The 2018 Kia Rio – The Pinnacle Of The Technological!



In a country where pickup, SUV's, and crossover-type vehicles rule the roads it is surprising that small cars still have a significant share of the market. The new 2018 Kia Rio is a worthy contender for this market with its 2017 Rio legacy it more than caters to the small car buyer. Kia has been making small cars and getting them right for many years, and the 2018 Kia Rio is the pinnacle of their technological and engineering achievements.

The 2018 Kia Rio is an attractive vehicle with many significant improvements. The ride has been upgraded and is quiet and comfortable in the cabin, the responsiveness when driving is unsurpassed in this class of vehicle, even at low speed, and it has smoother styling which is pleasing to the eye.

Overall this attractive small car is a vast improvement on last year's model.


Driving Performance

The 2018 Kia Rio is a tight and solid little car. The suspension of the 2018 Kia Rio has not changed much from previous years with its struts in the front and rear twist beam configuration, but the ride has been made more comfortable by improving the spring and damper settings so that it negotiates bumps and potholes with ease. Those adjusted settings are assisted with 15-inch wheels with suspension matched tires that are standard on every model.

The 2018 Kia Rio EX comes fitted with disc brakes on the four corners, while the lower models have drum brakes fitted to the rear. Despite the setup of the brakes, they feel confident, and very responsive, notably through pedal feel.

Kia has made significant improvements in the 2018 Kia Rio to the steering quality, including an upgraded steering rack assembly with more teeth that point the car in the direction you intend quickly and accurately.




The 2018 Kia Rio sports an impressive 1.6-liter inline-4 cylinder powerplant that now produces 130 horsepower. The engine has more down low grunt, which helps the Rio feel sharper in stop-and-start traffic.

The 2018 Kia Rio engine gets it power to the road through a 6-speed automatic gearbox from last year's model. It works beautifully to keep the engine in its most fuel-efficient stride. The inclusion of a "Sport" button that holds the gears for a little longer helps this small engine perform outside of its class, but with the expected a hit to fuel economy.

A slick 6-speed manual gearbox is available on the 2018 Kia Rio base models.


Price & Exterior

Starting at around $14,000 for a base model, the 2018 Kia Rio is an attractive choice for a first car or a small second car for running around town. Opt-in for the automatic transmission on the base model and you will have to add $1,000 to the price. The auto is standard on all but the base models. Choosing the hatchback body style will set you back another $300. The 2018 Kia Rio has a number of models that come with various levels of trim and inclusions, this, of course, will increase the price you pay.

The 2018 Kia Rio delivers simple, unspoiled exterior looks, made better through sharper ridges in the sheet metal around the car which give the vehicle a nice sense of proportion. Evidence of the Optima balances the lines between the body from the trademark Kia grille that flows nicely across the front and seamlessly into the headlights, to the mature looking taillights at the back. This much-improved taillight design gives the car a sculptured finish in the rear that it lacked in previous years.  


Why Buy from Us?


If you are hunting for a reputable car dealership with a huge range of 2018 Kia Rio's in stock and excellent customer service, then look no further than Bob Utter Kia of Sherman, TX. We have dealer and manufacturer incentives and specials that will save you money. Our friendly team will make sure that buying a new or used car or having it serviced is as easy and harmonious as possible.

We ensure that you receive unparalleled personal service from the moment you walk into the dealership to purchase your new vehicle and should continue when you bring your new 2018 Kia Rio into the service department for scheduled maintenance.



Bob Utter Kia

2433 Texoma Parkway
Directions Sherman, TX 75090

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