Kia Rio Ranked One of Seven Best New Cars Priced Below $15,000
A new car that’s packed with quality features, good power, and performance is like an automotive diamond in the rough. But the editors at U.S. News & World Report have compiled a healthy round-up of seven of the best new cars available under $15,000. Standing out on this list is the Kia Rio, which boasts a redesign for 2018 and impressive features even in the base trim.
Not only did the editors praise the starting price for the base trim of the 2018 Kia Rio, they were quite impressed that opting for a higher trim wouldn’t break the bank either.
“The price of the base trim is low enough that you could upgrade a few things and still not reach $15,000. The standard six-speed manual transmission can be replaced by a six-speed automatic for about $1,000, or you could choose the five-door hatchback instead of the sedan for about $300 more,” reports U.S. News & World Report Writer Kristen Hall-Geisler.
You get three trims to choose from: LX, S, and EX. Each trim is powered by a 1.6-liter inline four-cylinder engine that you can pair to either a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission with Sportmatic® to earn a respectable 130 horsepower and 119 lb-ft of torque. With either transmission selection, the 2018 Rio earns 37 mpg on the highway and a combined mpg of 32.
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Bluetooth® wireless technology with steering-wheel-mounted controls, Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ compatibility are available to help keep you connected while available driver assist technologies include Autonomous Emergency Braking and a Forward Collision Warning System.
News Source: U.S. News & World Report