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2017 Kia Rio: A Price-Savvy Pick for Recent Grads

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2017 Kia Rio

Although the Kia Soul frequently appears on lists for affordable, safe cars for recent graduates on the market for a new ride, the 2017 Kia Rio appears to be an even better option for this demographic.

The 2017 Kia Rio comes in at a base price of $14,165. The 2017 Kia Rio is a great steal, especially when compared to MSRP’s of a few of its rivals:

• 2017 Chevy Sonic – $16,020
• 2017 Hyundai Accent – $14,745
• 2017 Honda Fit – $16,090
• 2017 Toyota Yaris – $15,250


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The 2017 Kia Rio boasts a sporty, compact design that is easy to navigate both in rush hour and in crowded parking areas. Despite its petite size, it delivers a powerful punch with 123 lb-ft torque and 138 horsepower.

The 2017 Kia Rio’s built-in Active Eco System makes energy conservation easy. Its 1.6-liter four-cylinder GDI engine helps it achieve an EPA-estimated combined city/highway mileage rating of 31. It ranks in the middle of the fuel efficiency scale when contrasted with the combined mpg of its competitors:

• 2017 Chevy Sonic – 28 mpg
• 2017 Hyundai Accent – 31 mpg
• 2017 Honda Fit – 32 mpg
• 2017 Toyota Yaris – 33 mpg


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According to the IIHS, the 2017 Kia Rio got the highest safety ratings for its Moderate Overlap Front, Roof Strength, and Rear Crash Protection/Head Restraint tests. It got 4 out of 5 stars for its overall NHTSA rating; it got the most points for its protection against Side Crash impacts.

With such great ratings for affordability, safety, and efficiency, the 2017 Kia Rio is an excellent choice for a recent grad to consider.