Refreshed 2021 Kia Rio Touches Down in America

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This is how much you'll pay for the updated model.

While America may be the world's second-largest car market after only China, sometimes cars take a little while to get here after they've been unveiled. The 2021 Kia Rio was already unveiled for its domestic market, South Korea, back in May of 2020, sporting a fresher face and some new tech. It even spawned a hybrid version, but while we previously suspected as much, it has now been confirmed that the hybrid is not for the US market. Instead, Kia has unveiled the final specification of the 2021 Rio hatchback and Rio5 sedan, along with pricing for the refreshed models, starting at a humble $16,050.

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That's for the Rio hatchback in LX guise, while the S will start at $16,690 excluding a $965 destination fee. The sedan, which is available solely in S guise, starts at $16,990. That's $200 more than before. Regardless of trim, both body styles are powered by a 1.6-liter MPI four-cylinder engine developing 130 horsepower and 112 lb-ft of torque. Paired to a CVT automatic, it won't be thrilling to drive, but it will be cheap to run thanks to mileage estimates of 33/41/36 mpg city/highway/combined for the sedan and hatchback styles alike.

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The front and rear bumpers have been mildly reshaped, and on the upper models, 15-inch wheels in a new design look good against newly available LED headlights. The changes are more than just skin deep as the interior plays host to a new eight-inch touchscreen on all models with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto - a first for this segment. The specification on the S can be upgraded further by an $1,800 Tech Package that adds automatic climate control, proximity key entry, lane keeping assist, lane departure warning, driver attention warning, high beam assist, and forward-collision warning with pedestrian detection. The 2021 Kia Rio is now available at dealerships.

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