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2014 Kia Rio

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2014 Kia Rio Review

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KBB Expert Rating: 6.5

Although it romps on the roads with more established subcompacts such as the Ford Fiesta, Honda Fit and Chevy Sonic, the Kia Rio sedan and its 5-door friend, the Rio 5, outmaneuver them all with an unbeatable combination of price, features, power, fuel economy and warranty. One look at the Rio tells the viewer this is no Toyota Yaris. Looking more like a mini Sportage or Optima, the Rio is stylish both inside and out, plus it offers up features usually reserved for more expensive models. Its fuel-efficient 1.6-liter 4-cylinder engine uses gasoline direct-injection technology that helps the Rio to attain excellent fuel economy while delivering class-leading horsepower.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you’re on a tight budget, you don’t have to settle for a bare-bones car. The 2014 Kia Rio comes nicely equipped for around $16,000 and has the best warranty in the industry.

You May Not Like This Car If...

If you need a small car with a big interior, the 2014 Kia Rio isn’t as accommodating as a Honda Fit or Nissan Versa. The Chevy Sonic offers a sporty feel, while the Versa Note takes top honors in the fuel-economy category.

What's New for 2014

The 2014 Kia Rio and Rio 5 receive only minor enhancements this year. Additional plastic shielding under the car helps improve aerodynamics, while interior upgrades include a new water-temperature gauge. A redesigned Smart Key fob includes a folding key for added convenience.

Driving the Rio
Driving Impressions

We spent most of our time running the 2014 Kia Rio over long highway expanses. Not usually the best environment for testing an economy car, the Rio surprised us with...

... its peppy acceleration, stable ride and quiet interior. The Rio’s steering feel is nicely weighted and the car never felt as if it wanted to wander from our lane, even when big 18-wheelers blew past. The 138-horsepower, 1.6-liter engine is a willing participant once you move the tachometer needle past 3500 rpm, a fact true for almost all the Rio’s competitors save for the turbocharged Chevy Sonic. In comparison, we found the Rio’s handling fairly agile, but not as dialed-in as the Ford Fiesta or Mazda2. However, a comparably equipped Fiesta costs more than Rio, and the Mazda2 looks downright Spartan in comparison.

IDLE STOP-AND-GO (ISG) TECHNOLOGY
Idle stop-and-go technology simply shuts down the engine when the car comes to a stop and then immediately restarts when the accelerator pedal is depressed. The idea is to save fuel that would otherwise be wasted while idling.

ONBOARD NAVIGATION
Good luck finding a base-model, factory-installed navigation unit as good as this one, if you can find one at all in most of the Rio’s competitors.

2014 Kia Rio Details
2014 Kia Rio photo Interior

Aesthetics aside, what really sets the 2014 Kia Rio apart from the competition is its impressive list of standard and available features. The Rio incorporates a "3-tunnel" instrument panel with wraparound dash design that is simple and user-friendly. Some of the more notable available features include Bluetooth, a 7-inch navigation system with a rearview camera, push-button start, a UVO (“your voice” in Kia-speak) voice-activated infotainment system and leather seating surfaces.

Exterior
2014 Kia Rio photo

Our time with the 2014 Kia Rio was limited to the 5-door variant, which shares the same features and mechanical details with its 4-door sibling. Kia's design engineers wedged the Rio’s edges, sloped its shoulder lines and sculpted a look using design elements from its Optima and Sportage brethren. The 2014 Rio incorporates Kia’s signature grille flanked by slanted headlights and a large air dam. The base Rio sits on 15-inch steel wheels or alloys, but stepping to the up-level SX brings more stylish 17-inch alloys. All things said, it looks like the product of some serious Optima and Sportage canoodling.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The 2014 Kia Rio LX comes standard with a 6-speed manual transmission (a 6-speed automatic is available), air conditioning, a radio with auxiliary/USB input, steering-wheel audio controls and four speakers and that's about it. Power windows and door locks are optional. Stepping up to the EX and SX trims includes the power accessories and adds many other features: cruise control, UVO audio and rearview camera, AM/FM/CD/MP3/SiriusXM audio, Bluetooth, power door locks, power windows and other visual and convenience upgrades to the interior and exterior.

