2016 Kia Rio Video

Kia gave its subcompact car a visual update for 2016. Outside, sedan and hatchback versions of the Rio get a more polished face, says Cars.com reviewer Kelsey Mays. Inside, the changes are also minor and include a revised control panel.

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By Jennifer Geiger | February 17, 2015 | Comments (0)

Small Changes Add Up With the 2016 Kia Rio (31 Photos)

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The redesigned 2016 Kia Rio quietly debuted at the 2015 Chicago Auto Show with a few interior and exterior changes and just a passing mention in Kia's press conference. While subtle, new front and rear styling provide the subcompact Rio with a more dominant presence that's especially so in the Rio 5-Door hatchback, though the Rio sedan also receives a similar new look.

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Kia played with the design of the front and rear bodywork to give the Rio visual width through the use of a more horizontally styled front lower bumper and a new grille more in line with the rest of the Kia lineup. Sure, it sounds like a stretch that those minor changes could make any kind of an improvement, but looking at all the changes on the auto show floor the results are indeed apparent and substantial.

By Joe Bruzek | February 13, 2015 | Comments (0)

2016 Kia Rio: First Look

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Competes with: Ford Fiesta, Hyundai Accent, Chevrolet Sonic, Toyota Yaris

Looks like: Rio gets a dose of style with a restyled, more dramatic looking face

Drivetrain: 138-hp, 1.6-liter four-cylinder; six-speed manual and six-speed automatic

Hits dealerships: Early this year

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Kia's on a styling tear lately, with eye-catching updates to its Sedona minivan and Sorento three-row crossover. Now it's the Rio's turn. The 2016 subcompact sedan and hatchback debuted this morning at the 2015 Chicago Auto Show with a fresh new face and lightly revised interior.

By Jennifer Geiger | February 12, 2015 | Comments (1)

What's the Most Affordable Car in 2014?

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Shoppers may face legitimate sticker shock when they're shopping for a new car. TV and radio advertisements may lead them to believe that new cars all get at least 35 mpg for less than $15,000, but the price of entry for even a modestly equipped new car is well above that.

Related: What's the Most Affordable Compact SUV for 2014?

That's why we've taken the cars with the lowest sticker prices and added a dose of reality. A vast majority of buyers never consider buying a car with a manual transmission (often the standard equipment on inexpensive new cars), so right out of the gate the car they're shopping for costs significantly more than they thought it would. Opting for an automatic transmission can cost $1,000 or more.

By David Thomas | July 21, 2014 | Comments (8)

What Hyundai-Kia's Latest Strike Means to Car Shoppers

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Hyundai-Kia's troubled home-turf labor relations continue. The latest chapter has Korean labor unions voting to strike over wage and benefit disputes with the South Korean automaker. The result could mean a production stoppage in its home country.

Hyundai-Kia, which together rank fifth in global sales, is the sixth on the U.S. sales pole, with year-to-date sales down 0.3%. Still, the automaker builds popular cars like the Hyundai Elantra and Sonata, as well as the Kia Optima and Soul. All four rank in the top 35 best-sellers so far this year — and although the automaker operates two assembly plants in the U.S., all Soul and a significant chunk of Optima, Elantra and Sonata vehicles hail from South Korea. A production stoppage could hamstring dealer supply in a matter of weeks.

By Kelsey Mays | August 15, 2013 | Comments (1)

2014 Kia Forte Koup at the 2013 New York Auto Show

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  • Competes with: Honda Civic Si, VW GTI, Hyundai Veloster Turbo
  • Looks like: Kia's design language doesn't work on every body style
  • Drivetrain: Front-wheel drive with either 173-hp, 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and six-speed automatic transmission or 201-hp, turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder, six-speed manual or automatic transmission
  • Hits dealerships: End of 2013

Kia has a unique strategy for its Forte lineup that makes a lot of sense. The volume sedan comes with two engines — one vanilla, one not — for 2014. The 2014 Forte Koup announced today starts with that un-vanilla engine and then throws in some more spice in the form of a 201-horsepower, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder.

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It's the same choice of engines as the recently announced Forte 5-Door.

