Comparing with other subcompacts there’s no such vehicle like 2015 Kia Rio that is loaded with features, has top fuel economy and it is offered with affordable price tag. But don`t let the price deceive you because it is as equipped as any other modern vehicle. It is available as four-door Sedan and five-door Hatchback.
Even the basic LX version has four-speaker stereo, USB, iPod, steering-wheel-mounted controls and all that for less than $15,000. Only the LX has six-speed manual transmission with six-speed automatic transmission optional. The standard features for this model are AM/FM/CD/MP3 stereo with satellite radio, air conditioning and possibility to fold rear seats with optional additions of keyless entry and power locks.
The Rio EX is equipped with six-speed automatic transmission, power locks, keyless entry, Bluetooth, cruise control with additional options like UVO, touch screen monitor, alloy wheels. The Rio SX offers ventilated front disc brakes, 17-inch alloy wheels, LED tail lamp, UVO, a rear backup camera and steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifter. This model also can be improved with navigation system, power moonroof, heating for front seats.
Speaking of safety the National Highway Traffic Administration (NHTSA) rated Rio with four stars, due to its front, front side-impact and rear side-curtain airbags. With 15-inch wheels on LX and EX model they maybe provide softer drive than the SX version with 17-inch wheels, but its wheel size makes it more stable on the road and with better cornering ability while LX and EX have need for constant stability control.
Specs Of 2015 Kia Rio
Every 2015 Kia Rio model is going to be delivered with 1.6 liter in-line-four cylinder engine. This unit will pump out 138 hp and 123 lb-ft of torque. On base LX trim level it will be paired with six-speed manual transmission while the six-speed automatic will be offered as an optional feature. Higher trim levels EX and SX will be offered with six-speed automatic as a standard set up.
Fuel economy is expected to be around 37 miles per gallon on the highway and a little less in the city, around 27 mph. With its ECO Package, Kia`s ISG which is a fuel-saving system that turns the engine off when car stops and turns it on again when the brake pedal is released, it saves even more.
Even the 1.6 liter unit comes as a pretty good choice for both power and fuel economy it would be good for Kia and the sale results of their 2015 Rio to offer more engines in the lineup. More power is always nice so a small turbocharged engine with power range from 120 to 170 hp would be great. This way improving performances at a sliht cost on fuel economy would be quite possible.
2015 Kia Rio Review
Prices will vary from $14,000 for the base trim LX Sedan and a little more for Hatchback to around $18,000 for EX model and for the top-trim SX not more than $19,000. Main goal of the 2015 Kia Rio is to attract additional number of buyers to the brand with great features that it brings and quite competitive price.