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J.D. Power Recognizes Kia Rio as Most Dependable Small Car

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In the small car segment, the Kia Rio is looming large, when it comes to dependability.

According to J.D. Power’s 2018 Vehicle Dependability Study (VDS), which examined “problems reported during the past 12 months by original owners of three-year old vehicles (2015 model year),” the Kia Rio earned top marks with a score of 103 PP100 (problems experienced per 100 vehicles).

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Since 2016, Kia models have leapfrogged 12 rank positions, and this year’s study also placed the automaker in the second place spot “among all Non-Premium brands,” reports Kia.

According to Kia, the J.D. Power study “aims to measure the long-term quality of vehicles, including new technologies and features currently available to buyers.  It includes 32 nameplates and 225 models, covering 177 specific problem symptoms grouped into eight major vehicle categories (Seats, HVAC, Features/Controls/Displays (FCD), Driving Experience, Interior, Engine/Transmission, Exterior, Audio/Communication/Entertainment & Navigation (ACEN). In the 2018 study, Kia improved across every category.”

The 2018 Kia Rio has three trims — LX, S and EX — each equipped with a 1.6-liter inline GID four-cylinder engine. The LX is equipped with a six speed manual transmission and the S and EX trims are equipped with a six-speed automatic transmission with Sportmatic®.  Both powertrains generate 130 horsepower and 119 lb-ft of torque. The LX trim earns an EPA-estimated rating of 29 mpg in the city, 37 mpg on the highway, and 32 mpg combined; the S and EX trims earn an EPA-estimated rating of 28 mpg in the city, 37 mpg on the highway, and 32 mpg combined.

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The EX trim features a UVO infotainment system with 7-inch touchscreen as well as Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay™ compatibility, and the available 60/40 split-folding rear seat offers seating and cargo space versatility.