2023 Kia Rio Performance

Kia Rio Performance Rating

2023 Rio Performance

When one thinks of performance motoring, names like '911' and 'GT-R' come to mind. There might be a turbocharged sleeper Rio prowling around in some corner of the world, but as far as we know, the Rio is about as tepid a vehicle as you can possibly get when buying new. Under the hood lies a naturally-aspirated 1.6-liter engine that produces just 120 horsepower and 112 lb-ft of torque. But it is easy to forget what the Rio is all about: motoring on a budget. This means that you only need enough power to keep you steady at highway cruising speeds, and the Rio manages that reasonably well. This FWD-only vehicle will manage a 0 to 60 time in the region of ten seconds and should be able to see a top speed of over 110 mph. Again, it is important to stipulate that outright performance is not this car's forte; cheap motoring with an eye on efficiency is.

2023 Rio Performance Photos

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2023 Kia Rio Gear Shifter

Engine and Transmission

The 1.6-liter four-pot produces 120 hp and 112 lb-ft of torque and channels all that raw energy to the front wheels via a continuously variable automatic transmission. The only goal of this powertrain is to allow the sedan to confidently navigate the streets and highways without being a nuisance to other road users, and we found that it did exactly that. In and around town, the Rio will easily keep up with traffic, and on the highway, you'll be able to cruise at speeds of up to 80 mph without the car feeling too strained; just forget about attempting any daring overtaking maneuvers. The CVT transmission does a good job of keeping the Rio in its powerband and contributes to the car's excellent efficiency.

2023 Kia Rio Performance Specs:

Kia Rio TrimsKia Rio EnginesKia Rio HorsepowerKia Rio TransmissionsKia Rio DrivetrainsKia Rio MPG/MPGE
LX1.6L Inline-4 Gas120 hp @ 6300 rpmContinuously Variable Automatic (CVT)FWD36 MPG
S1.6L Inline-4 Gas120 hp @ 6300 rpmContinuously Variable Automatic (CVT)FWD36 MPG

2023 Rio Gas Mileage

It is evident when you look at the Rio sedan's powertrain configuration that this car was built to deliver good gas mileage. Its naturally-aspirated four-pot engine is mated to a CVT transmission that does its best to keep the Rio in the sweet spot, maximizing performance and efficiency. The end result is an excellent EPA rating of 32/41/36 mpg city/highway/combined. By comparison, the Nissan Versa will only manage up to 32/40/35 mpg from its own 1.6-liter engine.

With an 11.9-gallon fuel tank onboard, the Rio should see a maximum range of 428 miles in mixed driving conditions.

2023 Kia Rio Fuel Capacity

Kia Rio TrimsLXS
Kia Rio Tank size13.7 gal.13.7 gal.
Kia Rio Fuel Economy (Cty/Hwy)32/4132/41
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