchback. At first, it used a 96-horsepower 1.5-liter gas engine. In 2002, the Kia Rio got a minor facelift, including new styling both inside and out plus upgrades to the brakes, engine, and suspension.
The 2006 Rio marked the second generation with three engines to choose from abroad but only a 1.6-liter gas one in the United States. The Rio continued to offer both body styles, and South Korea began testing pre-production hybrid-electric models. For 2010, the Kia Rio got a facelift with the Kia tiger nose grille, Bluetooth* phone capabilities, a new gauge cluster, and other high-tech advancements. The current third generation arrived in 2011, giving us the familiar subcompact you can find today.
New and Used Kia Rios in Harvey, LA
The Kia Rio is a practical, subcompact vehicle that everyone loves. If you are shopping for a new vehicle, pay a visit to Ray Brandt Kia in Harvey, Louisiana. Our professionals are ready to help you learn about the different models, trims, and available features. To make things even easier, you can find financing right here at the dealership, and our certified mechanics can help you with all your maintenance and repair needs in our comprehensive service center. Stop in for a test drive today!
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