Category Archives: Kia Rio

Blue 2020 Kia Rio and Blue 2021 Kia Forte

Kia vs Kia – Should I Get a Rio or a Forte?

2020 Kia Rio vs 2021 Kia Forte 

The smallest Kia sedan in the lineup continues to be the 2020 Kia Rio, followed by the next-in-line 2021 Kia Forte. Both Kia models have been staples in the lineup, offering their own unique blends of features and amenities. Shoppers from around Tampa Bay who are eager to get behind the wheel of a new Kia sedan often find themselves stuck and asking our team, “Should I get a Rio or a Forte?” 

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Blue European 2021 Kia Rio model

What Will the 2021 Kia Rio Bring to Tampa Bay?

2021 Kia Rio Speculation and Predictions 

The rumor mill is spinning as it always does and there is currently talk of a mid-cycle refresh for the Kia Rio. The fourth-generation Rio has been a fan-favorite at Friendly Kia in New Port Richey, FL and now with a 2021 model in the works we suspect this variation will be just as popular. But what exactly will the 2021 Kia Rio bring to Tampa Bay? We are breaking down the Friendly Kia 2021 Kia Rio speculations and predictions below.  

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Closeup of red 2020 Kia Rio 5-Door

Do the Kia Rio and Kia Rio 5-Door Come in the Same Colors?

Guide to 2020 Kia Rio and Kia Rio 5-Door Exterior Color Options 

Drivers in the Tampa Bay area that are looking for a compact sedan that packs a punch will find the 2020 Kia Rio does more than fit the bill. Those looking for a roomier upgrade that still packs that same punch will find comfort behind the wheel of the 2020 Kia Rio 5-Door. The four-door Rio compact sedan and the Rio 5-Door hatchback have been designed to offer a similar style with practical space and amenities.  

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Theory of Evolution diagram with 2020 Kia Rio over red background

Family Tree: The Kia Rio

Kia Rio Model History and Generations 

What once replaced the Kia Pride has now become one of the most recognizable names from the Kia brand. The Kia Rio subcompact car first made its way into the market in 1999 to take on competitors like the Dodge Neon and the Ford Fiesta. Since its debut, the Rio has evolved through four generations into the Rio we recognize today.  

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red 2020 kia rio parked in front of generic technology background

Does the 2020 Kia Rio Have Apple CarPlay?

2020 Kia Rio Technology Features and Infotainment

Everybody remembers their first car. It was probably a ten- or twenty-year-old used model that had very little in the way of interior amenities or extra comfort or convenience features. If you’re like us, however, you drove the heck out of that car and took a ton of pride in it, not because it was fancy or unique, but because it was yours. Read the rest of this entry >>

profile of blue 2019 kia rio

What is the Safest Small Car on the Market?

Safe Small Cars in 2019

Small cars serve a common need in the market – specifically for a versatile form of transportation that’s easy on gas, easily parked and won’t break the bank to take home. That’s the theory, at least. In practice, sadly, the “inexpensive” part quickly becomes the sole focus for manufacturers who have relegated their subcompact cars to the fringe as afterthoughts. Read the rest of this entry >>

2019 Kia Rio parked in a park

Level Up Your Small Car Expectations with the New Kia Rio

2019 Kia Rio Technology Features

Despite the push toward bigger, higher vehicles and SUVs, the small car segment is one of the best-kept secrets in the automotive industry. Whether you prefer the timeless style of a sedan or like the added practicality of a hatchback, small cars are quiet, nimble and often have fuel efficiency that pushes them into the territory of hybrid vehicles from years past. Read the rest of this entry >>

profile of red kia rio 5 door

The Kia Rio is the Best Small Car on the Market

2019 Kia Rio Vs. the Competition

Back in 2018, Ford announced that they would be discontinuing any three-box car that wasn’t the Ford Mustang. Although this was a jarring announcement from the company, it wasn’t an insane move for the company that has been public about their desire to cut costs amid slumping profitability. In fact, Ford’s decision, which was followed up by a similar – though less drastic – announced rollback from Chevrolet early this year, highlighted a sort of inconvenient truth in the automotive market – cars don’t make money. Read the rest of this entry >>

first generation kia rio on abstract background

Flashback Friday: First-Generation Kia Rio

Kia Rio Model History and First-Generation Photos 

The great philosopher Socrates once said, “The secret of happiness is not found in seeking more, but in developing the capacity to enjoy less.” Whether or not the designers and engineers at the Kia of the 1990s and early 2000s knew it, they were Socratic advocates, inspiring the masses to minimalism by offering cars that provided only what was necessary to be considered a car.  Read the rest of this entry >>

Kia Optima and Kia cadenza on white background

Is the Kia Cadenza or Kia Optima Bigger?

Kia Cars Lineup Size Comparison

Although crossovers have been all the rage on the road lately, sedans still have a solid place as a timeless, fuel-efficient and agile option for transportation. We’ve written at length about how foolish it would be to discount the enduring, three-box style of the classic “car.” Read the rest of this entry >>