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2018 Kia Rio EX 5-Door First Review

It was pouring in Baltimore, and the weather report said it was going to stay that way for the entire day. This meant our entire behind-the-wheel time in the all-new 2018 Kia Rio would be in the wet. But considering we all rely on our cars, whether the sun is shining or on those "there's a thunderstorm and I spilled the coffee and I'm already late for work" days, this is the ideal way to evaluate the Rio. So, stowing our umbrellas in the Rio 5-door hatchback, we were ready to tour Maryland.

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