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IIHS Names 2018 Kia Rio a Top Safety Pick Plus

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2018 Kia Rio

The 2018 Kia Rio has moved the automaker’s number of highly-rated safety vehicles into double digits. When equipped with LED headlights and Autonomous Emergency Braking, the 2018 Rio (built after June 2018) earns a Top Safety Pick Plus rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.


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“We are honored to receive the Top Safety Pick+ award for the Kia Rio, the only vehicle in IIHS’s minicar segment to earn such an accolade,” said Wook Jin, Director of the Vehicle Safety Engineering Group at Namyang R&D Center. “The Kia Rio joins several other Kia vehicles in achieving this feat, and this continues to show our commitment to safety across different vehicle segments and sizes.”

The 2018 Rio, which sports a new design than its previous generations, is available at three trim levels: LX, S, and EX. Each trim is powered by a 1.6-liter GDI four-cylinder engine that’s rated at 130 horsepower. The LX comes standard with a six-speed manual transmission while the S and EX trims are equipped with a six-speed automatic transmission with Sportmatic® to earn 119 lb-ft of torque.

To keep you connected, the Rio features an available UVO infotainment system with 7-inch touch screen display, voice recognition technology, and smartphone integration via Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™.  The advanced driver assist Forward Collision Warning System is standard on the EX trim. Standard safety features include Electronic Stability Control, an Anti-Lock Braking System, Hill-start Assist Control, a Tire-Pressure Monitoring System and Vehicle Stability Management.


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“The Rio may have a small footprint, but it’s a big performer in all other areas, including driving dynamics, style, features, and now safety accolades,” said Orth Hedrick, executive director, Car Product and Telematics, Kia Motors America.