It's a fact of life that manual transmissions are going the way of the dodo. We have to get used to
We recently drove a Kia Rio5, the hatchback version of the Rio sedan, and it was one of our favorite small cars we've driven in a long time. Sadly, according to Cars Direct, the 2019 Kia Rio is about to get its six-speed manual transmission axed. Granted, it was only available in the lowest LX trim, but the fact that it even existed made us really happy because it meant you could plunk down a little money and get practicality, good looks, a great interior, and superb driving dynamics for such a tiny and rather underpowered car.
In 2018, there were three Rio trims to choose from, LX, S, and EX, for both the sedan and five-door hatchback. For 2019, only three configurations will
The only good news is that the S trims for 2019 will get beefed up with equipment including a 7-inch touchscreen with UVO Play and Apple CarPlay/Android Auto compatibility, and a backup camera. The six-speed automatic transmission, which is pretty good, will be the only transmission available on the Rio and Rio5 models starting next year.
We think the quashing of the stick shift is a piss-poor move for the brand since they're supposedly giving more attention to enthusiast-focused cars like the Stinger GT. We get that very few buyers