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US News & World Report Includes Kia Rio on Most Improved List for 2018

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The 2018 Kia Rio is definitely worth a second look, according to the experts at U.S. News & World Report, who just named the stylish ride to its list of the “7 Most Improved Cars of 2018.”

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“Our new car rankings are based on the consensus of America’s top automotive experts, as well as safety and reliability data. We combine several components in a formula that is based on what car shoppers say matters to them most in a new vehicle,” reports U.S. News & World Report Writer Matt Rand.

Thanks to its thoughtful redesign, the 2018 Kia Rio earned 8.7 out of 10 from the pub, which is an improvement of +0.6. This high score was a result of the Rio’s technology updates, which now deliver forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking as available features. When measured against the 2017 model, the 2018 Rio Hatchback delivers more cubic feet of cargo space, another reason why the Rio snagged a spot on the list.

2018 Kia Rio Hatchback

“J.D. Power and Associates gives the new Rio a predicted reliability rating of 4.5 out of 5, while the 2017 model receives only three out of five. On the road, the Rio continues to offer sufficient punch and above-average agility for the segment,” reports Rand.

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The 2018 Kia Rio is available at three trim levels: LX, S, and EX. Each trim is equipped with a 1.6-liter inline four-cylinder engine. The LX features a six-speed manual transmission while the S, and EX are equipped with a six-speed automatic transmission with Sportmatic®. The Rio’s powertrain is capable of generating 130 horsepower and 119 lb-ft of torque.

News Source: U.S. News & World Report