2015 Kia Rio

Pros: Decent power for a subcompact car; surprisingly pleasant in highway driving; impressive front-seat passenger space for the class

Cons: Disappointing fuel economy for the class; cramped rear-seat space; rear seatbacks don’t fold completely flat in hatchback model

CG Says: The 2015 Kia Rio subcompact car comes as a 4-door sedan and 4-door hatchback called the Rio 5-Door. Both carry over virtually unchanged. The Rio represents itself well in a class that’s filled with great choices. Where some of the competition shines in a particular area and trails in another, the Rio doesn’t really stand out so much as it does a good job at most things. Good power for the class, a comfortable ride, fine practicality, and handsome looks inside and out are some of the qualities of this well-rounded package. Our biggest disappointment is the so-so fuel economy we’ve seen in our testing.

The Facts
Class Subcompact Car
Body Style(s) 4-door sedan, 4-door hatchback
Passenger Count 5
Drive Wheels front-wheel drive
Manufacturer Kia
Nation of Manufacture South Korea
Base Prices LX hatchback: $13,990
LX sedan: $13,990
EX hatchback: $16,990
EX sedan: $17,190
SX hatchback: $18,090
SX sedan: $18,290

Base Engine
1.6-liter 4-cylinder
Horsepower
138
Std. Transmission
6-speed manual
Avail. Transmission
6-speed automatic
EPA City Range (mpg)
27-28
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
37

2014 Kia Rio 5-Door
2015 Kia Rio 5-Door