The updated 2021 Kia Rio has been arriving at U.S dealers. This month the model got the ‘2021 Best Certified Pre-Owned Value in America’ Award from Vincentric.
The Rio wins in the subcompact category outperforming seven rivals. With its low ownership cost – 2.8 % lower than expected for the segment – the car has a best-in-class performance.
Vincentric, America’s leading source of cost-of-ownership data, analyzed over 15,000 vehicle configurations. Eight cost factors were used: depreciation, fees and taxes, financing, fuel, insurance, repairs, maintenance, opportunity cost.
The new Kia Rio is already on sale. The starting price is $17,015 (sedan) and $17,955 (hatchback): slightly higher than before, but still one of the lowest on the market. The fully loaded Kia Rio costs just under $20,000.
The sedan comes in LX and S ($17,655) trim levels, while the hatchback is offered in a single S trim ($17,955).
An $1800 tech package is available now for the Rio S. It includes new 15-inch wheels and LED headlights, automatic climate control, proximity-key entry, several driver-assistance functions.
The 2021 model has revised front and rear bumpers. There is a larger standard 8.0-inch touchscreen inside, coming now with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
A base 1.6-liter 120-hp inline-four engine powers the car in pair with a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT). The EPA-rated fuel economy is 36 mpg combined.
Other Winning Kias
In 2020, Kia can boast other award winners. The new K5 and Sorento, for example, won the 2020 Good Design Awards in the Transportation category.
In addition, the Kia K5 became a winner in CarBuzz’s 2020 People’s Car Awards, which recognizes the best all-around vehicle selling for less than the average new car transaction price.
The Kia Seltos won in two categories of Kelley Blue Book’s 2021 Best Buy Awards – Best New Model and Subcompact SUV. The Kia Telluride earned the title of the Best Three-Row Midsize SUV again (2nd year in the row).