The two-door version's power plants put out 201 hp and 195 pounds-feet of torque for the turbo and 173 hp and 154 pounds-feet of torque for the 2.0. Fuel economy wasn't released, but the EPA recently rated the 2.0-liter Forte sedan at 24 mpg city, 36 mpg highway and 28 mpg combined for the six-speed automatic, which is the only option for the coupe. The turbo engine will be available with either a six-speed manual or automatic transmission.

By David Thomas | March 27, 2013 | Comments (2)

Kia to Unveil Crossover Concept, Superman Car at 2013 Chicago Auto Show

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Kia's showing in Chicago next week will be a mix of concept, in the Kia Cross GT, and just plain conceptual, in its Superman-inspired Optima Hybrid. Both cars are set to be unveiled at the 2013 Chicago Auto Show, which runs Feb. 9-18 at McCormick Place.

Kia released a sneak peak of the Cross GT concept this morning. The photo shows what appears to be a seven-seat crossover larger than the 2014 Kia Sorento. Kia describes the Cross GT concept as "inspired by nature, driven by technology" and stated that it "hints at the future of Kia’s design language in the form of a premium Crossover Utility Vehicle." We’ll have full coverage of the concept next week from the show.

By Matt Schmitz | January 30, 2013 | Comments (3)

Insurance Study Finds GMC Sierra 1500 Best for Safety

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A new study of insurance rates for injury protection and medical payments ranked the GMC Sierra 1500 pickup truck highest for occupant injury protection. The Fiat 500 ranks lowest.

Insure.com studied prevailing insurance rates across hundreds of ZIP codes from six major auto-insurance carriers: Allstate, Farmers, Geico, Nationwide, Progressive and State Farm. The firm analyzed premiums for injury coverage, including provisions for uninsured motorists and lost wages, on more than 750 new cars.

Besides the GMC Sierra 1500 (SLE/SLT/Work Truck), the best rates came from the Porsche Cayenne, GMC Yukon (SLT/Denali), GMC Sierra 2500 (SLE only) and GMC Terrain (SLE1 only) — all trucks or SUVs. On the other end, multiple trim levels of the Fiat 500 and 500c (cabrio) rated worst among injury-protection rates. The Kia Rio5 (LX/SX), Toyota Corolla (L only), Mitsubishi Lancer Ralliart and Mercedes-Benz CL600 joined the small Fiat among the worst cars for injury-related insurance rates. Four of those five are compact or subcompact, and three of them start under $17,500.
By Kelsey Mays | January 29, 2013 | Comments (0)

Hyundai, Kia Mileage Mishap: How It Happened

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How did Hyundai-Kia get its estimated mileage ratings so wrong that it had to offer reimbursement to some 900,000 owners? The truth is complicated, and it gets to the complexities of EPA testing.

Hyundai-Kia's Sung Hwan Cho told reporters this morning that it's "a very complex testing process." Cho heads the automaker's U.S. technical centers. He shed some light on the EPA tests, which lead to the city and highway fuel-economy figures on a new-car window sticker. A key part of the tests involve measuring the resistance of various systems, dubbed the "road load" by engineers: how a car's tires meet the pavement, how the vehicle's shape cuts through the air and how the drivetrain's moving parts work in tandem. Each area translates to fuel efficiency, or lack thereof.

"There are hundreds of different parameters that can affect this road load," Cho said. "Ambient temperature, wind speeds, atmospheric pressure."

Then there's a litany of variations within each test vehicle — how many miles are on it, the condition of the drivetrain, the tire wear. Finally, the test procedures themselves involve "which kind of regulation and guidance procedures you follow, and how you process the data, and how you calibrate your measurements," he said.

Somewhere in those variations, Hyundai-Kia went askew of EPA guidance. But exactly how much guidance exists is up in the air.

By Kelsey Mays | November 2, 2012 | Comments (9)

What to Do If You Own an Affected Hyundai, Kia

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We reported this morning that Hyundai and Kia are revising gas mileage ratings for nearly 900,000 vehicles from the 2011 through 2013 model years — about a third of the cars sold by the affiliated Korean automakers over that range. 

What does it mean to you if you own one of the affected cars? We just got off the line with Hyundai and Kia officials, and here are some answers:

By Kelsey Mays | November 2, 2012 | Comments (47)

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