• (4.8) 10 reviews
  • Inventory Prices: $7,223–$13,891
  • Body Style: Sedan
  • Combined MPG: 31
  • Engine: 138-hp, 1.6-liter I-4 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain: Front-wheel Drive
  • Transmission: 6-speed automatic w/OD and auto-manual
2015 Kia Rio

Our Take on the Latest Model 2015 Kia Rio

What We Don't Like

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

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 Reviews

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


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First time dealing with Kia and I love it!

by Ninab49 from Lorain Ohio on December 9, 2017

This Kia Rio was perfect for me. It's very roomy and is great on gas! I have children over 6 feet tall and this car has plenty of room for them. The dealership worked with me and helped me purchase it... Read Full Review

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Service & Repair

Estimated Service & Repair cost: $2,200 per year.

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Warranties Explained


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.


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.

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).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

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.

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