2021 Kia Rio Arrives In America With Updated Looks And New Tech


Kia introduced the facelifted Rio earlier this year and now the company has unveiled the US-spec model.

Looking virtually identical to the European variant, the 2021 Rio features a sportier front fascia with a revised grille.  The model also adopts a new central intake with a mesh-like pattern.

The changes extend to the cabin as there’s a larger 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility.

Also Read: 2021 Kia Rio Facelift Brings Subtle Styling Tweaks, Big Content Upgrades

Unfortunately, the upgrades come at a cost as the 2021 Rio starts at $16,050 which is an increase of $200. However, that’s still pretty cheap and the entry-level Rio LX comes equipped with air conditioning, power windows / locks and a four-speaker audio system. Other notable highlights include a 3.5-inch instrument cluster display and 15-inch steel wheels.

The range-topping Rio S begins at $16,690 and it’s a worthwhile upgrade as it adds cruise control, keyless entry and a car alarm. Buyers will also find a split-folding rear seat, a rear USB charger and a front center armrest.

More importantly, the Rio S can be equipped with a new technology package which costs $1,800. It adds 15-inch alloy wheels, a push-button ignition and an automatic climate control system. The package also includes LED headlights, Sirius satellite radio and a larger 4.2-inch instrument cluster display.

Last but not least, the package adds an assortment of driver assistance systems such as Forward Collision Avoidance with Pedestrian Detection, Lane Following Assist and Lane Departure Warning. That’s on top of High Beam Assist and Rear Occupant Alert.

The Rio 5-Door has also been updated for 2021 and it features the same upgrades as the sedan.  However, it’s only available in S trim which starts at $16,990.

Regardless of the trim, all Rios are powered by a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 120 hp (89 kW / 122 PS) and 112 lb-ft (152 Nm) of torque. It’s connected to a continuously variable transmission, which enables the car to return an EPA-estimated fuel economy rating of 33 mpg city, 41 mpg highway and 36 mpg combined.

Note: Prices exclude a $965 destination charge

Updated: December 28, 2020 — 9:15 pm

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