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2015 Kia Rio

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$4,816 — $14,140 USED
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Sedan
5 Seats
31 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

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
2015 Kia Rio exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2015 Kia Rio
  • 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

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2015 Kia Rio Review

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

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

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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

What drivers are saying

4.5
17 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.7)
Performance
(4.6)
Interior Design
(4.5)
Comfort
(4.4)
Reliability
(4.9)
Value For The Money
(4.5)

Read reviews that mention:

(2.0)

I hate this car

by Nonya Biznach from Los Angeles on August 9, 2019

Drivability is horrible! It's squarely! You feel every bump! The front passenger seat sits so low all you can see is the dash! I never want a Kia ever again! The Kia dealership where I had to get my ... Read full review

(5.0)

Car is reliable and great to drive.

by 'MDC' "Redskin Fan" from Washington, DC on June 27, 2019

I love this vehicle so much I would recommend to a friend. I am always letting friends and family know that I love my Rio, it is a small compact and is easy to manuever, the radio is the best I have ... Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2015 Kia Rio currently has 0 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by Kia

New Car Program Benefits

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    60 months / 60,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    120 months / 100,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    60 months / 60,000 miles

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Rio received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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