2015 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 2015 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

2015 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 2015
The optional Active Eco system is now available on entry-level LX models with automatic transmission. There are no other significant changes.

Below is a list of highlighted features and not an exhaustive list. Features are standard unless otherwise noted.
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

  • Required in every new car: front airbags, antilock brakes and an electronic stability system
  • Side-impact airbags for the front seats
  • Side curtain airbags
  • Available backup camera


Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.2
  • Interior 4.3
  • Performance 4.4
  • Value 4.2
  • Exterior 4.6
  • Reliability 4.8

Most recent consumer reviews


Very reliable. Low maintenance car.

This car met all of my needs. It has plenty of legroom in the front and back. The ride is great compered to another cars I tested. I has USB ports and much more.


Already needs repairs after 4years only

Car is. In need of brakes with only 40,000 miles , come on i barely drove it and battery died after 2years i was stranded , tried to call their roadside assistance .no help their , doesnt accelerate when u most need it , i dont recommend this vehicle.


Lowest cost of ownership possible

This car is super reliable, efficient, and inexpensive. It doesn't get much cheaper than this, but without sacrificing too much quality. Great commuter or first vehicle.

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Based on the 2015 Kia Rio base trim.
Combined side rating front seat
Combined side rating rear seat
Frontal barrier crash rating driver
Frontal barrier crash rating passenger
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Risk of rollover
Rollover rating
Side barrier rating
Side barrier rating driver
Side barrier rating passenger rear seat
Side pole rating driver front seat


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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