2015 Kia Rio

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27 CITY / 37 HWY
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What's New for 2015:
  • LX trim level now offered with Active Eco powertrain technology when equipped with optional automatic transmission
  • Silverstone Beige paint color no longer offered

The 2015 Kia Rio is a subcompact car available in 4-door sedan and 5-door hatchback body styles. The Rio competes with the Chevrolet Sonic, Ford Fiesta, Honda Fit, Hyundai Accent, Mazda 2, Nissan Versa, and Toyota Yaris.

Models and Features
Kia offers both versions of the 2015 Rio in LX, EX, and SX trim levels. Choose the Rio EX for a standard automatic transmission plus upgraded trim, Bluetooth connectivity, upgraded sound system, cruise control, power windows, power door locks, remote keyless entry, tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, center console with storage and a sliding armrest, premium cloth seats, and more.

The Rio SX is equipped with automatic headlights, fog lights, LED running lights, LED taillights, and power-folding exterior mirrors with embedded turn signal indicators. Performance enhancements include paddle shifters, larger front disc brakes, dual-outlet exhaust, sport-tuned suspension, and 17-in. aluminum wheels. Kia's Your Voice (UVO) eServices infotainment system is also standard for the Rio SX, along with a reversing camera and Supervision instrumentation. Inside, the Rio SX also gets soft-touch dashboard surfaces, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, LED interior lighting, and metal pedal covers.

Under the Hood
A 138-horsepower, 1.6-liter 4-cylinder engine is standard for every 2015 Rio, and is one of the most powerful engines in its segment. A 6-speed manual gearbox is standard for the Rio LX, while a 6-speed automatic transmission is optional for the LX and included for EX and SX trim levels. Kia installs paddle shifters on the Rio SX.

Fuel Economy
Regardless of transmission choice, the 2015 Rio is expected to return 27 mpg in the city and 37 mpg on the highway, according to the EPA. Adding the Rio EX's available Idle Stop & Go system, which shuts off the engine when the car is idling at an intersection or in traffic, improves city mileage to 28 mpg.

Safety and Technology
Bluetooth connectivity is standard for the Rio EX, while the Rio SX includes Kia's UVO eServices infotainment system, complete with a reversing camera. The UVO system supplies music-streaming and song-tagging capability, the ability to upload your favorite songs to the system from a USB flash drive, Parking Minder system that helps you remember where you parked the Rio, and a 911 Connect emergency-notification service.

The UVO eServices technology is optional for the Rio EX, while a navigation system upgrade is exclusive to the SX. Additionally, Kia offers its Smart Key passive keyless-entry system and push-button engine starting as an option only for the Rio SX.


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