2016 Kia Rio Earns J.D. Power Award for Dependablity

By Product Expert | Posted in Kia Rio on Thursday, February 15th, 2018 at 9:44 pm

We’ve talked a little bit about the changes that were coming on the 2018 Kia Rio, but there is one thing that we know shouldn’t change: the Rio’s dependability! This year’s J.D. Power Vehicle Dependability Study (VDS) was just announced, which evaluates three-year-old cars for how many issues they give their owners. The 2015 Kia Rio not only earned a top stop, but the Kia brand as a whole did very well. If you’ve ever asked yourself “Is the Kia Rio a dependable small car?” the answer is “Yes!”

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Is the Kia Rio a dependable small car?

Not only did the 2015 Kia Rio deliver good dependability in the J.D. Power study, but it actually earned the best rating in the entire Small Car category. The J.D. Power Dependability Study looked at vehicles from the 2015 model year and evaluated them based on how many problems owners had with them in the last 12 months. The Kia Rio had the lowest score in its segment, with just 103 issues per 100 vehicles.

Issues evaluated fell into eight major groups: Driving Experience, Engine/Transmission, Interior, Exterior, Seats, heating and air conditioning, Features/Controls/Displays, and entertainment and navigation systems. The Kia Rio did well across the board, and the the Kia brand as a whole also improved significantly from the 2016 study to the 2018 study.

steering wheel and infotainment system of the 2015 Kia Rio

Steering Wheel and Dashboard of the 2015 Kia Rio

Can I trust the Kia brand to not break down?

Not only did the 2015 Kia Rio earn top honors in this study, but the Kia brand improved as well! Kia has moved up 12 positions since two years ago. It is now ranked second among non-premium brands with just 122 issues per 100 models in the last 12 months. This means that drivers who choose a new Kia vehicle can trust that they will not need to bring it into the shop very often.

If you would like to explore pricing on the 2018 Kia Rio, or even explore service options here at Team Gunther Kia in Daphne AL, you can find plenty of information by exploring our blog and our website.