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The Kia Rio proves cheap cars can be really good

You're not going to feel like you're being punished for buying a car that starts at less than $20,000.

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Kia's cars tend to be obscenely good values, and the 2018 Rio keeps that alive.

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All Rio trims are available in both sedan or hatchback body styles, with the LX sedan starting at $13,990 and the LX hatch at $14,290.

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Adding a six-speed automatic tacks $1,000 onto the price.

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The LX is the only model that can be had with a six-speed manual.

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No matter what trim is chosen, the sole engine on offer is a 1.6-liter, naturally aspirated four cylinder good for 130 horsepower and 119 pound-feet of torque. 

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It's a revised version of the outgoing Rio's engine, but tuned for better low-end torque.

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The Rio EX comes standard with autonomous emergency braking and forward collision warning. 

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Kia's top-tier, 7-inch infotainment system includes both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

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Kia deliberately did not include an embedded navigation option, preferring instead to keep costs down by relying on drivers' phones.

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The 2018 Kia Rio goes on sale in the fourth quarter of 2017.

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Keep on going to see even more shots of the Kia Rio in both hatch and sedan form.

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