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Americans finally get a chance to see the fourth-generation Kia Rio at the 2017 New York Auto Show.

The model was actually introduced in September, 2016 at the Paris Motor Show, but makes its U.S. debut in the Big Apple. Both the sedan and five-door hatchback models are present, sporting larger bodies than their predecessors. The Rio sedan has been lengthened to 172.6 inches from 172.0 inches, while the five-door hatch grows slightly from 159.4 inches to 160.0 inches. Both models ride on a longer 101.6-inch wheelbase (up from 101.2 inches) and feature more upright A-pillars. To give them both a more balanced and athletic stance, the 2018 Kia Rio sits lower and wider than before.

In the U.S., the 2018 Kia Rio will be available in three trim levels: LX, S and EX. All three models are powered by a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine with 130 horsepower and 119 pound-feet of torque. The powerplant is a carryover unit, but has been enhanced for better fuel efficiency, better responsiveness and low-speed driving dynamics. Power is sent to the front wheels through either a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission.
Read more about the All-New 2018 Kia Rio Makes US Debut at AutoGuide.com.
 

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The first impression - Nisan Versa, or Ford Fiesta (sedan versions)...
 

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I agree. Looks way too similar to those cars. But I will say if they would open the Tiger Nose up it would look much better from these photos.

The current RIO is great looking. I'm not too sure why KIA has completely redesigned the front fascias of the RIO and FORTE for 2017-2018. This is what has kept me from grabbing a 2017 FORTE5 SX is because I don't like the full length, one piece headlights that connect to the grille, and I don't like that the SX grille isn't the super awesome shape that it is on the 2nd Gen. Also, I don't like the Hyundai DCT transmissions (and I'm not paying $2000 more for a six speed. Gimme a break).
 

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i test drove the Rio and it was okay. typical small compact get around vehicle.
after i test drove the Forte SX, it took me to another level and i couldn't back down especially with the wheels.
it was preowned and the first owner picked out the perfect sized and colored rims imo. sorta sold me on the spot.
i don't like the stock KIA wheels all too much anyways so it was perfect for me.
 
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