The Kia Rio is a fun subcompact car that offers a surprisingly spacious interior and plenty of exterior style. For 2020, Kia gives the Rio more standard features and a new engine and transmission. Every model now has a 7.0-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability. Other improvements include a more fuel-efficient powertrain that he EPA estimates will earn 33 miles per gallon city and 41 miles per gallon highway.
As with the 2019, the 2020 Rio is available in two trim levels: the LX, which has a MSRP of under $15,000, and the S, the hatchback, which is priced about $1,000 higher.
For 2020, an all-new Gamma 2 1.6L MPI engine replaces the Gamma 1.6L GDI engine, which achieves 130 horsepower and 119 pound-feet of torque. Also, all-new iVT transmission replaces the six-speed automatic, further increasing the Rio’s already stellar fuel efficiency.
The Rio gets a new transmission for MY 2020. Designed and built in-house, the IVT is Kia's version of a continuously variable transmission. It replaces the previous model year’s six-speed automatic transmission. Thanks to its new powertrain, the 2020 Rio enjoys better fuel efficiency: city mileage is now 33 mpg (up from 28) while highway mileage is now 41 mpg (up from 37). That translates into a combined 36-mpg performance, an increase of four mpg over the previous model years.
The four-passenger Rio features plenty of cargo room, especially if you choose the S trim package, which is the hatchback version. A 7-inch color touchscreen with support for Android Auto1 and Apple CarPlay2 is also now standard on both trim levels. Other interior features that come standard include a steering wheel with mounted audio controls, air conditioning, woven cloth seats, a six-way adjustable driver's seat, an illuminated glove box, and 60/40 split-folding rear seat.
The higher of the two trim levels comes with Forward Collision Avoidance, one of Kia’s lineup of Driver Assistance features. Every Rio comes standard with front air bags, seat-mounted side air bags, side curtain air bags, four-wheel anti-lock brakes, vehicle stability management, electronic stability control, hill start assist control, electronic brake-force distribution, front and rear crumple zones, side-impact door beams, seat belt pre-tensioners on the driver and front passenger seats, three-point seat belts on all seats, and a tire-pressure monitoring system.