2015 Kia Rio  -  $18,915

Vehicle Details

MSRP: $18,915
Base Invoice: $17,992
Destination Charge: $825
Options: $0
Trim: 4dr Sdn Auto SX
Doors: 4
Drive train: Front Wheel Drive
MPG: Avg: 31 | City: 27 | Hwy: 37
Body Style: 4dr Sdn Auto SX
Transmission: Transmission: 6-Speed Automatic w/H-Matic
Engine: Engine: 1.6L GDI 16-Valve 4-Cylinder


Excellent gas mileage; smooth, refined engines and transmissions; maneuverability; comfortable interior; excellent value for the money

Model Highlights

The 2015 Kia Rio comes in sedan or 5-door hatchback body styles 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 -- that automatically shuts the engine off at stoplights and restart it 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 2015 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 is largely unchanged for 2015.

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 2015 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

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.
Automatic 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
2480 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
17 X 6.5 in

Rear Wheel Size
17 X 6.5 in

Front Wheel Material

Rear Wheel Material

Steering Type

Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb
34.5 ft

Brake ABS System

Disc - Front (Yes or )

Disc - Rear (Yes or )

Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness
11 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. 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. Although not included in the star rating, the rear passenger's thoracic rib deflection was elevated.

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

Transmission: 6-Speed Automatic w/H-Matic -inc: active eco system and A/T paddle shifters

Transmission w/Driver Selectable Mode

Front-Wheel Drive

3.06 Axle Ratio

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

90 Amp Alternator

Gas-Pressurized Shock Absorbers

Front Anti-Roll Bar

Sport Tuned Suspension

Electric Power-Assist Speed-Sensing Steering

11.4 Gal. Fuel Tank

Single Stainless Steel Exhaust w/Chrome Tailpipe Finisher

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: 17" x 6.5J Alloy

Tires: P205/45R17

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/Power Folding and Turn Signal Indicator

Fixed Rear Window w/Defroster

Light Tinted Glass

Variable Intermittent Wipers

Fully Galvanized Steel Panels

Black Grille w/Chrome Surround

Trunk Rear Cargo Access

Fully Automatic Aero-Composite Halogen Daytime Running Headlamps

Front Fog Lamps

LED Brakelights

Radio: UVO Infotainment System -inc: Powered by Microsoft, AM/FM/CD/MP3 audio system, Sirius Satellite Radio, 4 speakers, tweeter speakers, USB/auxiliary input jack, steering wheel-mounted audio controls, Bluetooth Technology, Rear Camera Display

Radio w/Seek-Scan, MP3 Player, Clock, Speed Compensated Volume Control and Internal Memory

Digital Signal Processor

Integrated Roof Antenna

6 Speakers

1 LCD Monitor In The Front

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/Telescoping Steering Column

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

Power Rear Windows

5 Person Seating Capacity

Leather/Metal-Look Steering Wheel

Front Cupholder

Rear Cupholder

Remote Releases -Inc: Mechanical Cargo Access and Mechanical Fuel

Remote Keyless Entry w/Integrated Key Transmitter, Illuminated Entry, Illuminated Ignition Switch and Panic Button

Cruise Control w/Steering Wheel Controls

Manual Air Conditioning

HVAC -inc: Underseat Ducts

Illuminated Glove Box

Driver Foot Rest

Full Cloth Headliner

Leatherette Door Trim Insert

Interior Trim -inc: Chrome And Aluminum Interior Accents

Leather/Metal-Look Gear Shift Knob

Knit Cloth Seat Trim

Day-Night Rearview Mirror

Driver And Passenger Visor Vanity Mirrors w/Driver And Passenger Illumination

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

Fade-To-Off Interior Lighting

Front Map Lights

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

Smart Device Integration

Instrument Panel Bin, Driver And Passenger Door Bins

Power 1st Row Windows w/Driver 1-Touch Up/Down

Delayed Accessory Power

Power Door Locks w/Autolock Feature

Trip Computer

Outside Temp Gauge

Analog Display

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

2 Seatback Storage Pockets

Sliding Front Center Armrest

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

Back-Up Camera






















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