Kia Rio Dropped for 2024, Every other Sub-$20,000 Automotive Bites the Mud


  • Kia is discontinuing the Rio within the U.S. after the 2023 mannequin yr, as reported via Car Information.
  • The Rio subcompact was once presented as a sedan and a hatchback, with each beginning below $20,000.
  • It is conceivable that the brand new Kia K3 will serve as an alternative for the Rio, however it is going to for sure be dearer.

The Kia Rio is the most recent sufferer within the string of inexpensive small-car discontinuations within the U.S. The subcompact sedan and hatchback reportedly may not go back for the 2024 mannequin yr. A Kia U.S. consultant declined to substantiate the inside track to C/D.

The Rio was once certainly one of simply 3 final sub-$20,000 new automobiles to be had within the U.S. for the 2023 mannequin yr. With the approaching cancellation of the Mitsubishi Mirage, this may go away most effective the Nissan Versa as a member of this membership going ahead, despite the fact that Nissan has now not but introduced 2024 Versa data.

Thru July of this yr, Kia has offered 16,554 gadgets of the Rio, a 2 % decline when compared with ultimate yr. However the Rio hasn’t ever been amongst Kia’s bestselling fashions, and its low costs most probably imply narrow benefit margins. The compact Specialty sedan will now be the most cost effective mannequin within the Kia lineup. It began at $20,815 for the 2023 mannequin yr; 2024 pricing hasn’t but been introduced.

Kia additionally not too long ago printed a new small sedan known as the K3. We predict it to serve as an alternative for each the Rio and the Specialty going ahead, however it isn’t prone to elevate a sub-$20,000 beginning value. Glance for more info in this new mannequin to come back later this yr, as it will arrive within the U.S. for the 2025 mannequin yr.

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Regardless of being raised on a gradual vitamin of base-model Hondas and Toyotas—or most likely as a result of it—Joey Capparella however cultivated an obsession for the car business all through his youth in Nashville, Tennessee. He discovered a approach to write about automobiles for the varsity newspaper right through his faculty years at Rice College, which in the end led him to transport to Ann Arbor, Michigan, for his first skilled auto-writing gig at Automotive Mag. He has been a part of the Automotive and Driving force staff since 2016 and now lives in New York Town.  

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