2020 Kia Rio  RealSafeCars59Safety Rating

#80 of 2020 Sedan/Hatchback/Wagons

#176 of all 2020 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 provides superior EPA (miles per gallon) for its class, easing fuel costs and reducing pollution. The Rio has technology that is now expected: Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Kia offers a 5-year, 60,000-mile basic warranty, and a 10-year, 100,000-mile powertrain warranty on its lineup.


The 2020 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 2020 Kia Rio has a score of 59, implying a 0.07% chance of driver death (6.2% chance of injury). If equipped with optional advanced driver safety features, the chance of death falls to 0.06%, and the chance of injury falls to 5.4%.

We estimate that the 2020 Kia Rio has a vehicle lifetime fatality chance of 0.0698% and a vehicle lifetime injury chance of 7.9701%, meaning the average driver has a 0.0698% chance of dying in an accident if they drive the car under regular conditions for fifteen years, and a 7.9701% chance of being injured.

Compared to the average vehicle, the 2020 Kia Rio is 45% more likely to result in a fatal accident. Compared to other sedans, hatchbacks, and wagons, the 2020 Kia Rio is 36% more likely to result in a fatal accident.

2020 Kia Rio offers AEB optionally. With AEB, the vehicle lifetime fatality chance drops by 14%.


And it is less safe than many comparable cars.

7550Hyundai AccentToyota YarisNissan VersaKia RioMitsubishi MirageVolkswagen JettaSubaru ImprezaNissan KicksKia ForteHonda FitChevrolet SonicHyundai VenueComparison to similar models.  This plot compares the RSC rating of the 2020 Kia Rio with its main competition. Models are plotted on a scale from 50 to 75. The 2020 Kia Rio is safer than the 2020 Hyundai Accent and less safe than the 2020 Hyundai Venue, the 2020 Chevrolet Sonic, the 2020 Honda Fit, the 2020 Kia Forte, the 2020 Nissan Kicks, and the 2020 Subaru Impreza. It is about as safe as the 2020 Nissan Versa and the 2020 Mitsubishi Mirage.

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