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2014 Kia Rio

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Key specs

Base trim shown


Body style


Combined MPG


Seating capacity

171.9” x 57.3”


Front-wheel drive



The good:

  • Assertive styling
  • Gas mileage
  • Decent power
  • Automatic transmission responsiveness
  • Available upscale amenities

The bad:

  • Active Eco mode severely diminishes performance
  • Uncomfortable front seats
  • Tight backseat
  • Safety concern in NHTSA side-impact crash test

3 trims

Starting msrp listed lowest to highest price

  • LX


  • EX


  • SX


Wondering which trim is right for you?

Our 2014 Kia Rio trim comparison will help you decide.

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Notable features

  • Sedan or hatchback
  • EPA-estimated 37 mpg highway
  • Available Eco Package includes stop-start technology
  • VSM safety system can automatically make steering corrections
  • Available navigation with 7-inch screen

2014 Kia Rio review: Our expert's take

Vehicle Overview

Kia’s fuel-sipping Rio subcompact car is offered in sedan and four-door hatchback body styles.  It’s available with high-tech features, and competitors include the Ford Fiesta, Hyundai Accent, Chevrolet Sonic and Toyota Yaris.

New for 2014
The Rio gets new underbody covers for better aerodynamics. Inside, there’s a new water temperature gauge and the available leather-wrapped steering wheel has been revised. 

Exterior Highlights

  • 15-inch steel wheels; 17-inch alloy wheels available
  • Body-colored door handles and heated side mirrors
  • Available fog lamps and LED daytime running lights
  • Available power sunroof
  • Available power-folding side mirrors
  • Available dual exhaust tips

Interior Highlights

  • Seats five
  • Cloth upholstery; leather available
  • 60/40-split folding backseat
  • CD stereo with auxiliary and USB inputs
  • Air conditioning
  • Available power windows and locks
  • Available Bluetooth connectivity
  • Available Uvo entertainment system
  • Available navigation system
  • Available push-button start
  • Available cruise control
  • Available tilt/telescoping steering wheel
  • Available heated front seats
  • Available metal pedals

Under the Hood

  • 138-horsepower, 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine with direct injection
  • Six-speed manual transmission or six-speed automatic with available paddle shifters
  • Sport-tuned suspension (SX trim level)
  • Available Eco Package includes fuel-saving stop-start technology

Safety Features

  • All-disc antilock brakes
  • Side-impact airbags for the front seats
  • Side curtain airbags
  • Electronic stability system
  • Available backup camera


Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.0
  • Interior 3.9
  • Performance 3.9
  • Value 3.9
  • Exterior 4.1
  • Reliability 4.2
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Most recent consumer reviews


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I have a Kia Rio with a GDI engine. I found out that several kia car brands with GDI engine were recalled because the oil buns too hot and out the tailpipe. Causes issues with coolant as well. So, of course I have the brand that is not recalled even though they know the engine is crap. Now I drive around with oil all the time. Have to check my oil every week and check coolant every other time I change the oil. Complained to dealership, head office and ministry of transportation and they were all like your car is out of warranty!


Rust starting early . Other than that, great car !

Only problem , it started rusting second yr on trunk window area and trunk opening . Never have had that happen before . Never had a car ever do this


Great car for short surface road commute

Burns too much oil after 50K, oil light wont come on so you have to check every week to prevent running out and killing the engine. Not reliable for freeway/long distance driving

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Based on the 2014 Kia Rio base trim.
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Combined side rating rear seat
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New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Kia
New car program benefits
60 months/60,000 miles
60 months/100,000 miles
120 months/100,000 miles
Roadside assistance
60 months/60,000 miles
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
6 years or newer/less than 80,000 miles
Basic warranty terms
12 months/12,000 miles
10 years/100,000 miles
Dealer certification required
165-point inspection
Roadside assistance
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