2021 Kia Rio 5-Door in red and 2020 Kia Rio 5-Door in red

What are the Differences Between the 2021 and 2020 Kia Rio 5-Door?

2021 Kia Rio 5-Door vs 2020 Kia Rio 5-Door

The Kia Rio 5-Door, also known as the Kia Rio Hatchback model, returns with its new 2021 model year. How does this new model year compare to its previous iteration, and what has changed? From Auffenberg Kia of Cape Girardeau, it’s the 2021 Kia Rio 5-Door vs the 2020 Kia Rio 5-Door!


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2021 Kia Rio 5-Door exterior rear promo shot with red paint color
2020 Kia Rio 5-Door exterior rear shot with red paint color parked by a brick wall

2021 Rio 5-Door vs 2020 Rio 5-Door

Model2021 Kia Rio 5-Door/Hatchback2020 Kia Rio 5-Door/Hatchback
Baseline Engine1.6L Inline 41.6L Inline 4
Horsepower120 hp120 hp
Torque112 lb-ft112 lb-ft
Standard TransmissionContinuously Variable-Sped Automatic (CVT)Continuously Variable-Sped Automatic (CVT)
Standard DrivetrainFront-Wheel DriveFront-Wheel Drive
Fuel Tank Capacity11.9 gal.11.9 gal.
City Fuel Economy33 MPG33 MPG
Highway Fuel Economy41 MPG41 MPG
Combined Fuel Economy36 MPG36 MPG
Front Legroom42.1 in.42.1 in.
Rear Legroom33.5 in.33.5 in.
Maximum Cargo Capacity32.8 ft332.8 ft3
Total Seating55
Starting MSRP$16,990$16,790

2021 Kia Rio 5-Door – What Else is New?

With the changes to the Kia Rio 5-Door model being purely in terms of style and features, the dimensions and engine specifications of the model are unchanged moving from its 2020 model year to its 2021 model year. The actual changes offered with the 2021 Kia Rio 5-Door model are as follows:

New Technology Package (15” Alloy Wheels, Automatic Temperature Control, LED Headlights, Smart Key with Push Button Start, and New Advanced Driver Assistance Features)

Refreshed Front-End Styling (New Front Bumper and Grille)

Standard 8” Touchscreen with Rear Camera, Wireless Android Auto™, and Wireless Apple CarPlay®


Kia Rio – Engine Performance and Fuel Economy


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