Changes for the 2014 Kia Rio:
Kia improves the 2014 Rio models’ aerodynamics by adding underbody covers. Additional changes include a new water temperature display, a nicer leather-wrapped steering wheel, and a new key design.
Available as a 4-door sedan or a 5-door hatchback, the 2014 Kia Rio is offered in LX, EX, and SX trim levels. Choose the Rio EX, and the car comes with an automatic transmission, Bluetooth connectivity, upgraded stereo speakers, power windows, power door locks, remote keyless entry, a tilt/telescopic steering wheel, cruise control, a center console with a sliding armrest, and nicer seat fabric. The 5-door hatchback also gets a storage tray under the cargo floor. What the Rio EX needs is a set of 16-inch aluminum wheels, but those are not available.
The Rio SX solves the car’s under-tired appearance with a great-looking set of 17-inch aluminum wheels. This model also dresses up the exterior with LED running lights, LED taillights, fog lights, power folding exterior mirrors with turn signal indicators, and more. A sport-tuned suspension is standard for the Rio SX, along with paddle shifters, upgraded Supervision gauges, soft-touch dashboard material, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, and metal pedals. Additionally, this model features automatic headlights, a UVO infotainment system with a touchscreen display, a reversing camera, LED map lights, and illuminated vanity mirrors. Leather seats are optional for the Rio SX.
Engines and Transmissions:
Every 2014 Kia Rio is equipped with a 138-horsepower, 1.6-liter 4-cylinder engine. A 6-speed manual gearbox is standard with LX trim, while the Rio EX and Rio SX get a standard 6-speed automatic transmission.
Fuel Economy Ratings:
Regardless of transmission choice, the 2014 Kia Rio is rated to get 31 mpg in combined driving. Choose the Rio EX and add the optional Eco Package, which includes an Idle Stop and Go (ISG) system, and the city fuel economy rating rises from 27 mpg to 28 mpg. The combined rating does not change.
In crash tests performed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the 2014 Rio receives an overall rating of 4 stars. Note, however, that in side-impact tests, the NHTSA found a potential for increased risk of rear-seat occupant injury due to rear door panel intrusion into the vehicle.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) also downgrades the Rio’s performance in side-impact testing, giving the car an “Acceptable” rating in this regard. More worrisome, however, is the “Marginal” rating the Rio earns in the small overlap frontal-impact crash test. This is, however, a better result than many Rio competitors can claim, and the car does achieve a “Good” rating for moderate overlap frontal-impact, rear-impact injury prevention, and roof crush strength.
Kia’s ISG technology, optional for the EX model, automatically shuts off the engine when the Rio is idling in traffic or at an intersection in order to help conserve fuel. The Rio SX can be optioned with a voice-command navigation system and a passive keyless entry system with push-button starting.
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