Kia Rio

Kia Rio

The 2014 KIA Rio lineup is composed of an attractive troupe of three sub-compact sedans that comfortably seat five people. These affordable compact sedans have been awarded the EPA Smartway Award for environmental excellence; a four out of five star safety rating by the NHTSA; and are appreciated for comfort and easy handling; ample legroom, as well as ample trunk space; and happily approach 40 mpg on the highway. If you are looking for a great little car for everyday use with lots of higher-end convenience features and uncommon safety features for small children, a Kia Rios may prove to be suited for your needs.

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Model Overview

The 2014 Kia Rio fleet is comprised of three models named the LX ($13,900), the EX ($16,800), and the SX ($17,900). This attractive group of sub-compact sedans is designed to offer you an affordable, safe, and comfortable daily driving vehicle with timelessly appeal and refined good looks, along with impressive fuel efficiency. The US News describes the Rio as a "little car with big features," and those words are indeed appropriate. Standard exterior features for all Rios are: multi-reflector headlights, a heated rear window with timer, front variable intermittent wipers, a locking fuel filter door, a micro short-roof type antenna, and heated mirrors.  

The LX model comes with a standard manual 6 speed transmission, with an available option for an electronically controlled 6 speed transmission with overdrive. The 6 speed transmission with overdrive comes standard for the EX and the SX models.

Standard interior features for all models include: a tilt steering wheel; 6-way adjustable driver's seat; rear seat adjustable headrests; height adjustable front seat belt anchors; front and rear door map pockets and bottle holders; a trip computer; an active Eco System; steering wheel mounted audio controls for AM/FM radio with Sirius XM®, a CD player, MP3 player, USB port, auxiliary input jacks, and four speakers.

The EX and SX models are also equipped with telescoping steering wheels, steering wheel mounted cruise control; and the EX model can obtain an innovative optional Idle Stop and Go feature that will actually save gas by stopping the engine at stoplights, then seamlessly resume the engine when you press the gas pedal again.

The LX can opt-in for some features that come standard for the EX and SX, such as: power windows with driver one touch up and down, and power doors with keyless remote. The EX can opt-in for some features that are standard equipment for the SX such as: a UVO Infotainment System; dual LED map lights; a leather-wrapped steering wheel and gearshift knob; and a rear camera display. The SX model can opt in for:  push-button start with Smart Key; heated front seats, and leather seat trim.

You can easily upgrade any model of the Rios with attractive optional accessories including: the Garmin Nuvi navigation system; a universal electronics holder; an automatic dimming mirror feature with compass and home-link; and a sport visor for the side window.

Safety Rating and Safety Features for the 2014 KIA Rio:

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, (NHTSA) granted the 2014 Rio an overall 4 out of 5 star rating, with a cautionary 5 star rating for side impact, and 4 stars for front impact and rollover results.

All trim models of the 2014 Rio are equipped with ample safety features including: dual front advanced airbags, dual front seat-mounted side airbags; three-point seat belts for all seating positions, front seat belt pretensioners; four-wheel antilock brakes (ABS); electronic stability control, vehicle stability management, electronic brake-force distribution, hill start assist; tire pressure monitoring system; side impact door beams; front and rear crumple zones; lower anchors and tethers for children (LATCH), and rear child safety door locks.

 Noteworthy about the Kia Rio:
  • The 2013 Kia Rio was granted the EPA Smartway Award for environmental excellence.
  • The KIA Company has been granted an array of awards for environmental excellence, safety, and community contributions such as being Interbrand's list of 50 Best Global Green Brands.
  • US News wrote an extensive review of the 2013 Rio based on test drive results. The drivers appreciated the relatively smooth and comfortable ride over even the roughest of roads, and the smooth shifting of the automatic transmission, among other favorable mentions. US News ranked the Rio as number three in affordable sub-compact cars, and number six out of fort-one for affordable small cars.