2017 Kia Rio: Freehold, NJ

 

It’s genuinely hard to find a brand-new vehicle for under $15k, but the Kia Rio is one to look at. This sporty subcompact focuses on doing what it does and doing it well, providing a four-door vehicle and a great driving experience—all for a price that your budget will love.

The Kia Rio offers a choice of two trims—the LX and the EX—which becomes essentially a choice between an automatic transmission and a manual. The LX is the manual base model, while the EX is the automatic model with more options that come standard. Both versions come with a 1.6L inline four engine with 138 horsepower, as well as front wheel drive. This little vehicle has unexpected power for a subcompact, and provides an average of 31 mpg.

The exterior is just as sporty as you might expect from a subcompact of this caliber, with bold front fascia complete with a mesh grille. Its aerodynamic shape eliminates any worry about boxy or boring creeping into the look, and halogen headlights and heated mirrors add a bit of swagger as well.

 

 

The interior is straightforward, but that’s what you would expect from a budget-conscious model like the Rio. Comfortable cloth seats are the standard option, and the vehicle itself offers more than 88 cubic feet of passenger space so that you can bring your friends along for the ride. The Rio seats up to five passengers, but it’s likely to be snug in the back so three adults probably won’t want to ride for hours. The trunk offers 13.7 cubic feet of cargo room, which is plenty for your daily needs.

When you need to stay connected while you’re commuting or stuck in traffic, the Rio can help. You’ll get steering-wheel mounted controls as well as the option to connect your smartphone via Bluetooth, which will make it easier to make calls and answer them without taking your eyes off the road. Another available option is the UVO eServices package, which also helps you access your own music and contacts even more easily.

When you’re looking for a subcompact without sacrificing style or substance, the 2017 Kia Rio is ready to show you what it’s made of. Sporty styling and a comfortable interior combine to create a budget-friendly option for those who want the comfort of a brand-new vehicle with the price tag of a used sedan.