2011 Kia Rio Styling

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The 2011 Kia Rio is now one of the most aged designs in this class, and it's looking passable but bland inside and out. The Kia Rio has changed very little in appearance and retains pretty much the same styling and design that was introduced for 2006.

While the Rio is handsome and inoffensive, it unfortunately looks a bit dated next to Kia's other new vehicles, which have nearly all been redesigned over the past year or two. Compared to the Soul boxy wagon, the Sportage crossover, and Optima sedan—all of which have Kia's new standout design attributes and much sportier flavor—the Rio seems downright boring. Still, the proportions are pert and simple, with lipped wheel wells and an arched theme that plays out especially nicely in the roofline and rear pillars of the Rio5.

Inside, the look sure isn't daring in any way. It's basic but straightforward, and while it's not upscale, it's not chintzy either. The design is still sound, with the climate and audio controls and most other switchgear up high and within easy reach.

While the 2011 Kia Rio looks somewhat handsome but anonymous among small cars, its styling now stands out as a reminder of the brand's bland design past—among a lineup of otherwise fashion-forward vehicles.

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