2018 Kia Rio  RealSafeCars61Safety Rating

#66 of 2018 Sedan/Hatchback/Wagons

#134 of all 2018 vehicles

Pictured: 2012 Kia Rio
The Rio, a mainstay of Kia's lineup since 2001, is a small sedan/hatchback/wagon with seating up to 5. The Rio has offered Android Auto since 2018 and Apple CarPlay since 2020. Exceeding the average MPG (miles per gallon) for its class, it reduces fuel costs and the carbon footprint. Kia offers a 5-year, 60,000-mile basic warranty, and a 10-year, 100,000-mile powertrain warranty on its lineup.

The 2018 Kia Rio is very unsafe compared to all vehicles.

Comparison to all vehicles.  This plot shows RSC safety scores on the horizontal axis vs. the number of vehicles with each safety score (depicted by bar height and percentages at the bottom). Colors reflect vehicle safety, ranging from red (not that safe) to green (safer). For reference, a score of 0 implies a 0.15% chance of driver death (13% chance of driver injury) over 15 years, and a score of 100 reflects a 0.016% chance (1.4% chance of driver injury). The 2018 Kia Rio has a score of 61, implying a 0.066% chance of driver death (5.9% chance of injury). If equipped with optional advanced driver safety features, the chance of death falls to 0.057%, and the chance of injury falls to 5.1%.

We estimate that the 2018 Kia Rio has a vehicle lifetime fatality chance of 0.0664% and a vehicle lifetime injury chance of 7.5866%, meaning the average driver has a 0.0664% chance of dying in an accident if they drive the car under regular conditions for fifteen years, and a 7.5866% chance of being injured.

Compared to the average vehicle, the 2018 Kia Rio is 42% more likely to result in a fatal accident. Compared to other sedans, hatchbacks, and wagons, the 2018 Kia Rio is 32% more likely to result in a fatal accident.

2018 Kia Rio offers AEB optionally. With AEB, the vehicle lifetime fatality chance drops by 14%.

And it is about as safe as many comparable models.

8044Nissan VersaToyota Yaris iAHyundai AccentChevrolet SparkMitsubishi MirageKia RioNissan Versa NoteKia SoulKia ForteFord FiestaHonda FitChevrolet SonicComparison to similar models.  This plot compares the RSC rating of the 2018 Kia Rio with its main competition. Models are plotted on a scale from 44 to 80. The 2018 Kia Rio is safer than the 2018 Nissan Versa, the 2018 Toyota Yaris iA, and the 2018 Hyundai Accent and less safe than the 2018 Honda Fit, the 2018 Ford Fiesta, the 2017 Kia Forte, the 2018 Kia Soul, and the 2018 Nissan Versa Note. It is about as safe as the 2017 Chevrolet Spark and the 2018 Mitsubishi Mirage.

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