2015 Kia Rio Overview
- Subcompact car available as a sedan or hatchback
- Well equipped for cars in this class
- Up to 37 mpg on the highway
Offering great value and good fuel efficiency, the 2015 Kia Rio subcompact has more standard features and better styling than many of its counterparts.
The Rio is unchanged for 2015, minus the removal of one of the exterior color options (Silverstone Beige, which by its name, won’t be missed). Still offered in two body styles (sedan or hatchback), the Rio’s styling will look to familiar to anyone who’s seen any of Kia’s offerings over the past couple years. Up front you get the familiar Kia pinched grille, flanked by large headlight clusters. 15-inch wheels are standard, along with low rolling resistance tires, and heated/powered side mirrors.
Under the hood, the front-wheel drive Rio is powered by a 138-hp, 1.6-liter, four-cylinder engine that features direct injection. A six-speed manual is standard on LX models with a six-speed automatic optional. Both the EX and SX are only offered with the automatic, which adds steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters in SX models. An available Active Eco system modifies the throttle response and transmission shifting to maximize fuel economy. The Rio achieves 27/37 mpg city/highway with both transmission options.
Kia has really upped the ante over the past several years when it comes to standard features and the Rio reaps the benefits of this focus with one of the most comprehensive features lists found on any of the subcompacts on the market. A USB/auxiliary audio input, satellite radio, cruise control, air conditioning, steering wheel mounted audio controls, and a 60/40-split rear seat are all standard. Higher trim levels also offer plenty options, including the Microsoft-powered UVO infotainment system, Bluetooth connectivity, navigation system with live traffic updates, and push button start with a smart key.
Standard safety features include six airbags, antilock brakes, and electronic stability control. The 2015 Rio received a four-star overall rating from the NHTSA for its performance in crash testing.