The Kia Rio: Modern Design Meets Affordability
General Overview of the Rio
Kia Motors manufactures automobiles that are built with quality and are affordable. The all-new Rio is one of the company's latest modern achievements. The diverse customization options of the 2015 Kia Rio have made it a well-liked sedan and a popular pick for this year.
As with every Kia, it was awarded the IIHS Top Safety Pick for 2011. There are not many cars that offer the customization, safety and fuel economy that are offered by the Rio. The three models available all come standard with options such as:
- Bluetooth Wireless Technology Hands-Free Connectivity w/Steering Wheel Mounted Controls
- privacy glass
- body-colored door handles
- power windows & locks
- folding key w/remote keyless entry
The Rio is offered in a LX model, the EX model, and the fully-equipped SX. When seeking prices that are economic and fuel efficiency that is above average, this car makes an ideal pick. Coupled with the high standards of safety employed in the designing and manufacturing, the affordability and style of the Kia Rio is difficult to beat.
Rio Performance/Fuel Efficiency
Rio's are manufactured with 1.6-L 16-Valve DOHCs with 138-horsepower. But all of that power doesn't use up the gas; the Rio gets an estimated 38 miles per gallon highway. It is offered in both 6-speed manual and 6-speed automatic transmissions.
Inside the Rio
The sporty compact Rio has an inviting interior. The Bluetooth hands-free system is mounted into the steering wheel to allow for full control while communicating. Plug-in an MP3 player with the USB/auxiliary port with the EX or LX models and listen to your favorite tunes through the pillar-mounted tweeters.
The Rio has an optional UVO Powered by Microsoft Infotainment System. This system allows both media to be played and directions to be viewed. The compact sedan has additional options available including: Navigation w/Sirius XM Traffic & rear-camera display.
Kia Motors offers the Rio in an assortment of original color shades like: Alien, Shadow, Molten or Moss. The door handles are the same shade as the body and all models come standard with black side moldings and fender garnish. The SX model features sport-tuned suspension and dual-powered heated side mirrors and an available power sunroof. The rear window is a tinted privacy glass and is equipped with both a defroster and wiper blade w/ washer, allowing for optimal visibility from the car with minimized visibility into it.
Safety and the Rio
The Rio is an award-winning vehicle in the area of safety. The car is designed and built with proximity detectors that can alert the driver when there is an incoming vehicle or object. If an accident is to occur, the interior is built with a top-of-the-line air bag deployment system. Winner of the IIHS Top Safety Pick for 2011, the 2015 Kia Rio is not lacking anything in the safety department.
Final Words on the Rio
In 2010, the Sorento became the first Kia made in the U.S.A. Shortly after, the 2010 Rio claimed a stake in American pop-culture when Kia ran advertisements featuring hamsters driving the Kia Soul; an ad campaign they call "This or That". Whether or not you enjoyed the commercials, from 2010 through 2015 the Kia Rio has been a worthy competitor in the automotive market. The low sticker price, safety features equipped and the customization options are only a few of the benefits that make this compact a top pick by both drivers and passengers.