Optional Equipment

Options for the 2014 Kia Rio come in the forms of packages. For example, notable features in the SX Premium Package include push-button start with Smart Key, a navigation system, leather seating surfaces, heated front seats and a moonroof. The EX Convenience Package adds 15-inch alloy wheels, power-folding side mirrors, fog lights, rearview camera and the UVO infotainment system. The ECO package includes the ISG (Idle Stop and Go) technology and Active ECO system for optimal fuel-efficient driving

Under the Hood

Regardless of trim, motivation for the 2014 Kia Rio comes from a 138-horsepower, 1.6-liter direct-injected 4-cylinder engine mated to either a 6-speed manual or 6-speed automatic transmission. The Rio’s gas mileage numbers of 27 mpg in the city and 37 mpg on the highway are the same regardless of transmission choice. Helping with the fuel savings is the Rio’s ISG technology. The acronym stands for "Idle Stop and Go," which is a fuel-saving system that turns off the engine when the car is stopped and seamlessly turns it on again when the brake pedal is released. This eco-smart mechanism is good for approximately one more mpg in the city loop.

1.6-liter inline-4
138 horsepower @ 6,300 rpm
123 lb-ft of torque @ 4,850 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 27/37 mpg, 28/37 mpg (Eco)

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2014 Kia Rio Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.1
Out of 10

Based on 48 Ratings for the 2012 - 2016 models.

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  • Value
    8.5/10
    Quality
    8.0/10
  • Reliability
    9.0/10
    Performance
    7.9/10
  • Comfort
    8.0/10
    Styling
    8.1/10

I am LOVING this vehicle!!!

By on Tuesday, May 17, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 47,400

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Great car, great price & really is fun to drive!"

Cons: "No complaints"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

We now have 3 black vehicles in front but my Kia's the best of the bunch.

"I'm going from an SUV that was fun but I really didn't need. This vehicle found me and I'm glad it did because I'm having so much fun with it. Lots of room, power windows, a driver's seat that I can feel comfortable in with great support. Great gas mileage which I haven't had in a long time. AM/FM CD/MP3 SiriusXM radio (which I've never had before). I can't say enough good about it and a great dealership experience only added to it. I'm VERY happy with my purchase!!!"

4 people out of 9 found this review helpful

We now have 3 black vehicles in front but my Kia's the best of the bunch.

HAPPY ACCIDENT!!!

By on Friday, May 13, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 43,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Great price, good on gas, sporty look and design"

Cons: "no middle console"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I went to the dealership with intentions on buying a toyota camry. The Rio was next to the camry and it's red color caught my eye so I asked to test drive it. What a great surprise! It's very roomy on the inside and the body is a sleek, sporty design that I really love. It had a lot of features the camry didn't offer, such as the warranty, satellite radio, and eco function for gas. I have had it for about 2 months and so far no complaints! Really great on gas, and handles well on the road. I would recommend this car to anyone who wants a sporty sedan, with bells and whistles, without the high costs. Great for the price! Good luck :-)"

3 people out of 3 found this review helpful

One of my favorite cars ive owned

By on Wednesday, November 18, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 35,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Cant beat the price for the goods."

Cons: "I miss power door locks but it aint a deal breaker"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"This car is amazing for the money. Fit n finish is high, peppy engine, solid auto trans 6 speed, 34 mpg city / 43 mpg highway., lots of width in the front for driver and passenger, lots of length for driver (I'm 6'3.5") , sporty looks, radio above average sound, road noise minimal with stock tires. I have 35 k. miles on the odometer. No trouble ----- I like to drive it each day."

21 people out of 40 found this review helpful

My little dream

By on Wednesday, October 7, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 800

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Great price, easy to park, fun to drive"

Cons: "Road noise if you don't upgrade tires"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Had this car for about a month now and it's really great! I drive on the highway on my way to work and it handles really well even as big trucks went by. Accelerates pretty well. I average 35 mpg. The interior is the best part, love my clear back up camera, nice room in front&back, lots of cup holders and overall nice details! The outside of the car is very stylish looks like a smaller optima and I love the turn signal lights on the mirrors. Love the warranty and love this car!"

16 people out of 34 found this review helpful

great car

By on Wednesday, September 30, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 20,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "great quality, great warranty"

Cons: "so far none"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"had a 2010 yaris, was a gutless worm, really noisy, traded it in after 3yrs, got rio5 & really happy, better gas mileage, way better brakes, handling, quieter, better performance, just a great little hatchback, get the upgraded model though, I like cc, tilt wheel, I bought the sx top of the line model, no problems with anything so far........"

14 people out of 24 found this review helpful

I love my Kia Rio!

By on Sunday, June 28, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 40

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Great MPG, affordable, sleek car seats"

Cons: "no center console"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I had recently bought a Kia Rio brand new, and after driving it for about 40-50 miles, which by now is about 70, I love this car! It has 37 MPG and honestly the only small gripe about it, is that there is no center armrest, which hurts my elbow as it is used to having something to place it on. There is also more than plenty of room for people in the back and front. The trunk is great because how it is built, if you have something like metal in the back and it hits the side of the car, it won't dent the car's side body. I truly love this car, and Kia's 100,000 mile, 10 year warranty!"

36 people out of 60 found this review helpful

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