2014 Kia Rio  -  $14,700

Vehicle Details

MSRP: $14,700
Base Invoice: $14,446
Destination Charge: $800
Options: $0
Trim: 4dr Sdn Man LX
Doors: 4
Drive train: Front Wheel Drive
MPG: Avg: 31 | City: 27 | Hwy: 37
Body Style: 4dr Sdn Man LX
Transmission: Transmission: 6-Speed Manual
Engine: Engine: 1.6L GDI 16-Valve 4-Cylinder


Excellent gas mileage; smooth, refined engines and transmissions; maneuverability; comfortable interior; value

Model Highlights

The 2014 Kia Rio comes in sedan or 5-door hatchback bodystyles and is offered in three different trim levels: LX, EX and SX. Regardless of the model, all Rios are powered by a 138-hp 1.6L 4-cylinder engine. LX models come with either a 6-speed manual or 6-speed automatic transmission, while the other two trims only get the automatic.

The Rio's direct-injected engine is among the more efficient engines of its size, returning fuel economy ratings of 29 mpg city and 37 highway with the manual transmission. Also of note is the Rio's optional fuel-saving Idle Stop and Go Technology--Kia's version of an engine start/stop system that will automatically shut the engine off at stoplights and restart it right when the brake is released.

The Rio's lightweight structure uses more high-strength steel, while the suspension--MacPherson struts in front, with a stabilizer bar and a torsion-beam setup in back--is configured for a good combination of nimble around-town handling and good passenger comfort. SX models get a somewhat stiffer, sportier calibration.

Overall, there's no significant difference in passenger room between the Rio sedan and hatchback models. However, the sedan is about a foot longer, bringing an especially roomy trunk. The hatchback's split-folding rear seatback frees up a vast cargo hold when down, making it arguably more versatile.

All 2014 Rio models come with six standard airbags, including front seat-mounted bags plus full-length side-curtain bags. Electronic stability control and anti-lock brakes are standard on the Rio, as is a Hill Start Assist Control system to avoid rolling back on uphill starts.

Rio LX models include steering-wheel audio controls, a trip computer, split-folding rear seatbacks and a driver's seat that's height-adjustable. EX models add a host of popular features including a tilt/telescopic steering wheel, Bluetooth connectivity with voice commands, power windows and upgraded trims. A Power Package is available on the LX, adding power windows and keyless entry, while a Convenience Package for the EX adds alloy wheels and the UVO voice-activated, touch-screen infotainment system.

At the top of the model line, the Rio SX comes with power-folding outside mirrors, dual illuminated vanity mirrors, a rear camera system and Kia's UVO voice-activated infotainment system. Additionally, the SX is dressed up with metal pedals, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, an upgraded instrument cluster, LED front running lights and LED taillights. An SX Premium Package adds navigation with SiriusXM Traffic and rear camera display, which replaces the UVO system. Push-button start is also included, as are heated leather seating and a power sunroof.

Model News

The Kia Rio gets a couple of minor enhancements for 2014. Without altering the Rio's looks, Kia has managed to improve the car's under-body aerodynamics, where covers have been added under the engine and the rear bumpers. This will ultimately improve fuel efficiency. Minor improvements were also made to the interior, including a nicer leather wrapped steering wheel. A new smart key rounds out the changes for the 2014 Rio.

Value Writeup

Good fuel economy and decent power are two of the main points that will ring relevant to those cross-shopping the Rio against any of the competition. In addition to being one of the lowest-priced cars in the U.S. market, the 2014 Rio is unique for being one of the few non-hybrid cars in its class to feature fuel-saving engine start/stop technology, which momentarily shuts the engine off at stoplights. Kia notes that 85 percent of the Rio's materials are recyclable at the end of the vehicle's lifespan and that seat foams are 100-percent biodegradable.

The Rio's great design, inside and out, its strong body structure and enhanced safety and its smooth direct-injection engine and 6-speed transmissions are all other very good reasons to consider the Rio in a crowded class that includes the Ford Fiesta, Chevrolet Sonic, Mazda2, Honda Fit and Toyota Yaris among others.

Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
5.9 (Est)

EPA Classification
Compact Cars

Front Wheel Drive

EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy
37 MPG

Cruising Range - City
307.80 mi

EPA Fuel Economy Est - City
27 MPG

Fuel Economy Est-Combined
31 MPG

Cruising Range - Hwy
421.80 mi

Engine Type
Regular Unleaded I-4

1.6 L/97

Fuel System
Gasoline Direct Injection

SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
138 @ 6300

SAE Net Torque @ RPM
123 @ 4850

Trans Type

Trans Description Cont.
Manual w/OD

First Gear Ratio (:1)

Second Gear Ratio (:1)

Third Gear Ratio (:1)

Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)

Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)

Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)

Reverse Ratio (:1)

Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)

Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)

Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)

Passenger Capacity

Passenger Volume
88.4 ft³

Front Head Room
40 in

Front Leg Room
43.8 in

Front Shoulder Room
53.1 in

Front Hip Room
52.1 in

Second Head Room
37.6 in

Second Leg Room
31.1 in

Second Shoulder Room
52.1 in

Second Hip Room
51.2 in

101.2 in

Length, Overall
171.9 in

Width, Max w/o mirrors
67.7 in

Height, Overall
57.3 in

Track Width, Front
59.9 in

Track Width, Rear
60 in

Min Ground Clearance
5.5 in

Trunk Volume
13.7 ft³

Base Curb Weight
2410 lbs

Suspension Type - Front

Suspension Type - Rear
Torsion Beam

Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)

Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Torsion Beam

Front Tire Size

Rear Tire Size

Front Wheel Size
15 X 5.5 in

Rear Wheel Size
15 X 5.5 in

Front Wheel Material

Rear Wheel Material

Steering Type

Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb
33.5 ft

Brake ABS System

Disc - Front (Yes or )

Disc - Rear (Yes or )

Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness
10.1 in

Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness
10.3 in

Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx
11.4 gal

Basic Years

Basic Miles/km

Drivetrain Years

Drivetrain Miles/km

Corrosion Years

Corrosion Miles/km

Roadside Assistance Years

Roadside Assistance Miles/km

Overall Rating

Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating

Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver

Overall Side Crash Rating

Side Barrier Rating

Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat

Male/Female Dummy Note
Male: Average sized adult male dummy in 35-MPH crash into fixed barrier. Rating is evaluation of injury to head, neck, chest, legs. Female: Small-sized adult female dummy in 35-mph crash into fixed barrier. Rating is evaluation of injury to head, neck, chest, legs.

Combined Side Rating Rear Seat

Rollover Rating

Rollover Rating Dynamic Test Result
No Tip

Risk of Rollover

Side Barrier Rating Driver

Rollover Note
Dynamic (moving) test results (Tip or No Tip) and measured rollover-related properties determine vehicle's risk of rollover in single vehicle crash and its rollover rating. The Rollover Resistance Rating utilizes a "fishhook" maneuver which is a series of abrupt turns at varying speeds to see how "top-heavy" a vehicle is.

Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger

Combined Side Rating Front Seat

Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat

Side Barrier Rating Note
Due to the intrusion of the left rear door during the side impact test, the interior door panel struck the torso of the rear passenger dummy, causing a high lower spine acceleration. High lower spine accelerations, in excess of 82 g's, indicate a higher likelihood of thoracic injury.

Engine: 1.6L GDI 16-Valve 4-Cylinder -inc: aluminum block

Transmission: 6-Speed Manual

Front-Wheel Drive

3.83 Axle Ratio

36-Amp/Hr 410CCA Maintenance-Free Battery w/Run Down Protection

90 Amp Alternator

Gas-Pressurized Shock Absorbers

Front Anti-Roll Bar

Electric Power-Assist Speed-Sensing Steering

11.4 Gal. Fuel Tank

Single Stainless Steel Exhaust

Strut Front Suspension w/Coil Springs

Torsion Beam Rear Suspension w/Coil Springs

4-Wheel Disc Brakes w/4-Wheel ABS, Front Vented Discs, Brake Assist and Hill Hold Control

Wheels: 15" x 5.5J Steel w/Covers

Tires: P185/65R15

Spare Tire Mobility Kit

Clearcoat Paint

Body-Colored Front Bumper

Body-Colored Rear Bumper

Black Side Windows Trim

Body-Colored Door Handles

Body-Colored Power Heated Side Mirrors w/Manual Folding

Fixed Rear Window w/Defroster

Light Tinted Glass

Variable Intermittent Wipers

Fully Galvanized Steel Panels

Black Grille

Trunk Rear Cargo Access

Auto Off Aero-Composite Halogen Headlamps

Radio: AM/FM/CD MP3 Audio System -inc: Sirius Satellite Radio, 4 speakers, USB/auxiliary input jacks and steering wheel-mounted audio controls

Radio w/Seek-Scan, Clock, Speed Compensated Volume Control and Internal Memory

Digital Signal Processor

Integrated Roof Antenna

Front Bucket Seats -inc: 6-way adjustable driver's seat

4-Way Passenger Seat -inc: Manual Recline and Fore/Aft Movement

60-40 Folding Bench Front Facing Fold Forward Seatback Rear Seat

Manual Tilt Steering Column

Gauges -inc: Speedometer, Odometer, Engine Coolant Temp, Tachometer, Trip Odometer and Trip Computer

Manual Rear Windows

5 Person Seating Capacity

Front Cupholder

Rear Cupholder

Remote Releases -Inc: Mechanical Cargo Access and Mechanical Fuel

Manual Air Conditioning

HVAC -inc: Underseat Ducts

Illuminated Glove Box

Driver Foot Rest

Interior Trim -inc: Chrome And Metal-Look Interior Accents

Full Cloth Headliner

Urethane Gear Shift Knob

Woven Cloth Seat Trim

Day-Night Rearview Mirror

Driver And Passenger Visor Vanity Mirrors

Full Floor Console w/Storage and 2 12V DC Power Outlets

Fade-To-Off Interior Lighting

Full Carpet Floor Covering -inc: Carpet Front And Rear Floor Mats

Carpet Floor Trim and Carpet Trunk Lid/Rear Cargo Door Trim

Cargo Features -inc: Spare Tire Mobility Kit

Cargo Space Lights

Instrument Panel Bin, Driver And Passenger Door Bins

Manual 1st Row Windows

Trip Computer

Outside Temp Gauge

Analog Display

Manual w/Tilt Front Head Restraints and Manual Adjustable Rear Head Restraints

2 Seatback Storage Pockets

Engine Immobilizer

2 12V DC Power Outlets

Air Filtration

Electronic Stability Control (ESC)

ABS And Driveline Traction Control

Side Impact Beams

Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Seat-Mounted Side Airbags

Low Tire Pressure Warning

Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Front Airbags

Curtain 1st And 2nd Row Airbags

Airbag Occupancy Sensor

Rear Child Safety Locks

Outboard Front Lap And Shoulder Safety Belts -inc: Rear Center 3 Point, Height Adjusters and Pretensioners
















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