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.
For 2013, Kia offers its Idle Stop and Go (ISG) technology as part of the Rio EX's Eco package. ISG automatically shuts down the engine when stopped and then restarts it once the gas pedal is depressed. Also new are steering-wheel paddle shifters on the Rio SX.
The Kia Rio has been completely revamped for 2012 and has an even lower price tag. It's still available as a 4-door sedan, but adds a 5-door hatchback design, both of which sport a new look, a new engine and enough tech-savvy features to make others in its class jealous.
For 2010, the Rio5 receives a new front end treatment, keeping it inline with the new face of Kia. Changes include a new grille, headlamps and bumper, as well as full body-colored front and rear bumper and color-keyed side moldings. An "EcoMinder" fuel economy indictor light is made standard on all automatics, while Bluetooth, cruise control and integrated side mirror turn signals join the options list.
The Rio sedan and its hatchback sibling, the Rio 5-door, are Kia's smallest and least-expensive vehicles. Yet like every new car from the Korean automaker, the 2015 Kia Rio packs style, features and value. This 5-passenger subcompact starts under $15,000 and boasts fuel economy up to 37 mpg, which makes it attractive to younger drivers and buyers on a budget. Equally impressive is that, like every other new Kia, the Rio includes a powertrain warranty good for 10 years/100,000 miles. The 2015 Kia Rio continues to remind us that subcompacts have come a long way from their "econobox" days. The Rio remains an impressive entry among subcompacts, but new competition has arrived in the Nissan Versa Note and revamped Honda Fit, which boast even better fuel efficiency.